In Sydney, Indian bowlers were once again hapless against Australia in the second ODI as the hosts led by Aaron Finch set up another monstrous 390-run target. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami failed to get wickets with the new ball while Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini proved expensive.
The dearth of bowling options came to hurt India again. Although Hardik Pandya came to bowl four overs, Australia on the other side scored runs quickly. Eventually, India lost the match by 51 runs after managing to get 338 on the board.
Opting to bat first, Australia had a slow but steady start. The opening pair Aaron Finch and David Warner brought up the fifty runs partnership in eight overs. And few overs later, Warner completed his fifty.
As India went wicketless in the powerplay, the host was set to give another nightmare to them. In the 14th over, a chance of run-out was created, but Warner’s full-length dive saved him. The pair continued to make merry and completed a 100-run stand in the 16th over.
Finally, India got the much-needed breakthrough in 23rd over off Mohammed Shami’s bowl as Aaron Finch gave an easy catch to Virat Kohli. And in the next three overs, Warner was run-out. Although he dived full, Shreyas Iyer direct hit sent him to hut for 83.
Steve Smith scores consecutive second century:
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne continued to damaged India’s bowling attack. The former amassed 50 runs off 38 balls while the latter played second fiddle. In 39th over, Smith and Labuschange completed another 100 runs stand, and Australia was set to give more than 300+ targets.
Soon after Smith brought his second hundred, Hardik Pandya, who finally returned to bowl, took his wicket. Labuschagne went on to score fifty before he was dropped on 44 by Ravindra Jadeja off Hardik’s bowling. Finally, in the 49th over, Bumrah sent him to the pavilion.
In the last over, Glenn Maxwell was also dropped on 49 by Mohammed Shami off Saini’s over. He then, hit two sixes to complete his half-century and took Australia’s score to 389 runs.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul half-centuries went into vain:
Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan gave a fiery start, taking India’s score past 50 in seven overs. But in the 8th over, Josh Hazlewood notched the southpaw’s wicket, and in the very next over, Agarwal was sent back.
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer had to start the rebuilding process and took time to settle in. The latter struggled to face short balls and bouncers, but he attacked the spinner. The duo’s partnership starting fruiting but Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell chocked them in the middle.
Soon after Kohli completed his half-century, Iyer gave away his wicket to the allrounder Moises Henriques as Steve Smith took a stunning catch.
KL Rahul, who came after Iyer’s departure, got the rhythm back in India’s favour. The pair stitched up 72 runs partnership before Hazlewood got Team India’s captain wicket. Henriques stretched full on his left to pick Kohli’s catch while he was trying the pull shot.
Hardik Pandya and Rahul took the game forward. The duo kept ticking the scoreboard, but the asking rate had mounted to above 17. To make amends, Rahul started smacking, but Zampa trapped him in the 44th over. The 72-runs stands between the two ended with India’s chances to win more narrowed down.
Consecutively, Ravindra Jadeja (24 off 10) and Hardik Pandya (28 off 31) lost their wicket in 47th over. Further, the lower order batsman came and went out of the field. And with second ODI defeat, India has also lost the series.