Aaron Finch and Co sent Virat Kohli’s boys packing in the 2nd ODI of the ongoing entourage on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Thus, the ODI series goes to Australia as they schooled the men in blue in a mammoth run-fest. India will lock horns with the Aussies in the 3rd ODI to try and secure a consolation win before heading off to the shorter version of the game.
On Sunday, Finch sent India to field first, and likely so they batted India out of the game. For the second time in ODI history, five men of the batting top order returned with 50 plus scores. Smith put on a show as he bagged his second ton of the series and help Australia put 390 on board.
While chasing, India once again faltered and lacked a much-needed partnership. After a stellar batting performance, the men in yellow displayed terrific fielding efforts as Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli fell prey to two stunning screamers.
With 390 to get, Agarwal and Dhawan both went back early in the hut. Captain Kohli set the stage for their chase with Iyer on the opposite end. However, a stunning diving catch from Steve Smith saw Iyer’s hopes go down the drain. Iyer was dismissed on 38.
Iyer was dismissed in the 24th over after Smith took an excellent catch at mid-wicket. Moises Henriques bowled a slower one to Iyer which was pulled away strongly by the right-hander only for Smith to cut it short and complete a stunning catch while flying towards his left.
In a similar fashion, Kohli too got out while pulling a Josh Hazlewood delivery towards midwicket in the 34th over. Henriques dived to his left and was almost horizontal to the ground when he grabbed the ball. The dismissal was a crucial breakthrough for the hosts, with the visiting skipper scoring 89 runs from 87 balls.
Earlier, Aussies rode the opening duo’s fearless partnership which was picked up by Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Once Smith departed, Maxwell picked up the pace where Smith left. Finch (60 off 69), Warner (83 off 77), Smith (104 off 64), Labuschagne (70 off 61), and Maxwell (63 off 29) all returned with 50 plus scores.