Chasing 253, Australia were bundled out for 202 runs. A 21-year-old off-spinner, who was just making his mark in worldwide cricket, stepped up and stunned the team that was known as "The Invincibles" with a maiden hat-trick at the Eden Gardens. The victory was also India's eighth in a row in ODIs. So did the Aussies have a gameplan for the Indian spinners? If your current two spinners are doing well, then it becomes hard for the senior spinners to make a comeback.
Kumar made the ball talk in his opening spell, removing the risky David Warner and Hilton Cartwright to leave the Australians at nine for two.
Steve Smith had spoken about the surface having "More grass than he'd seen anywhere else in India!" but in actuality, the covering was only there to bind the surface together. When you lose wickets in clumps, one gets tentative. "It came off today so it looked nice, it didn't in Chennai so it didn't look nice".
Australia skipper Steve Smith and Travis Head calmed things down with a 76-run partnership before Head was sent packing by Yuzvendra Chahal for 39.
Considering, it was a low scoring match, Virat's knock was rated as the man of the match performance by the jury and Kuldeep Yadav, who became the first ever Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket, was ignored.
His best ball without a doubt was the hat-trick ball. But, it went the other way from the right-hander to take a faint edge en route to the ever-ready Dhoni.
Kapil was the only ODI bowler to have got a hat-trick at the iconic Eden so far. We did not have any batters at the end, except Marcus Stoinis.
Exploiting the true bounce on the Eden Gardens surface, the Australian speed guns found their groove with some disciplined bowling throughout the innings, bowling out India for 252. Kohli continued his stellar strokeplay enroute to 92, until Coulter-Nile got one past his bat and into the stumps. Whether or not it's hit down the ground or sweep the ball.
The time Kohli and Rahane were at the crease India were on course for a big score but the latter's dismissal in the 24th over opened the gates for Australia.
Pacer Cummins (1/34) and left-arm spinner Agar (1/54) also picked up a wicket each for Australia. "Last match, I was thrashed for three sixes (in an over) and it was a learning experience for me", he added.
However, Rahane was unable to make the most of his fifty as he was run out by Hilton Cartwright for 55, which came off 64 balls and included seven boundaries. In a remarkable turnaround, the duo has eclipsed the tried and tested Ashwin and Jadeja to be India's frontline limited-overs' spinners.
Kohli played on to be denied his 31st ODI century, while Jadhav while attempting a cut, was holed up by Glenn Maxwell. Incentive for win India will have added incentive for a good showing here.