With this win, India drew level     almost     with South at the top of ICC ODI rankings. Both sides are on 119 points, South Africa being ahead by mere decimal points.    AFP
With this win, India drew level almost with South at the top of ICC ODI rankings. Both sides are on 119 points, South Africa being ahead by mere decimal points. AFP

From the hot and humid Chennai, the arena shifted to a hotter and more humid Kolkata. Eden Gardens never fails to surprise. India and Australia had to cancel practice sessions due to persistent rains but on the match day, challenging conditions and a two-paced surface with occasional lively bounce greeted the teams. Riding on Virat Kohli s 92, Ajinkya Rahane s breezy 55, Kuldeep Yadav s hat-trick, disciplined spells from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal, India pulled off a 50-run win over Australia to climb to the No. 2 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings. A decimal separates them from South Africa who sit atop.

Here are the video highlights from the Eden encounter.

All is well between Ganguly and Sehwag: Virender Sehwag s lack of setting comment costing him Team India s coach s job had apparently upset Sourav Ganguly, who is member of CoA. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president truly proved Sehwag is much dear to him when he invited the former opener alongside Jhulan Goswami to ring the iconic Eden Gardens-bell ahead of the 2nd ODI.

Cummins mystery ball: The heat had taken its toll right since the game got underway. Cummins ran in to bowl a delivery in the fifth over, his hand clipped his hip and the ball lobbed up, leaving the batsman Rahane wondering about the lobbed-up delivery, Cummins on ground and his skipper Steven Smith was in splits. In the commentary box, Harsha Bhogle wondered if the bowler was fine but Michael Clarke saw the funny side and quipped, That s his mystery ball.

THAT perfect shot: Australians had their plans ready for Kohli. He was sweating. He was edgy at the start. There were the occasional leading edges. His dry run against Australia began in the Test series. He hadn t played an innings of note against this opposition since that brilliant half-century in the ICC World T20 2016.

Kane Richardson was bowling the ninth over when Kohli executed that perfect cover drive, which has made him the beast that he is. Who says perfection can t be achieved? This is a treat for sore eyes.

The Breezy Rahane: There was bounce in the surface. The ball was coming on to the bat. When that happens, Rahane usually doesn t fail to enthrall with his artistry. Nathan Coulter-Nile s bag of tricks didn t have enough to counter Rahane. The Mumbai batsman stroked 7 fours in an innings of 55. It was pity he fell to a run-out. Not the Australians, the Kolkata heat got the better of him. However this array of shots are timeless

The Master: I have been following the game for over two decades now. Have watched the mastery of the Tendulkars, Laras and Pontings. In ODIs, have seen Sachin Tendulkar dominate like no other, Sanath Jayasuriya changing the way it is being played, Mark Waugh and Saeed Anwar s grace, Inzamam-ul-Haq and MS Dhoni s control, Ganguly s ability to dominate spin but this guy is special. Kohli controls an ODI innings like none. He came agonisingly close to surpass Ricky Ponting s tally of 30 hundreds, sweeter it would have come against Australia.

Kohli fell 8 short of a well-deserved century but the knock proved to be enough to script India s win. He shared a 102-run second wicket stand with Rahane. There were plenty of chit-chats, first with Marcus Stoinis, then Matthew Wade but he kept going. Take a look at the array of strokes.

Pandya s lucky escape: One of the most sorry pictures in cricket history has to be David Warner calling for medical attention when Phillip Hughes is down on the ground after that Sean Abbott bouncer stuck him at SCG 3 years back.

Warner, Smith and other Australian players circled around Hardik Pandya this time and immediately called for medical attention. The Indian all-rounder had been hit on the face by a straight hit from Bhuvneshwar. What looked serious at first, luckily turned out to be a minor injury. But here s the impact:

Maxwell outfoxed: Smith was batting well at one end. He had just lost his well-set partner Travis Head. Glenn Maxwell began with 2 back-to-sixes off Kuldeep. The bravado could have taken a backseat. Indians were plotting his fall. Jasprit Bumrah came and tied him down for 5 balls. Next over, Chahal wanted him to try and propel the scoring. There were loopy flights and Maxwell was struggling to get them away. The wicket could be sniffed, and here Chahal bowled one to middle and leg, Maxwell erred and Dhoni doesn t miss those

Kuldeep lights up Eden: Kuldeep knows a bit about this venue. It s for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that he first made a name for himself. At the very venue he became the third Indian and first Indian spinner to claim a hat-trick in ODIs. Co-incidentally in 2001, Harbhajan Singh got his hat-trick against Australia here.

Kuldeep dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Cummins off successive deliveries.

Stoinis loves Eden: Playing his second ODI, earlier this year, Marcus Stoinis almost pulled off an impossible feat at Eden Park, Auckland. Australia were chasing 287 and were 67 for 6. Stoinis 146 not out kept them in the hunt till he ran out of partners. At the other Eden, a same script ensued. His partners made their way back while he kept going, keeping Australia in the hunt. He finished with a 65-ball 62 not out, eventually running out of partners.