After losing the first ODI against India, Australia have made a brilliant comeback in the 2nd ODI to bring equality to the three-match series. Aussie pacer Mitchel Starc destroyed the Indian batting lineup alone to end India’s innings in just 117 runs. The Australians did not lose any wickets in chasing the target, securing a 10-wicket victory against the home team.

Toss: Steve Smith, the captain of Australia, won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The Indians failed to stay on the crease

Losing the toss, India started their batting innings with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. But Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc didn’t let them make a long partnership. He hit in the very first over by picking up Shubman Gill in his 3rd ball. 

After that, captain Rohit tried hard to build a partnership with the former captain, Virat Kohli. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score more than 29 runs together. Mitchell Starc once again got a wicket as he picked up Rohit Sharma in the 5th over. Moreover, the pacer got his 3rd wicket in the following ball. This time, Suryakumar Yadav left the pitch after being LBW.

However, Virat Kohli tried hard to stay on the crease. He scored the highest 31 runs for the Indians. 

However, Kohli’s innings came to an end in the 16th over as Nathan Ellis picked his wicket. After that, Starc destroyed India’s batting lineup along with Sean Abbott. Starc got five wickets, while Abbott picked up three. Due to their aggression, India lost all of their wickets in 117 runs.

Australia chased the target easily

Australia chased the target very comfortably without losing any wickets. Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh made a partnership of 121 runs, which saw Australia win the match by ten wickets. However, Travis Head and Marsh remained not out in 51 and 66 runs respectively.

Mitchell Starc’s reaction

Taking five wickets, Mitchell Starc received the Player of the Match award. He said, “I have learnt the trade over the years. My rhythm has been good for a few weeks now. Last couple of nights, I got the ball to shape in the air and do a little bit off the wicket. Feeling in a good place, hopefully I can continue. It’s a role I play, being more attacking and bowling slightly fuller than some of the other guys. I can be slightly more expensive, but that brings in all the dismissals more, that’s the role I play.”

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