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Australia brutally thrashes India by 10 wickets in 2nd ODI , Starc, Marsh shines

In the Visakhapatnam ODI match against Australia, the Indian team was shamefully all out on a total score of just 117 runs.  Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and invited India to bat.  Team India came out to bat first and its entire innings got scattered like cards.  Apart from Virat Kohli, no batsman could even cross the figure of 30.  After Mumbai, Visakhapatnam also saw the best of fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who took five wickets.

 This is India’s fourth lowest score in ODIs at home.  At the same time, it proved to be the third smallest score of Team India against Australia.  Team India had a bad start in Mumbai but won the match on the basis of partnership between KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja but no such partnership was seen in Visakhapatnam.


 Team India could play only 26 overs.  It took only two hours and 20 minutes for Australia to get the hosts all out .  In the very first over, Mitchell Starc showed the way to the pavilion to Shubman Gill, who could not even open the account.  After this, in the fifth over, Starc dismissed Rohit Sharma, who went for a drive  and then had Suryakumar Yadav  lbw with a rapid inswinger in two balls one after the other.  Four overs later, first ODI hero , KL Rahul (9) also became the victim of Starc as the ball came in rapidly to trap him in front .  This is the first time after the 2019 World Cup semi-final that Team India lost four wickets in the powerplay in the ODI format.

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 Steve Smith took a brilliant diving catch and sent Hardik Pandya to the pavilion, who got out after scoring only one run.  From here, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja tried to handle the innings while batting with ease, but Nathan Ellis did not allow this to happen.  He first dismissed Virat Kohli (31 runs) lbw as he played across to an incoming ball  and then Ravindra Jadeja (16 runs) caught behind .  Axar Patel stayed on one side and scored 29 runs but he did not get any support.  Kuldeep was dismissed after scoring four runs but Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj could not even open the account. Starc got his 5th wicket by getting Siraj bowled . Abbot took 3 wickets and Ellis got 2 wickets as the Aussie pacers bowled brilliantly  to get India all out for 117 . 

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In reply Australian openers Travis Head and Mitch Marsh launched a fierce assault on the Indian fast bowlers Shami , Siraj & Hardik as boundaries came thick and fast . Head played his cuts , drives and flicks fiercely while Marsh used brute force in his down the ground shots , fierce pulls and backfoot  off drives . Both scored rapidly as the Indian bowlers looked totally bemused at the power of the shots . Head (51 off 30 balls ) and Marsh (66 off 36 balls ) ended the game within 11 overs as Australia chased down a paltry 117 effortlessly to square the series . Mitchel Starc for his 5/53 was the man of the match.

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