Australia suffered a big setback as India swept to a convincing 99-run victory in the second ODI to wrap up the three-match series. Australian captain Steve Smith has been forced to be open about his team’s performance and chances at the 2017 ICC Cricket World Cup in October as a result of this demoralizing setback.
Australia’s Struggles Continue
It appeared to be a nice wicket when we arrived but has since changed slightly. India deserves praise for their excellent batting…On that, 400 was always difficult. I’ve seen games played here previously, and it seemed suitable for pursuing. We weren’t very close. We have now suffered numerous losses in a succession…The World Cup is about reaching your peak at the appropriate time, and as of right now, we haven’t. a few issues to resolve. We are aware of our virtues. Both teams aim to win games while preparing for the World Cup, according to Smith in a post-game presentation.
India’s Dominance on Display
India’s resounding triumph was the product of an outstanding effort with both bat and ball. The powerful 200-run partnership for the third phase, wicket between Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer set the tone for a challenging total. KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan all contributed to India’s impressive 399/5 in 50 overs.
Chasing an Imposing Target
Australia’s pursuit of a 400-run target got off to a shaky start, with the squad reeling at 9/2 before rain temporarily halted play. The new aim was 317 runs in 33 overs when play restarted. With an 80-run partnership, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne attempted to consolidate the innings, but wickets continued to fall, leaving Australia battling at 140/8.
Sean Abbott and Josh Hazlewood’s late comeback offered some amusement for the crowd. Their blazing 77-run partnership featured boundaries and sixes, but it was insufficient to affect the outcome, as Australia was bowled out for 217 in 28.2 overs, succumbing to a 99-run defeat.
India’s bowlers shine
India’s bowlers were crucial in clinching the series victory. With three wickets each, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja led the way, while Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Shami also contributed.