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With the ODI World Cup only a few months away, India just has a handful of Fifty Over Games left in the kitty. Take these three ODIs against Australia as a practice to the World Cup Matches or a chance to juggle players who are in the squad, each game comes with its own opportunity. With many cricket fans who set aside the entire Sunday holiday to watch the Indian Top order score some fluent runs, were in for some serious disappointment. India Vs Australia Second ODI at Vizag turned out to be a squeeze for the Indians and a confidence booster for the Aussie bowlers. India managed to reach only 117 runs in 26 overs, which the Australian openers reached in 11 overs with all 10 wickets in hand. The entire match lasted for just 37 overs.

Australians wanted an early finish as their openers showed intent from Ball 1. The score of 117 to a batting line up which goes up till Number 9, the Aussies had little to worry about. Nothing went right for the Indians. They were pathetic with the bat and the bowlers had a poor outing as well. From being a seaming wicket, the pitch turned into a batting paradise. India will have to go back to the drawing board as this would go down as one of their biggest defeats. 

Result – Australia Won By 10 Wickets

Player of the Match – Mitchell Marsh

Stat Alert!

Lowest ODI Totals for India vs Australia: 

63 – Sydney, 1981;

100 – Sydney, 2000; 

117 – Visakhapatnam, 2023; 

125 – Centurion, 2003;

145 – Melbourne, 1992.

Most Five-fors in ODIs: 

Waqar Younis – 13,

Muttiah Muralitharan – 10, 

Mitchell Starc – 9, 

Brett Lee – 9,

Shahid Afridi – 9,

Lasith Malinga – 8.

Highest run-rates in century opening partnerships in ODIs –
Martin Guptill & Brendon McCullum: 105(43) – 14.65 vs England, Wellington, 2015.
Martin Guptill & Tom Latham: 118*(50) – 14.16 vs Sri Lanka, Christchurch, 2015.
Travis Head & Mitchell Marsh: 121*(66) – 11.00 vs India, Visakhapatnam, 2023.
Martin Guptill & Brendon McCullum: 108(61) – 10.62 vs Sri Lanka, Christchurch, 2015.

Indian Top Order Have No Answers to Starc

Mitchell Starc got a wicket in the first over of the innings, just after he bowled a couple of Wides. Shubman Gill pushed at a delivery outside off and ended up handing a catch to Labuschagne at backward point. He departed for a duck. The double centurion got extremely angry with himself and left the field in a huff. Next was the turn of the Indian Captain. Rohit Sharma went for an expansive drive and ended up edging it to slip where Smith held on to the ball on the second attempt.

In a repeat of his dismissal in the first ODI, Suryakumar had no answers to the one that shapes back in as he is trapped in front for a duck. Surya has failed to play a second ball in both of the ODI matches. Innumerable chances given to SKY in ODIs have resulted in no dividend. Despite knowing that an injury to Shreas Iyer is the only reason he is getting those chances, there is no attempt to survive in the middle. India slipped to 32/3 in the fifth over.

Another delivery that jagged back into the right-hander gave Starc his fourth wicket. Rahul was off balance trying a flick and was trapped in front. He departed for 9 runs, taking a review with him, to leave India at 48/4. Rahul’s persistence in the previous ODI was a ray of hope for the Indian team and fans. Perhaps it would have justified the immense number of chances given to him in the past year and a half. But Rahul needs to perform consistently for the next 10-15 matches, in order to start undoing the damage he has already caused.

Indian Batting All Over the Place

Sean Abbott came into the attack and struck in his second over to dismiss Hardik Pandya for 1. Hardik poked at a short of length delivery outside off and got an outside edge to Smith at slip. The Australia captain took a brilliant one-handed catch, diving to his right. India went to 49/5 in the 10th over.

A 22-run partnership between Kohli and Jadeja came to an end in the 16th over as Ellis bagged the big wicket of Virat. The batter walked across and looked to play it to the leg side. He missed the ball and was trapped LBW for 31. India fell to 71/6.

There was no stopping Ellis as he removed Jadeja in the 20th over. Jadeja tried to guide a short delivery to the third man region but there was some extra bounce, and he ended up edging it to the wicketkeeper. India was totally undone at 91/7.

Wicket Number 8 and 9 for India came in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami. They breezed in and out without giving too many problems to the Aussies. As usual, it was Axar Patel left at the crease, and quickly running out of partners. He hit two lofty sixes to Mitchell Starc, but that was just about too late in the day. Mitchell Starc ended with a Five-for after cleaning up Mohammed Siraj for a duck. The Indians wrapped up their innings for 117 runs.

