India vs Australia Match Details
- India need just one more win from the remaining two matches as they are leading by 1-0.
- The visiting nation needs to put more focus on their batting line-up and the senior players need to step up and score runs for the team.
- The Men in Blue are leading the recent head-to-head records as they have won three of their last five One Day matches against the Australian cricket team.
In the second One Day International of the three-match series, the Indian cricket team will be locking horns with Australia on Sunday, March 19 at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. It was a bowlers’ game in the first One Day International as they ruled the pitch at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The Indian stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to bowl first. It was a good decision as the Australian team collapsed under a score of 188 runs. The opening batter Mitchell Marsh played a brilliant knock of 81 runs off 65 balls. His knock included ten boundaries and five maximums. However, no batter could prove his mettle on the surface. The credit for Australia’s collapse goes to India’s seam duo of Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami. The two pacers picked two wickets each while Ravindra Jadeja also scalped two wickets at an economy rate of 5.1.
Chasing the low score of 189 runs, the Indian team also faced trouble. It was not a smooth ride for the Men in Blue as none of their top four batters scored over 20 runs. At the end of ten overs, the Indian team was languishing at a score of 39-4. However, KL Rahul emerged as the knight for the side as he played a sensational knock of 75 runs. He found an ally in Jadeja who added 45 runs to the scoreboard. The skipper Hardik Pandya also played a decent knock of 25 runs off 31 balls.
The batting exploits by the middle-order batters steered the team to a win in 39.5 overs. Meanwhile, Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis made good efforts with the ball as they picked up three and two wickets respectively at an economy rate of 5 and 3.9.
Playing on Sunday, the Kangaroos will be eager to be at their best both with the bat and ball to make a statement and level the scores.
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