All-round India register 36-run victory in 2nd ODI to set up decider in Bengaluru
From not getting bogged down while batting first to making periodic inroads in the Aussie batting, India rectified the wrongs of the last ODI to come up trumps.
India 340-6 (50 Overs; Dhawan96(90), Rahul(wk)80(52); Zampa3/50, K Richardson2/73)
Australia 304 (49.1 Overs; Smith98(102), Labuschagne46(47); Shami3/77, Jadeja2/58)
Result - India won by 36 runs
After an embarrassing 10-wicket loss in the first ODI at Mumbai, India had to win the second one, for the short 3-match series to remain alive. When Aaron Finch won the toss and put India into bat again, it seemed as if the template of the first ODI might repeat itself.
However, the Indian openers were more assertive this time around and put together 81 runs within the first 14 overs. Shikhar Dhawan (96) then joined hands with Virat Kohli (78) to keep milking singles and doubles and avoid getting pushed behind the eight ball.
It was the 52-ball 80-run knock from KL Rahul, batting unusually at No. 5, which was the real differentiating factor as India posted a 340-run total.
Adam Zampa was the most impactful bowler for Australia with three wickets while conceding just 50 runs. Kane Richardson picked up two wickets but was on the expensive side.
Unlike the last game, David Warner and Aaron Finch were dismissed relatively early today. Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne then translated their Test form into this game, stitching together just shy of 100 runs together.
Smith, 98, fell agonizingly short of a century. India's bowlers shared the wickets, with Kuldeep Yadav's twins strikes in the one over creating the most impact.
It's now time to head south to Bengaluru for the decider.
India - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia - David Warner, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
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