But it was Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 55, who laid the foundation for the victory with their 102-run second-wicket partnership that made India post 252 all out. "We didn't feel like we had enough on the board at the break. But we knew if we had a good start we (would) have a good chance of defending it," said Kohli, who received the man of the match award. "Bhuvi's (Kumar) spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would do damage in the middle. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable."
Australia rally after 50s from Kohli and Rahane to restrict India to 252 in the 2nd #INDvAUS ODI.SCORECARD: https://t.co/8861maq9VL pic.twitter.com/4x4BkPs3WP — ICC (@ICC) September 21, 2017
"We were pretty happy with 250, thought we pulled things back pretty well. Did a really good job there. Batters though made poor decisions, and you can't do that against a quality team like India," said Smith. "Stoinis was good at the end there, just needed someone to bat with. One of the top four needs to go on and make a hundred," he added.
कुल का दीपक चमक गया....well bowled, Kuldeep Yadav ?? three balls turned a forgettable outing into one to cherish for the rest of your life!— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 21, 2017
Earlier fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson claimed three wickets each to pull things back for the visitors after India started off strongly. Pandya and Kumar also scored 20 each to add valuable runs to the total with their 35-run seventh-wicket partnership.
You won't see a better hat trick ball than that from Kuldeep Yadav! So happy for the young man.???#HatTrick— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 21, 2017
There was also a bit of drama in the 48th over of the Indian innings when Pandya was caught off a no-ball, but Smith ran him out only to see the batsman walking off the ground following a slight drizzle. Smith and company tried to argue with the on-field umpires for their run out call but in vain. The third match is scheduled for Sunday in Indore.
Kuldeep Yadav is only the 3rd Indian after Chetan Sharma (1987) and Kapil Dev (1991) to take hat-trick in ODIs. #INDvAUS— ESPNcricinfo stats (@ESPNcric_stats) September 21, 2017