Steven Smith Smashes Another Century As Australia Crush India Once Again
Australia crushed India once again as Steven Smith smashed his second century of the series.
India tour of Australia began on 27th November as international cricket has now returned. The former traveled to Australia for an all-format series. It started off great for the hosts as Australia thrashed India in the 1st ODI. With brilliant centuries from Smith and Finch respectively, they defeated India by 66 runs. It was a great win as a win in their next match could help them win the series. So, the match was definitely going to be interesting as India would be desperate for a win whereas the hosts would look to secure the series with a win. So, let us what happened in the match.
Match Summary: Australia vs India:
The match began as Australia won the toss and their skipper Aaron Finch won the toss once again and opted to bat first. Just like always, David Warner and Aaron Finch started off for their side. They managed to get a good start as they got 59 runs from the powerplay itself without losing a single wicket. The pair continued to thrash the Indian bowlers. In fact, they got a 142 run partnership in just 22 overs. In the 23rd over, Finch (60 in 69) got out. Just 2 overs later i.e. in the 26th over, Warner (83 in 77) also got out. It was a brilliant run-out as Iyer got a direct hit from long-on. As a result, Steven Smith and Labuschagne came to the crease. They got off to a great start as they were settling in well.
They continued playing brilliant knocks and Smith even managed to score 104 runs in just 64 balls to thrash his second century of the series. He had thrashed the Indian bowlers in the previous match too to score 105 runs and now he had gotten another century. However, after that, he got out in the 42nd over. So, Glenn Maxwell came to the crease to support Labuschagne from the other end of the crease. They both played really well and were looking set on the crease. However, in the 49th over, Labuschagne (70 in 61) got out. However, Henriques came in at 6 to finish off the innings. He scored 2* in 1 ball whereas Maxwell smashed 63* in just 29 balls to take Australia’s total to 389-4. As a result, now India needed nothing short of a miracle if they wanted to win this game.
The second innings began and India had to chase this target if they wanted to stay alive in the competition. So, Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal opened the innings for India. They started off great as they got a good amount of runs in the beginning overs. However, in the 8th over, Dhawan (30 in 23) lost his wicket to Hazlewood. In the very next over, Mayank Agarwal (28 in 26) also got out. As a result, now Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer were on the crease. The pair managed to settle down but their partnership was broken in the 24th over when Iyer (38 in 36) got out. Then came KL Rahul to support Virat Kohli from the other end of the crease. They were playing great and Kohli was thrashing the Australian overs but in the 35th over, even Kohli (89 in 87) got out.
As a result, now all the hopes were on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya who was new to the crease. They managed to get runs from the middle overs but couldn’t achieve much and in the 44th over, Rahul (76 in 66) got out. Soon after him Ravindra Jadeja (24 in 11) and Hardik Pandya (28 in 31) also got out in the 47th over. After that, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Shami came to the crease. However, in the 48th over Shami (1 in 4) got out. Soon after him, in the 49th over Bumrah (0 in 2) also got dismissed. So, Yuzvendra Chahal (4* in 6) and Saini (10* in 10) finished off the innings for India as they got a total of 338-9 on the scoreboard.
Steven Smith won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant knock of 104 runs in just 64 balls. He had proven once again why he was one of the best batsmen in the world. Talking about the larger picture, India had lost the second ODI to Australia. As a result, they lost the Dettol ODI series. However, they do have a chance to not get completely whitewashed. They can redeem themselves in the third and last ODI i.e. on 2nd December. After that, the Dettol T20I series will begin. Anyhow, let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Can India get at least one win in the series or will Australia whitewash the visitors?
Player of the Match (again) is Steve Smith for his brilliant 62-ball ton #AUSvIND