India defeated Australia by 99 runs in the rain-interrupted second ODI to take a comfortable 2-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday. Batting first, India put up a huge 399 runs on the scoreboard with centuries from Shubman Gill and Shreyas Gill after being forced to bat first. KL Rahul made 52 off 38 balls while Ishan Kishan contributed an 18-ball 31, while Suryakumar Yadav needed just 37 balls to score 72 runs after reaching his half-century in just 24 deliveries. A target of 317 in 33 overs was set after the day's second rain interruption. Australia couldn't reach the total as they were all out for 217 in 28.2 overs. The Men in Blues secured the India vs Australia 3-match ODI series and they will go into the third match with more confidence than ever.
The Men in Blues scored their highest-ever ODI total against Australia after scoring 399 runs at Holkar Stadium in Indore. They have overtaken their previous best of 383 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill had a wonderful time with the bat, as they both added 200 for the second wicket. This partnership handed the much-needed foundation for Team India. Shreyas Iyer scored his third ODI century and scored 105 runs in 90 balls. Shubman Gill also kept his consistency and went on to score his sixth ODI century and his fifth in 2023. Gill scored 104 runs on 97 balls. Shubman is having a career-defining year and it will also help India during the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
After a huge stand between Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, Indian skipper KL Rahul, and the dangerous Suryakumar Yadav kept the assault going. Rahul scored a half-century before he lost his wicket. Surykumar had a memorable day as he smashed four consecutive sixes of Cameron Green's over. Surya smashed 72 runs in just 37 balls with six fours and six sixes. Cameron Green conceded 103 runs in his 10 overs, a day to forget for sure. Ishan Kishan also played a brilliant cameo of 31 in just 19 deliveries to help India reach a big score like this.
For Australia, no end to the losing streak. Their fifth defeat in a row was anything but ideal with the World Cup less than two weeks away. They do though still have players to come back in but it was indeed a poor performance in the second ODI at Indore. The first ODI was always a disaster for them but no one expected the Aussies to go on and put up no competition especially just before the World Cup. Prasidh Krishna probably ended the game when he picked up the wicket of Smith who returned to the dugout for a golden duck.
David Warner scored a half-century but he too couldn't extend his inning to a big score. Except for him, no other batters stood up and it cost the match and the series. Sean Abbott played a good inning but it was too late to chase the total that huge. The Target was cut into 317 runs to chase in just 33 overs. It was surely harsh but it is safe to say that the Aussies failed big time. Jadeja and Ashwin both picked up three wickets each which was enough to separate the teams while defending the total. Australia lost the match by 99 runs (DLS) and also the series but they would like to end the series on a positive note ahead of the World Cup.