Aus beat India: Flop show by India continues, Australia seals series, beat Kohli’s team by 51 runs

Australia beat India in 2nd ODI to seal ODI Series: Australia buried India under an avalanche of runs for a 51-run drubbing in the second ODI and an unassailable 2-0 series lead after the majestic Steve Smith produced another master-class in the form of a 64-ball 104 here on Sunday.

Batting first, Australia rode on five fifty-plus scores including Smith’s blazing knock, to post an imposing 389 for four against a sluggish India.

This was the Australian run-machine’s fifth century against India in the 50-over format and second on the trot after his ton in the series-opener, which came off 66 deliveries.

A target of 390 proved to be too much for India as they were stopped at 338 for nine, with captain Virat Kohli (89) and KL Rahul (76) finishing as their main contributors in what turned out to be another forgettable outing for the beleaguered visitors.

India started the big chase in earnest with the in-from Shikhar Dhawan (30) and Mayank Agarwal (28) dealing in boundaries from the onset.

If Agarwal found the fence twice in the first over, Dhawan struck Mitchell Starc for three successive fours to get the Indian innings going.

A magnificent cover drive by Agarwal took the visitors past 50 in 6.1 overs. However, in trying to go for one too many, Dhawan perished.

In came Kohli and as he has mostly done through his illustrious career, the Indian captain played some delightful shots on the way to his 87-ball innings to keep the visitors in with a chance.

During his stay in the middle, Kohli pulled, drove, flicked and cut with plenty of success as India tried to keep the required rate within 9-10 runs per over.

But pacer Josh Hazlewood provided Australia their biggest breakthrough when he had Kohli caught brilliantly by a diving Moises Henriques at midwicket.

That brought Hardik Pandya in the middle and the all-rounder, in the company of KL Rahul, played some big shots. But they were never going to be enough.

Rahul departed after striking five sixes and four boundaries in his 66-ball knock. India completely lost the plot after that.

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins picked up 3/67 in his 10 overs.

Besides Smith’s 104-run knock, swashbuckling opener David Warner smashed 83 off 77 while skipper Aaron Finch contributed 60 in a first-wicket stand of 142 in under 23 overs.

The duo of Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell continued the onslaught to propel Australia to a humongous score in what was a must-win game for the visitors. Labuschagne made 70 and the big-hitting Maxwell blazed away to 63 off 29 balls with the help of four sixes and as many fours.

Earlier, during his stay in the middle, Smith hit 14 boundaries and two sixes while Warner found the fence seven times and cleared it thrice before missing out on what would have been a well-deserved ton, thanks to a fine direct throw from the deep by Shreyas Iyer.

In his trademark unconventional manner, Smith played shots all round the wicket to torment the Indian bowlers.

To dislodge Smith, India needed Pandya to bowl for the first time since returning from a back surgery more than a year ago, and he did the trick in his third over, luring the imperious Australian to slash one straight into Mohammed Shami.

Before that, Warner got the Australian innings underway with a boundary through the point region off Shami in the first over.

The manner in which he leaned back to place the short and wide fourth delivery on the off side showed Warner’s intent.

Coming off an expensive outing in the series-opener, lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah started with a maiden and generated good pace off a wicket with a decent grass cover. But he soon lost his rhythm as the Australians found theirs after a slow start.

Finch found his first boundary of the day when he comfortably flicked Bumrah over the backward square leg region, even as the bowler clocked 146-147 on the speed gun.

The Young Navdeep Saini was brought on early and Warner welcomed him with a six over the square leg boundary, whacking his short first delivery with aplomb.

Taking full advantage of Saini’s inexperience in these conditions, Warner collected two boundaries off him before giving the same treatment to Shami in the innings’ eighth over, as Australia reached 50 in another solid start for the home team.

Australia maintained the momentum through the innings as the Indian bowlers toiled on a hot, sunny day.

