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IND vs AUS: 3 Takeaways From The 2nd ODI

IND vs AUS: 3 Takeaways From The 2nd ODI
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Team India was handed a 10-wicket thrashing in the 2nd One-day International match played at Vizag on 19 March 2023. It was a disappointing batting performance by Men in Blue as the pitch had some help for the pacers that Australian bowlers made use of it.

Mitchell Starc was the star of the show with 5 wickets and helped Australia to bowl out India for just 117 in 26 overs. In reply, Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh mockery the target as they chased down the target with 39 overs to spare.

Here we look at the 3 Takeaways in the 2nd ODI between India vs Australia

  1. Top Order failure

After being asked to bat first, the Indian top order failed again. Shubman Gill provided a simple catch to Marnus Labuschagne at the backward point. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli looked impressive playing attacking shots before Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav fell in quick succession.

Last match hero, KL Rahul did not contribute much as he was dismissed by Mitchell Starc. Hardik Pandya fell to a brilliant catch by Steve Smith to leave India in deep trouble. At the end of the first 10 overs, India lost half of their wickets.

Like in the first match, the Indian top order looked out of sorts and struggled against Mitchell Starc. They need to sort out their problems in the 3rd ODI match to be played on 22nd March.

India vs Australia
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  1. Australian pace bowlers made use of conditions

After opting to bowl first, the Australian pace bowlers made use of the conditions. Mitchell Starc created a lot of problems by dismissing Shubman Gill in his very first over. He then dismissed Rohit Sharma with a simple catch to Steve Smith and then dismissed Surya Kumar Yadav’s next ball to leave India in trouble.

Starc gave runs but picked 5 wickets giving away 53 runs while Nathan Ellis grabbed 2 wickets and Sean Abbott 3 wickets to bowl out India for a paltry total of 117. For his 5 for 53, Mitchell Starc was named the player of the match.

  1. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh completed the job for Australia

Chasing down 118 runs to win, Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head looked in sublime form right from the word go putting pressure on the Indian bowlers. Both of them took on Shami and Mohammed Siraj not allowing them to settle.

It was a superb knock by Marsh and Head keeping the scoreboard ticking. Mitchell Marsh made a mockery of the bowling reaching a half-century off 28 balls while Head reached a half-century off 29 deliveries. Head and Mitchell Starc finished the match in 11 overs.

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