INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 2ND ODI- AUSTRALIA BEAT INDIA BY 51 RUNS, WINS THE SERIES BY 2-0
Australia defeated India by 51 runs in India vs Australia 2nd ODI at SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) on 29th November. Virat Kohli’s 89 and KL Rahul’s 76 were not enough for the visitors to defeat Australia. With this win, Australia is leading the series by 2-0 and has taken sweet revenge for their last ODI series defeat in India.
After winning the toss Australia Went on to bat on the bouncy wicket. As usual, David Warner and Aaron Finch made a good partnership, this time of 142 runs in 23 overs. Again Indian bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough in the first powerplay and got hit till 23rd over. Mohammad Shami took the first wicket for India by sending Aaron Finch to the dugout who made 60 off 69 balls. David Warner again amazed the fans with his 77 balls 83, smashed seven 4s and three 6s.
Steve Smith Continued to dominate Indian bowlers, smacked Indian bowlers ruthlessly. He scored 104 runs off 64 balls, registering his 5th ODI ton against India.
Along with Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne contributed with 70 runs which came off 61 deliveries. Marnus also found Indian bowlers playing easy as they looked lost, looking like they haven’t adjusted with the condition yet.
Hard hitter Glenn Maxwell shined again as he notched up a quickfire 63 runs from 29 balls with the help of 4 boundaries and four sixes. Australia gave a headache of 390 runs to chase down for India.
Indian bowling lineup let the fans down again with their poor show. with the ball. Most of the bowlers leaked above 8 run an over. Only Ravindra Jadeja bowled an economical spell (60 runs in 10 overs). But he upset the team by dropping two catches.
Hardik Pandya’s comeback with the bowl after a long break was the only good outcome for India. He bagged the big wicket of Steve Smith who smashed a ton. He conceded 24 runs in 4 overs. Hardick bowled for the first time after his back surgery which was done one year ago.
In reply, Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan were going well by making 50 runs in 6 overs. India lost Mayank Agarwal as he got nicked in Pat Cummins ball. Dhawan also departed for 30 runs only before getting haunted by Josh Hazlewood. Once again India’s openers failed to cross 100 runs partnership which could have been beneficial for the next batsmen.
Skipper Kohli was the highest run getter for India with 89 runs off 87 balls before falling in the trap of Josh Hazlewood. Shreyas Iyer also added 38 runs for India. India’s new wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul also contributed by making 76 runs off 66 balls, Before being the victim of Adam zampa.
Australian bowlers showed their class for the 2nd consecutive time. They exactly bowled where Indian players were struggling. Josh Hazlewood bagged 2 wickets for 59 runs in his 10 overs spell. Adam Zampa also had 2 scalps for 62 runs in his bowling quota.
Pat Cummins got three wickets for 67 runs in 10 overs. Moises Henriques and Glenn Maxwell took one wicket respectively.
Steve Smith earned Man of the Match for the second time in the series for his stupendous hundred.