India, after defeating Australia in the first game, would try to replicate the same in the next game to eye another series win in 2023. India would be happy with the return of their regular skipper Rohit Sharma. The action now moves to Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium in Visakhapatnam where both teams will meet for the second time in the three-match ODI series on 19th March, 2023.
Talking about the first game, India won the toss and opted to field at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. Siraj continued his powerplay dominance as Travis Head succumbed to his heat in the second over. Captain Steve Smith joined hands with Mitchell Marsh to rescue Australia as the duo added 72 runs for the second wicket.
Once the partnership started to trouble India, it was captain Hardik Pandya who did the damage by dismissing Steve Smith. However, Mitchell Marsh continued to play his brand of cricket as he, along with Marnus Labuschagne, added another 52 runs for the third wicket. Marsh amassed 81 runs which included 10 fours and five maximums.
Just when the partnership was going well, in came Pandya’s trusted lieutenant Ravindra Jadeja who dismissed well-set Marsh in the 20th over. Australia never recovered once they lost their highest run scorer of the match, as they lost seven of their wickets for just 49 runs, eventually being bowled out for 188 inside 36 overs.
In response to that, India lost the first four wickets in quick succession as Starc ripped the Indian top order with his fiery Yorkers. KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya led the recovery as the duo added 44 runs for the fifth wicket.
The set Hardik Pandya was sent back by the brilliance of Marcus Stoinis with the scorecard reading 83/5 in the 20th over. Meanwhile, KL Rahul batted with patience and was ably supported by Ravindra Jadeja as the duo together added 108 runs in a calm and composed partnership to take India across the line by five wickets.
KL Rahul rose to his 13th half-century whereas Ravindra Jadeja was phenomenal with both bat and ball scoring an unbeaten 45 runs and picking up two wickets.
Meanwhile, let us look at the stats and numbers ahead of the 2nd ODI between India and Australia
India vs Australia Head-to-Head: Both India and Australia have met in 144 ODIs out of which Australia have won on 80 occasions whereas India have emerged victorious on 54 occasions. Ten of the games didn’t yield results. In India, both the teams have played 65 games of which, 30 games have gone India’s way and an equal number of games have been won by Australia. Five games have ended in no-result.
55 -KL Rahul (1945) needs 55 runs to complete 2000 runs in ODI.
61 – Steven Smith (4939) requires 61 runs to get to the landmark of 5000 ODI runs.
12 – Glenn Maxwell (5988) is 12 runs short of reaching the milestone of 6000 runs across formats.
3 – Steven Smith (47) is three big hits away from reaching 50 maximums in the 50-overs format.
10 – David Warner (990) requires ten runs to get to 1000 ODI runs against India.
1 – Axar Patel (49) is one game away from appearing in 50 ODI matches.
9 – David Warner (1991) is nine runs short of reaching 2000 runs in away ODIs.
10 – Glenn Maxwell (3490) needs 10 runs to get to 3500 ODI runs.
5 – Suryakumar Yadav (45) requires five fours to reach to the milestone of 50 fours in the ODI format.
8 -Ravindra Jadeja (2492) requires 8 runs to complete 2500 runs in ODI.
105 – Mitchell Marsh (1895) requires 105 runs to complete 2000 runs in ODI
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