The second ODI at the Gabba was pretty similar to the first ODI. Rohit Sharma was once again simply flawless and batted with the utmost class. The initial few overs had the same old story as Shikhar Dhawan departed early. Dhawan currently seems to be in a phase of serious self-doubt and does not seem to have confidence in his own abilities. He was dismissed while trying to chase a wide one outside off from Joel Paris.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma collaborated and their partnership was just a treat to the eyes. The 125 run stand between India’s best batsmen was filled with an array of heartwarming strokes. Just when the two looked like running away with the game, there was a communication blunder between them and that led to Kohli’s run out.
Sharma was joined by fellow Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who seemed to be on a roll. Rahane timed the ball beautifully and assisted Rohit superbly in the second half of his innings. Sharma soon registered the 10th ODI ton of his career and was about to go berserk when his stint was cut short by a run out.
Barring Rahane, the Indian lower middle order struggled miserably as just 75 runs were scored from the last 10 overs. Had Rahane not played that blinder, the Indians would have even struggled to get past 300. Australia did not have any issues in chasing the target as the Indian bowling looked clueless. With 3 matches to go, Australia are just one win away from winning the series.
Below are the statistical highlights for the second ODI.
1. 10. India have failed to defend a total in excess of 300 on ten occasions.
2. 63. Ajinkya Rahane, like his idol Rahul Dravid, took 63 innings in order to get to 2000 ODI career runs.
3. 94.76. Steve Smith surely enjoys batting against India and his average just seconds that.
4. 3rd. The second ODI was the third instance in ODIs when a team failed to defend a 300+ total on consecutive occasions.
5. 309. This was the highest chase at the Gabba.