Twitter Reacts As Australia Bully India In The 2nd ODI To Take An Unassailable 2-0 Lead In The 3-Match Series
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Twitter Reacts As Australia Bully India In The 2nd ODI To Take An Unassailable 2-0 Lead In The 3-Match Series

Australia beat India by 51 runs [Photo-Twitter]

Australia once again buried India under a mountain of runs at the SCG to ensure that they inflict fifth consecutive ODI defeat on the Men in Blue and seal the three-match series in the second ODI itself.

Chasing a mountain of runs, the Indian opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal once again gave the Men in Blue a smashing start as they racked up 56 runs in the first 7 overs.

But just like the 1st ODI, the duo fell in quick succession as Shikhar Dhawan top-edged off Josh Hazlewood before Mayank Agarwal was caught behind by Alex Carey off the bowling of Pat Cummins.

Virat Kohli scored his first ODI 50 at the SCG and along with Shreyas Iyer stitched a 93-run-stand for the 3rd wicket.

India, Australia, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli [Photo-Twitter]
Iyer, however, failed to convert his start into a big knock as he fell to a rare long hop by Moises Henriques. Kohli continued to display his class as he creamed the Aussie bowling attack to all corners of the SCG. In the process, Virat became the 3rd Indian to rack up 22000 International runs but just as it looked like nearing another hundred, Moises Henriques pulled off a stunner at midwicket

India managed just 73 runs between 31-40 overs as KL Rahul, despite scoring a half-century, and Hardik Pandya failed to keep up with the asking rate.

India, Australia
Adam Zampa [Photo-Twitter]
Rahul eventually fell in trying to up the ante against Adam Zampa while Ravindra Jadeja- after playing a few delightful strokes- and Hardik Pandya fell in successive deliveries of Pat Cummins to ensure that the final nail in India’s coffin was hammered, the final margin being 51 runs.

 

Steve Smith-led Australia bury India under a mountain of runs

Earlier in the day, Australia once again showed their batting against a toothless Indian bowling attack.

For the 5th ODI in a row, the fast bowlers failed to pick up a wicket in the first 10 overs and as a result, the opening duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch cashed in big time.

The duo once again stitched a 100-run opening stand- this time 142 runs in 22.5 overs. Mohammed Shami, just like the first match, provided the visitors their first breakthrough when Finch, in an attempt, to clip the ball towards the on-side lobbed it straight to mid-off.

David Warner has dismissed thanks to a brilliant direct hit by Shreyas Iyer before Steve Smith once again took center-stage. Whether it was pace bowling or spinners, Smith looked like he was batting on a completely different planet as he smashed the bowling attack to all corners of the SCG.

Twitter Reacts As Australia Bully India In The 2nd ODI To Take An Unassailable 2-0 Lead In The 3-Match Series
Steve Smith. (Credits: Twitter)

Such was India’s plight that Kohli was forced to bring Hardik Pandya in the attack, and the all-rounder proved to be the pick of the bowlers as he used the cross seam, change of pace to brilliant effect.

Smith soon complied a 62-ball 100 before Pandya eventually got rid of the rampaging Australian. Pandya could have got Labuschagne too but for Ravindra Jadeja, who dropped an easy catch at long-off.

Labuschagne complied his half-century while Glenn Maxwell did an encore of what he did in the last game during his 29-ball 63* as Australia finished with their highest ODI score against India- 4/389.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted-

https://twitter.com/urmilpatel21/status/1332924118338064389?s=19

Yash Mittal

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