Full Highlights here:

Virat Kohli: Completely outplayed. I think with the ball we were not that effective. Didn’t hit the areas we wanted to consistently. They’ve got a strong batting lineup and know the angles. Their total was a bit too steep, if you see we got 340 and still lost by 51 runs. With the areas they bowled, they were in a position to create chances and with those chances taken, they were on top. (on Hardik bowling) I think he gave away a bit of a bowling plan on this pitch, a lot of them bowled cutters (smiles). His bowling was out of nowhere I just asked him. KL and I thought even 100 in the last ten overs with Hardik to come was achievable. If KL and me had stuck around till the 40th over, we could have put them under pressure. The wicket was beautiful to bat on.

Steve Smith is Man of the Match again: Another great foundation set by Finchy and Davey. Let me go hard at the back end. The last two games, the boys have got us off to terrific starts. We know India have a good batting line-up so we needed big totals. I tried to whack the ball too hard in the IPL but I’ve started hitting it with more finesse I should say, which is working for me. Nice to score some runs again for the team and get us to a good total. I thought the boys were outstanding in the field as well.

17:05 Cummins to Pandya, OUT

Two in two for Cummins. Caught at long-off this time. Length ball outside off, he was giving himself some room and tried to crash it through the offside but got it only off the toe-end. Straight to the fielder.

17:00 India need 69 in 24 balls

Partnership: 31(15)
Last Wkt: KL Rahul c Hazlewood b Zampa 76(66) – 288/5 in 43.4 ov.
Last 5 overs: 59 runs, 1 wkts
Toss: Australia (Batting)
16:52: After 45 overs, 303/5

Zampa is bowling to a batting line-up under huge pressure of a steep asking rate. Chahal has come into bowl with the top order set and firing. That makes a difference in how you approach your bowling too, and in how you bowl.

16:49: Zampa to Rahul, OUT

And he’s finally caught. Hazlewood at short third man has a very easy take. After being nearly caught for two balls in a row, Rahul goes off the third, a routine top edge lobbing up to the fielder. Was swiping across the line again but this was nicely flighted and dipped, got the bounce too which ended up taking the top edge

16:39: KL Rahul brings up 50

16:20: After 39 overs, 254/4

These 2 still keeping the asking rate insight. Albeit far away near the horizon. They have to stay till the end for India to stand a remote chance even

16:14: After 36 overs, 229/4

India needs 161 runs in 84 deliveries and it is now this pair of Rahul and Hardik.

16:08: Hazlewood, Kohli Out!

Moises Henriques pulls off a stunner and Australia have removed the big fish! Kohli OUT for 89(87) Hazlewood has dismissed Kohli in the last three innings they played against each other!

15:54: Drinks That’s drinks. India still in this. This pair obviously need to go deep.

15:48: After 32 overs, 203/3

India are now in a dominating position. Both Kohli and KL Rahul look comfortable now. And given just 20 overs, its is T20-T20 from here one.


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15:28: After 28 overs,  182/3

15:21: Kohli brings up his 50; After 26 overs, 163/3

India need 227 runs in 24.0 overs. RRR: 9.45

15:11: Henriques to Iyer, OUT

Brilliant catch by Smith at midwicket! Henriques gets a wicket on return. This was a short slower ball, it stopped in the pitch, Iyer had sit and wait. He tried to pull the ball to midwicket but Smith was alert. Great catch by great man.

14:58: After 20 overs, 16/2

India looks in control with Kohli and Iyer at the crease. If the partnership can go for at least the next 10 overs, the visitors will have a great chance to win.

14:44: Drinks! So India have got a better base than Friday. Kohli realising the mistake of going too hard too early in the last game and looks like they are committed to taking the game deep. Australia are asking questions. So it’s a good battle to watch.

14:33: After 13 overs, 84/2

If Kohli stays at the crease for long, India can expect winning the game. He will be key to India’s chase from now.

14:32: Cummins to Kohli, SIX runs

Top edge clears fine leg. Banged in short again outside off, Kohli moves across and takes him on with the pull shot. The ball was a bit too big on him though so he gets a bit of a top edge. Hit meatily enough to carry all the way

14:27: Update on David Warner’s injury

David Warner has an abductor (groin) injury. He will have scans tonight.” Official statement on David Warner’s injury.

