Pat Cummins (Image courtesy: Getty)
Pat Cummins (Image courtesy: Getty)

Australia succumbed to another defeat against India in the second ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The batsmen faltered again as Australia collapsed to a 50-run defeat, handing India 2-0 lead in the series. Rightly so, the batters earned the ire of skipper Steven Smith but the bowlers did a very good job, giving away 67 off the last 15 overs and claiming 7 wickets. They did so in sapping Kolkata heat. Reportedly, the apparent temperature, which includes humidity, wind and radiation from sun, had reached 42 degrees Celsius at Eden Gardens on Thursday afternoon. Pat Cummins, who finished with 34 for 1 in his 10 overs called this hottest one-day game anyone said they’ve played . ALSO READ: Michael Bevan wants to be Australia s batting coach in ODIs

In the same Bengal region, Australia squared off against Bangladesh. They lost the Dhaka Test but came back well at Chittagong to level the series 1-1. In sapping heat and humidity, Peter Handscomb during his knock of 82, lost 4.5 kilos. Cummins, who despite the heat managed to clock 150 kph, compared the heat on par with the one in Bangladesh.

It felt similar to Dhaka, I reckon, just below Chittagong. But that s the hottest one-day game anyone said they ve played. I think the 50 overs felt like it was about 200 overs out there. You only had to look at Wadey (wicketkeeper Matthew Wade), it was 15 overs in and he was on all fours. So it s not great conditions, Cummins told Cricket Australia.

Virat Kohli is regarded as one of the fittest players in the game. The heat took toll on the Indian skipper as well, who sweated profusely and was seen tiring in his innings of 92.

You pretty much try and change all your clothes because they re just sodden through with sweat. If you ve got strapping you try and get that re-strapped. You just try and get one or two overs just to cool down and have some ice blocks, change all your gear and try and freshen up, Cummins added.

In both the games, Australian bowlers put the batsmen in a serious spot of bother. In Chennai, India were reduced to 87 for 5, and in Kolkata, they conceded 67 for 7 in last 15 overs.

As a player and a teammate it s frustrating when it’s out of your control. We got in a position in both games where we could’ve taken the game away from India. It was unfortunate that there was a couple of wickets but we have just got to try and find a way to fix that up. There are still three games left so we can still win the series. I thought it was a great effort from the five or six bowlers. There were no big overs so I think to keep them to 250 on a really good batting wicket and batting conditions in the afternoon, I thought it was a great job, the 24-year-old added.

The teams will lock horns at Indore for the third ODI on Sunday. Cummins, preparing for the Ashes, will leave to Australia after the 5-match ODI series.