After losing an important toss once again and being asked to bat first, India got off to a great start as booth their openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came out with a clear and positive mindset. India’s opening duo showed remarkable composure and provided their team with a solid opening foundation with a fine 81-run stand before Rohit got dismissed for a 42-ball 44. However, Dhawan started in a similar manner from where he left in the first ODI, but unfortunately, he fell four runs short of his century and got out after playing an exceptional innings of 96 runs off 90 balls.
Rahul and Virat smash crucial knocks
Shreyas Iyer came in at four but got out quite early after which the duo of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul joined hands to steady the Indian innings. Kohli played an absolutely brilliant knock of 78 runs off 76 balls before getting dismissed for the seventh time in international cricket by Adam Zampa. However, while batting on an unlikely position, Rahul produced a top-notch innings of 80 runs off only 52 balls that helped India post a challenging total of 340 for 6 in 50 overs. For Australia, Zampa was the pick of the bowlers picking three crucial wickets and Kane Richardson also took two wickets.
While chasing a tricky target of 341 runs in 50 overs, Australia lost the key wicket of their in-form opening batsman David Warner quite early as Manish Pandey took a stunning catch. The pair of Aaron Finch and Steve Smith then got together to resurrect the Australian innings and move things forward for them in this run-chase. The duo added 60 runs for the second wicket stand before Finch was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja for a 48-ball 33.
Australia’s newly formed and successful batting pair of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne then took over and batted really well to keep the Indian bowlers at bay for a substantial amount of time. Smith was playing very nicely notching an important fifty and stitched an excellent partnership of 96 runs along with Labuschagne before the latter got out for a fine 46-run knock.
Kuldeep Yadav delivers a match-turning over
Kuldeep Yadav then brought a crucial moment in the game as he dismissed a well set and dangerous Smith for a superb 98-run innings and Alex Carey as well in a single over. The final nail in the coffin was injected by Mohammed Shami as he picked two wickets off consecutive deliveries and most importantly removed the dangerous Ashton Turner. Eventually, Australia got bowled out for 304 runs in 49.1 overs. For India, Shami picked three crucial wickets while Kuldeep, Jadeja and Saini finished with two wickets each.
India: 340/6 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan-96, KL Rahul-80, Virat Kohli-78; Adam Zampa 3/50, Kane Richardson 2/73
Australia: 304/10 in 49.1 overs (Steve Smith-98, Marnus Labuschagne-46; Mohammed Shami 3/77, Ravindra Jadeja 2/58)
Result: India won the match by 36 runs.