14:23: Cummins to Agarwal, OUT

Caught behind. Similar line to the first ball that beat him, kept it in the channel, banged it on a hard length and Agarwal gets a thin edge while looking to steer it fine. Super bowling

14:07: Why Virat Kohli is key to this chase

India have successfully chased down a score of 350+ three times in ODI cricket. Virat Kohli’s scores in those games: 100no, 122, 115no

14:03: After 7 overs, 56/0

India batsman need to ensure that scoreboard keeps moving even if boundaries are not coming. 13 dots in first 19 balls, that too in the powerplay, is not going to help in such a big run chase. Catching up on the run rate is not that easy with a strong Australian bowling line up.


After 3 overs, 17/0

Starc looks in better shape with the change of length which is not allowing the batsmen to free their arms.

After 1 over, 8/0

Brilliant start from India as Mayank Agarwal with good positive intent hammers Starc for two boundaries – one through the mid-wicket and another behind point to get the run chase going.


13:04: India need 390 to win

13:03: After 49 overs, 374/4

Bumrah finally gets a wicket as he gets Labuschagne and what a class knock this has been from him. Played under the shadow of Smith but came off his own once the centurion departed. Top act.

12:56 pm: After 48 overs, 374 /4

It’s the same story all over. Mis-fielding, bad performance by bowlers and excellent batting by Australian top-order.

12:40 pm: After 36 overs, 339/3

Now, Maxi and Labuschagne are giving that final push to help Australia post a massive total. With four overs left and if these two stay at the crease, expect the total to be around 370.

12:30 pm: After 43 overs, 307/3

Australia are giving a final push to reach another big total. Man on the mission are Glenn Maxwell and Labusachagne.

12:19 pm: Pandya to Smith, OUT

Edged and caught at short third man! This was a wide slower ball, he fell over trying to cut it, got a thick edge and it flew straight to short third man on the circle. Smith is furious but he gets a hug ovation as he walks off

12:18 pm: Smith scores his third 100 against India

12:13 pm After 39 overs, 262/2

You can watch Steve Smith bat, all day. He unleashes a couple of classic drives and threads the field so beautifully to find the boundary. Top stuff from Smith.

12:03 pm: After 38 overs, 250/2

The 250 is up for Australia as Hardik bowls is second over. He is doing a decent job as he doesn’t concede a boundary and gives just four runs.

11:48 am: After 35 overs, 230/2; Smith brings up his 50

11:47 am: Hardik Pandya is on to bowl!

What changed in just one day? Or is it just desperate times asks for desperate measures?

11:39 am: Sensational Steve Smith 

11:30 am: Zaheer Khan believes Kohli needs to adapt to situation rather than being stuck a set plan

11:27 am: After 31 overs, 197/2

Some key stats:

Partnership: 41(33); Steve Smith and Labusachagne
Last Wkt: David Warner run out (Shreyas Iyer) 83(77) – 156/2 in 25.3 ov.
Last 5 overs: 40 runs, 0 wkts

11:13 am: After 28 overs, 168/2

Critical 5 overs in the match, if India want to restrict Aus around 300.

11:04 am: Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, OUT

Warner run out here. He pushed hard for two, it was his call, and he made the dive too, but the man (Shreyas Iyer) at long-off scored a superb direct hit.

11:00 am: Stats:

Bowling teams with the worst average for 1st wicket in a calendar year: (Min: 5 ODIs)

125.42 – INDIA in 2020
104.37 – Kenya in 2001
96.00 – Bangladesh in 1997
84.83 – Zimbabwe in 2020

10:56 am: Mohammed Shami to Finch, OUT; After 24 overs, 145/1

Caught at extra cover. Good bowling by Shami, he was brought back for the breakthrough and gets it. Full ball tailing into him, it’s a yorker almost and Finch is off balance while trying to flick it off his toes. Gets a leading edge that loops up for an easy catch

10: 48 am: After 22 overs, 136/0

When a bowler targets just one out of five, India could have looked for wickets. But Finch and Warner are targeting both the Indian spinners. Can we expect Kohli or Shreyas to don the bowling hat? Worst case they go for runs too, in which case there is no real loss.

