A five-wicket haul from Mitchell Starc while bowling first & then brilliant knocks from Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head helped Australia to a stunning 10-wicket victory against India in the second ODI of the three-match series, at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Australia bundled out India for 117 with Starc taking five wickets while Sean Abbott took three wickets. Nathan Ellis also scalped two wickets. For India, Virat Kohli was the top scorer with 31 runs while Axar Patel remained unbeaten for 29*. Later, Marsh and Head brought up their respective half-centuries and remained unbeaten for 66* and 51* as the visitors claimed a 10-wicket win in just 11 overs. With this win, Australia have levelled the INDvsAUS three-match ODI series 1-1.
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INDvsAUS 2nd ODI: Match Report
Australia dominated India with their bowling attack after deciding to ball first
Starc was the destructor in chief for Australia with the new ball in the first ODI, here he is again. Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shubman Gill all fell to him. Rohit Sharma has had his own problems to deal with against left-arm pace. Shubman Gill hit the ball toward the point fielder and Australia got their first wicket. Although India lost an early wicket, they still reached 32 runs in the first four overs. The fifth over completely changed the course of the match.
The left-arm curse strikes again for the Indian captain Rohit Sharma. Edged and caught at first slip by Steve Smith, a fine catch by the Australian captain. On the next ball, Starc sent Suryakumar Yadav to the pavilion by lbw and he was on a hattrick for the second game in a row. He missed his hattrick chance but a double wicket maiden from Starc was everything, that Australia needed. Starc just didn’t stop there and went on to take his fourth wicket by sending Rahul for only 9 runs.
Hardik Pandya also failed to contribute to his team as Sean Abbott claimed the wicket. Steve Smith with a blinder at the first slip. Ravindra Jadeja came in & with Virat Kohli, he made a good partnership but Nathan Ellis dismissed Virat Kohli on his very second delivery of the match for 31 runs & India lost their sixth wicket for just 71 runs on the scoresheet. Ellis picked up Ravindra Jadeja quite brilliantly as Alex Carey took the catch.
Axar Patel fought till the end & remained not out with 29* important runs for India. Sean Abbott sent Kuldeep & Shami both back to the dugout in the same over as India lost their ninth wicket for 103 runs. Mitchell Starc with the last blow helped to bundle out the Indian batting lineup for only 117 runs as he took his fifth wicket of the match.
Travis Head & Mitchell Marsh led Australia to their victory in the 2nd ODI as they levelled the INDvsAUS series by 1-1
India has been bowled out cheaply in the 2nd ODI. It is hard to recall when India batted badly in home conditions. Australia has been sensational with the ball. Steve Smith has been terrific with his captaincy and making the bowling changes at the right time. Starc looked in top form and bowled one of the best spells of his career picking up his ninth five-wicket haul. Now, it was just time to put the cherry on top by completing the chase easily. Travis Head & Mitchell Marsh took the responsibility and without any hesitation or pressure, Australia completed their chase within only 11 overs. Mitchell Marsh with a destructive inning of 66* runs in 36 deliveries with six sixes & six fours.
Travis Head also didn’t fall behind as he scored 51* runs in only 30 deliveries with ten fours. Australia dominated India very much in the 2nd ODI with both bat & bowl. India just didn’t get the chance to come back in the match. Australia took every chance they got & now the INDvsAUS series winner will be decided in the final ODI at Chennai.