In the second ODI at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Sunday, September 24, Ashwin delivered an outstanding performance with figures of 3/41 in seven overs, contributing to India’s convincing 99-run victory over Australia (DLS method).
In the match, India batted first, amassing a formidable total of 399/5. Following a rain delay during Australia’s innings, the visitors were assigned a revised DLS target of 317 runs in 33 overs.
Ashwin showcased his prowess by dismissing Marnus Labuschagne for 27 runs off 31 balls with a splendid delivery. He then achieved back-to-back successes by trapping David Warner (52 off 39) and Josh Inglis (6 off 9) leg before wicket in the same over.
These three dismissals elevated the seasoned off-spinner’s total number of wickets against Australia in international cricket to 144. This achievement surpassed the previous record held by Kumble, who had claimed 142 wickets against the Australian team in international cricket.
India’s victory in the Indore ODI is defined by centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill
In their innings, India displayed a commanding performance by reaching a total of 399/5. Shreyas Iyer (105 runs off 90 balls) and Shubman Gill (104 runs off 97 balls) delivered outstanding centuries and built a partnership of 200 runs for the second wicket.
Suryakumar Yadav (72* off 37) and KL Rahul (52 runs off 38) also made significant contributions with the bat. In response, Australia struggled to reach 217 runs in 28.2 overs, with all-rounder Sean Abbott being the top scorer with 54 runs off 36 balls.
Following the match, Shreyas, who was named Player of the Match, revealed that he faced challenging times while dealing with injuries and fitness concerns. During the post-match presentation, he expressed his thoughts:
“It was a rollercoaster ride. I have been working so hard the last few months, and I was in a lonely space.” He, however, added, “Excited to be back and I am enjoying the atmosphere in the dressing room. I was seeing matches on TV and wanted to be out there.”
Regarding his exceptional performance on Sunday, which was achieved under demanding circumstances, the 28-year-old batsman further remarked:
“I had belief in myself. I knew what I was aiming for and glad I was able to execute my plans today. My plan was to play in the ‘V’ and not complicate things. I was batting brilliantly in the nets. I’m happy to bat in any position. Whatever the team requires.”
India and Australia are scheduled to face off in the third ODI in Rajkot on Wednesday, September 27.