10:47 am: Aaron Finch brings up his 28th 50

10:33 am: After 17 overs, 109/0

STAT: First time in 978-match ODI history, India have conceded 100+ opening partnerships in three consecutive matches
106 Guptill-Nicholls Mount Maunganui
156 Finch-Warner Sydney
100*Finch-Warner Sydney

10:32 am: Chahal to Warner, SIX runs

Lofted just over long on’s head! Powerful shot. It was tossed up, he skipped down and launched it flat but got enough of it to beat the man on the rope who jumped up. It was too high for him


10:23 am: Drinks!! After 15 overs, 95/0

Warner and Finch have put on a clinical show so far. The pitch seems good for batting, which is the only silver lining for India.

10:10 am: After 12 overs, 77/0

Yuzi Chahal and Navdeep Saini has a big task now. They need to get Finch or Warner out as they are now looking dangerous.

10:00 am: End of first powerplay, Australia 60/0

It’s the same story all over again. India is still struggling to take wickets. Warner has scored a 50.

9:53 am: India should have really tried playing T. Natarajan in place of Saini. At least would have given a left-handed bowling option. Saini looks to be on track for another 70-80 runs in his 10 overs. Doesn’t seem anywhere close to picking up a wicket.

9:45 am: After 7 overs, 41/0

India looks sharp today, but so does the two Aussie openers. Team Blue need to get a wicket in the powerplay to trouble the hosts.

9:40 am: After 6 overs, 29/0

Change of ends for Shami and he is keeping the pressure on the openers as he gives just two and Finch takes a single off the last ball to retain strike.

9:36 am: After 4 overs, 18/0

Finch is up and running as Bumrah goes down the leg and the Australian captain flicks it over the backward square-leg for a boundary.

9:19 am: After 2 overs, 4/0

India has started strong. Both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have kept David Warner and Aaron Finch on check. They have not allowed the duo to swing their bat with ease.

9:18 am: This is the seventh consecutive time, Kohli has lost the toss.

9:12 am: The issue of balance to the Indian team can’t really be solved much within this squad. Looking at IPL and Domestic top run-getters, there is no one who can swing his arm. India is surely missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar more than Rohit Sharma.

8:49 am: Some pics from the Sydney Cricket Ground


India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

8:43 am: Aaron Finch wins toss, elects to bat first

8:25 am: All is not well between Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma?

No one knows the real situation but the developments clearly suggests things are not very smooth between two of the biggest icons of the Indian cricket. Lack of communication or perhaps no communication is hurting Indian cricket and especially the team’s prospects in Australia.

8:18 am: Who will replace Marcus Stoinis?

The all-rounder had walked off the pitch after a groin strain in the 1st  ODI. Due to this he will miss the game. But Who will replace him? Former Aussie batsman Adam Gilchrist said that “it is the right time to give Cameron Green his debut”.

8:03 am: Highlights of Ind vs Aus 1st ODI

8:00 am: Walk down memory lane; Glenn McGrath’s unbelievable over vs India

7:25 am: Marcus Stoinis 

Marcus Stoinis walked off the field in the first ODI after just 6.2 overs, having picked up an injury. Cricket Australia later said Stoinis had a “low-grade side strain”, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be available for this game, or even the next. His unavailability is a blow, with Stoinis having started to develop into a powerful presence in the top order and a more than useful option with the ball.

7:16 am: Hardik Pandya is missing his family

7:06 am: Chances of thunderstorm

There is a faint possibility of a thunderstorm later in the day after what will be a balmy yet cloudy night.

7:05 am: What can we expect from today’s game?

Considering that Sydney’s far right of the square, which was the longest boundary in 1st, the boundaries on one side of the ground will be comparatively shorter for the game on Sunday.

And the changed dimensions could have a crucial impact on the contest especially when it comes to the big-hitting likes of Glenn Maxwell and Hardik Pandya.

7:00 am: Some warm-up before the game for Aussies. A game of table-tennis.

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