2nd ODI: India beat Australia by 36 runs, level series 1-1

Written by January 17, 2020 21:57

New Delhi: In the second ODI in Rajkot, India defeated Australia by 36 runs and levelled the series by 1-1.

Batting first, Team India put up a huge total on the scoreboard. But, the visitors were equally combative when it came to chasing a whopping total of 341.

Australia started on a high note, scored quick 100 runs. Initially, Indian bowlers couldn’t pierce through the Aussie batting line-up but once the intial partnership got broken, the visitors couldn’t sustain the flow.

Steve Smith top scores for Australia

Mohammed Shami was the most successful Indian bowler with 3/77 while Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saina took two apiece as Australia lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 304 in 49.1 overs.

Steve Smith top-scored with a 102-ball 98 while Marnus Labuschagne made a 47-ball 46.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan missed a well-deserved ton by a whisker but laid a solid platform for the aggressive duo of skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to ensure a commanding total of 340 for 6 after being asked to bat.

Brief Scores:

India: 340/6 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 96, Virat Kohli 78, KL Rahul 80, Rohit Sharma 42; Adam Zampa 3/50).

Australia: 304 all out in 49.1 overs (Steve Smith 98, Marnus Labuschagne 46; Mohammed Shami 3/77, Kuldeep Yadav 2/65, Ravindra Jadeja 2/58, Navdeep Saini 2/62).