- Australia win the second ODI and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series
- After almost 9 months, the Indian team, playing the first international series, suffered a defeat.
- Australia scored a mammoth 389 for 4 in the second ODI in Sydney, India lost by 51 runs
- Steve Smith hit a century for Australia, Indian captain Virat Kohli also scored 89 runs
The poor performance of the Indian team continued in the second ODI as well and Australia defeated them by 51 runs in Sydney on Sunday. Under the leadership of Aaron Finch, the hosts won and also captured the three-match ODI series. Australia won the first ODI by 66 runs at the same ground. Now the third ODI will be played at Manuka Oval in Canberra on 2 December.
Australia’s huge score
Australia scored a mammoth score of 389 for 4 wickets, after which the Indian team could score 338 runs for 9 wickets. Smith (104) hit a century for the hosts. Apart from them, opener David Warner contributed 83, Marnus Labuschen 70, Glenn Maxwell 63 not out and captain Aaron Finch contributed 60 runs. Indian bowlers once again proved to be expensive. Mohammad Shami took 1 wicket for 73 runs while Jaspreet Bumrah took 79 runs to take 1 wicket. Hardik Pandya bowled 4 overs and got one wicket for 24 runs.
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Virat-Rahul frozen but again broken dream
Captain Virat Kohli scored 89 runs for the Indian team, chasing a target of 390 runs. He added 72 runs for the fourth wicket with Lokesh Rahul (76). Rahul hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in 66 balls. Both of them once raised hope but then the dream of Indian fans broke with defeat. For Australia, Pat Cummins took 3 wickets for 67 runs while Josh Hazlewood and Adam Jampa took 2-2 wickets. Henriques and Glenn Maxwell also took 1–1 wickets.
India’s international comeback was not pleasant
India’s return to international cricket has not been a pleasant one. After almost 9 months, the Indian team, playing the first international series, has suffered defeat. Once again, the Indian bowling was helpless in front of the Kangaroo batsmen. Australia scored 389 runs for four wickets. Steve Smith then scored a century and Aaron Finch, David Warner, Marnus Labushane and Glenn Maxwell hit Pachasa. In response, the Indian team could score runs despite captain Virat Kohli’s 89 and KL Rahul’s 76.
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Agarwal and Dhawan shared a half-century partnership
Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan once again formed a half-century partnership for India. Both added 58 runs for the first wicket. India got its first setback as Shikha Dhawan. Dhawan scored 30 off 23 balls and became the victim of Josh Hejluvad. In the very next over, Agarwal also scored 28 runs and was caught by Alex Carrie behind the wicket off Pat Cummins.
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Kohli-Iyer took over
After this, captain Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer together supported the Indian innings. Both added 93 runs for the third wicket. However, the pressure of rungati continued to increase. Both conceded around 14 overs for this partnership. Iyer, in an attempt to increase the pace of runs, scored 38 runs off 36 balls and was caught by Henry Smith off Steve Smith.
Captain Kohli raised hopes
India’s hopes still rested on Virat Kohli. Kohli was also seen in color. It seemed that Kohli, who is called the Chase Master, should once again do charisma. Kohli was settling down and was looking towards a century. But at such a time, Moises Henrikes floated in the air, sending Kohli back to the pavilion off Josh Hejluvd. Kohli smashed 89 off 87 balls.
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Rahul continues the struggle
KL Rahul continued the struggle thereafter. However, the target was so big that it was very difficult for Team India to achieve it. Rahul starts opening hands but Adam Jampa traps him in the web of his spin. Pressure IPL Orange Cap winner Rahul, however, could not maintain this pace and was dismissed for 76 off 66 balls.
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Cummins sent pavilion to Pandya and Jadeja on consecutive balls
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also made some good shots but both batsmen returned to the pavilion off consecutive balls from Pat Cummins. Cummins had Jadeja (24) caught by Maxwell on the first ball of the 47th over. Then on the very next ball, Pandya (28) was caught by Smith. Jadeja hit a four and 11 sixes off 11 balls while Pandya hit 1 four, 1 six off 31 balls.
Australia’s strong score
Australia’s batting line-up once again scored runs on India’s poor bowling and scored a mountain-like score of 389 runs after losing four wickets in 50 overs in the second ODI on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australian batsmen continued the form of the first match and the faces of the Indian bowlers were seen in despair. Australia had scored 374 runs in the first ODI, which was their highest score against India in ODIs, which they crossed a day later and scored a new score.
Top order shows strength
Australia’s top five batsmen scored over 50 runs. Steve Smith scored a century and the remaining four scored a half-century. The opening pair of David Warner (83) and Aaron Finch Finch shared 142 runs for the first wicket. This is the pair’s second consecutive century partnership against India. In the first ODI match played on the same ground, both of them added 156 runs.
First in 978 matches
This is the third consecutive time in ODIs when India have scored a century partnership for the first wicket and it is also a record. For the first time in the history of 978 ODI matches, there was a century partnership against India for the first wicket in three consecutive ODIs. Before these two ODIs, the pair of Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls of New Zealand added 106 for the first wicket at Mount Maunganui. Like the first match, Warner and Finch scored easily in this match.
Shami achieved first success
Mohammed Shami gave India the first success by scoring Finch out for a total of 142. Finch’s catch was caught by Virat Kohli. Warner was run out by Shreyas Iyer on a total score of 156. Finch hit six fours and a six in his 69-ball innings. Warner played 77 balls, with seven fours and three sixes. Even after these two, India’s troubles did not ease.
Smith’s Another Century
Centurion Smith and young batsman Marnus Labushan of the first match gave the rung a steady boost. These two batsmen shared a partnership of 132 runs for the third wicket. Smith completed another century. Like the first match, Smith could not last long after completing a century in this match. After a long time, he caught Shami off the ball of Hardik Pandya who came to bowl. Smith scored 104 off 64 balls. He hit 14 fours and two sixes.
Third consecutive century against India
This is Smith’s third consecutive ODI century against India. Earlier, he scored 131 against India in Bengaluru in January this year, 105 in the previous match and a century in this match. He is the fourth batsman to have scored three consecutive centuries against India in ODIs. Before Smith, Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas, Nasir Jamshed and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock have scored three consecutive centuries against India.
Maxwell’s unbeaten fifty
Labushan completed his fifty after Smith’s departure and continued to beat the Indian bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah catches Labushain by Mayank Agarwal. Glenn Maxwell returned unbeaten on 63 off 29 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes. Bumrah, Shami, Pandya took one wicket each for India.
Indian bowlers proved expensive again
Indian bowlers once again proved to be expensive. Pesar Mohammad Shami took 1 wicket for 73 runs while Jaspreet Bumrah took 79 runs to take 1 wicket. Hardik Pandya bowled 4 overs and got one wicket for 24 runs. Navdeep Saini gave 70 runs in 7 overs while Yuzvendra Chahal took 71 runs in 9 overs. Ravindra Jadeja conceded 60 runs in 10 overs while Mayank Agarwal conceded 10 runs in the only over.