The Perfect Australian Chase –

The Aussie chase came as no surprise. The openers Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head made a mockery of the Indian bowling lineup, hitting them across the park at will. Fifty came up for Australia inside six overs as the openers dealt in boundaries. Marsh struck a couple of sixes off Shami. He then went on to hit Hardik for three sixes in the 8th over, with the third six helping him bring up a 28-ball fifty. Head also finished with a half-century as Australia crossed the target in 11 overs with 10 wickets in hand.

Star of the Match Speaks –

Mitchell Marsh: I have learnt the trade over the years. My rhythm has been good of late. I have been bowling a little fuller than other guys. I have a definite role in the team. My conversations are a little different compared to someone like a Cam Green. Both the decks have helped the seamers. There was movement in the air in Mumbai as well. My role is to attack the stumps and bring every form of dismissal into play.

Captains Speak –

Rohit Sharma: If you lose a game, it is just disappointing, we didn’t apply ourselves with the bat. Didn’t put enough runs on the board. It wasn’t a 117 wicket. We didn’t apply ourselves. We never allowed us to get the runs we wanted. Once we lost Shubman in the first over, Virat and I got 30-35 runs. But then I lost my wicket, and we lost a couple of wickets post that. Starc is a quality bowler. He has been doing it for Australia with the new ball. He kept bowling to his strength. Swung the new ball and took the odd ball away. Kept the batters guessing. Marsh has to be one of the top players going around when it comes to power hitting. He backs himself to do that every now and then. Definitely in top 3 and 4 when it comes to power hitting.

Steve Smith: Was a quick one. Only 37 overs you don’t see usually. Starc with the new ball put them under pressure. I didn’t know how the wicket was going to play. There was no total in mind. We were just trying to execute our plans. We were on the right side. Just that kind of a day when the nicks went to hand. The way Head and Marsh played at the start. They just kept going and we are able to bounce back after the last game. Nice I held on to it. Fortunate I was able to hang on to it. Hardik is a wonderful player we know.

Toss and Teams:

Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bowl. Both the sides made two changed to their Playing XI. Rohit Sharma returns in place of Ishan Kishan while Axar Patel replaces Shardul Thakur. Australia brings in Alex Carey and Nathan Ellis in place of Josh Inglis and Glenn Maxwell.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami

Australia (Playing XI): Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

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For India, their regular captain Rohit Sharma will be back to the side after missing the first game. That means Ishan Kishan is probably going to sit out. Unless India value his left-handed style of play and give him a chance in the middle order in place of Suryakumar Yadav. For Australia, Alex Carey and David Warner are looking to make a comeback. The Australians will be looking to level the series in the India Vs Australia Second ODI at Vizag.

KL Rahul hasn’t had a great time in Test or T20 cricket off late, but he showed his value as an ODI No. 5 with a match-winning unbeaten 75 in the first ODI. India will also smile upon his wicketkeeping behind the stumps. He took an excellent diving catch to his right to dismiss Steven Smith. Against spin too, he was extremely impressive. With Rishabh Pant unlikely to be fit in time for the World Cup, Rahul’s glovework is a big bonus.

India Vs Australia Second ODI Dream 11 – Cricket Maiden

Time of Match: Second ODI on Sunday, March 19 at 1:30pm local

Venue of Match: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Pitch and Weather Conditions: There is cloud cover over the stadium, hence rain can play a factor. The pitch here is batting friendly India made 387/5 against the West Indies here in 2019. Five out the eight men’s ODIs here have ended in favour of the side batting second, with one match tied.

India Vs Australia Second ODI Vizag Team News:

India: With only a day between the games, India had no scheduled practice session on the eve of the game. Rohit Sharma will lead the side after missing the first ODI due to personal commitments. India could rest Mohammed Shami, who had a long bowl in the fourth Test and bowled full tilt in the first ODI.

Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav. KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav. Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik/Jaydev Unadkat

Australia: Alex Carey and David Warner is likely to return and which middle order batter he could squeeze out is anybody’s guess. There’s certainly pressure on Marnus Lanuschagne to deliver; the batter has averaged a shade over 33 in his 21 innings at No.4, a batting position Australia are keen to get right.

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Probable XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Alex Carey (wk). Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis. Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

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