Smith is set to play his 100th ODI at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Persistent rain is threatening to derail Australia's bid to level their one-day global series against India in Kolkata. The pair, first of their kind to bowl in tandem in an ODI for India - that's across 43 years and 923 matches - have caused their rivals quite a few problems and would be expected to play an important role here as well.
When Reporters asked about the rivalry against Virat Kohli, the Australian captain said: "I think Virat is a terrific player and captain". In the first ODI of the series in Chennai, Kohli had perished for a rare duck.
India won the toss and elected to bat with skipper Virat Kohli top-scoring for the hosts after he struck 92 off 107 deliveries before he was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, Steven Smith's side failed to impress with the bat as only Apart from David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner scored double in double digits for the visitors. Earlier this year, he almost dragged Australia to a win from an improbable position in chase of 289 with a counter-attacking 146 at Eden Park, only for Australia to fall six runs short. India has a good record at Eden Gardens and if Rohit Sharma fires today then no one can stop India to win the match.
In the process, the skipper notched up his 45th ODI half-ton.
Left-arm wrist spinner Yadav and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three wickets each while Chahal and paceman Hadik Pandya took two each.
When Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey all departed within seven balls of one another, India were flailing at 4/30 and firmly on the ropes. Smith rotated the bowling duties between Stoinis, Richardson and Ashton Agar, and even turned to Travis Head, but often missed a trick by not employing a mid-wicket fielder for Kohli, who regularly shuffled across and flicked the ball away to pinch some runs. He fell eight short of becoming the second-placed batsmen in the all-time ODI ton-scorer list, after playing a Coulter-Nile ball onto his stumps. But the good news is that the Regional Meteorological Centre has ruled out chances of rain on match day.
Peace was finally brokered after months of impasse between Cricket Australia and the players' union on August 3 with the Australian team then travelling to Bangladesh and playing two Tests.