India levelled the series with a superb comeback style at Rajkot

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India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020 – It was a comprehensive victory for India in Rajkot, after the men in blue lost the opening One Day International very badly in Mumbai. India scripted a 36 runs famous win at Rajkot. It was an all-round effort which enabled the Indian side to level the series.

India lost the toss again and was invited to bat first by Australia again. The Indian openers batted freely than how they did in Mumbai. The openers – Rohit and Dhawan made full use of the power play overs and gave India a start which was much needed.

india vs australia 2nd odi highlights 2020

The opening duo added 81 runs before the first wicket. Rohit Sharma was caught plumb in front by Adam Zampa. Rohit reviewed his decision but eventually, the third umpire declared him out for well made 46 runs.

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020

It was Kohli who came out to bat at the number 3 position. Thankfully, the Indian Skipper didn’t experiment with the batting order this time. Virat anchored the innings nicely and shared another partnership with Shikhar Dhawan in this match.

Dhawan didn’t look scratchy like he did in Mumbai. He was up to the task and took on the Aussie bowlers to get along his knock nicely. The Delhi duo shared a fantastic stand of 103 runs which powered India to score a total of more than 300 runs.

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But when all things looked set, Dhawan was caught by Starc off Kane Richardson’s bowling. When Dhawan was batting on 96, he could not keep the short and wide ball down. He hit that ball straight to Starc who didn’t drop the catch. Dhawan missed his well-deserved ton by just 4 runs. Gabbar departed after playing a brilliant knock of 96 runs.

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020 – Shreyas Iyer was the potential number 4 for India in the limited-overs format. Previously, he has done well in that position but yesterday, he failed to contribute. Iyer was clean bowled by Zampa for just 7 runs.

India gathered some momentum again when KL Rahul and Skipper Kohli struck a fluent partnership. This stand of 78 runs allowed Rahul to be in his full flow. It looked like this partnership will see off through the 300 run mark. But Adam Zampa struck again, this time with a huge scalp of Virat Kohli.

Kohli looked to up the run rate and was caught by Starc. It was yet another time when Zampa managed to pick up Kohli. The Indian skipper scored a vital 70 runs. Manish Pandey came in after Kohli but he didn’t last long. He was caught in deep by Ashton Agar for just 2 runs.

Then, it was only about KL Rahul’s show with the bat that enabled India to post a huge score on the board. Rahul continued his good form, but this time he batted in a different number. He displayed a variety of shots which were commendable to see. Due to Rahul’s 80 runs in 52 ball deliveries, India ended up scoring 340 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020 – Ravindra Jadeja looked decent enough. He was a good support to Rahul at the other end. Rahul was run out in the last over and India finished their batting with Ravindra Jadeja being not out on 20 and Mohd Shami who just faced 1 ball in the last over.

Australia’s bowling was good in Mumbai. They didn’t look so bad as they did in Rajkot. Pat Cummins and Michell Starc were wicketless. But Adam Zampa looked the most decent along with Kane Richardson. Zampa picked up 3 wickets while Richardson picked up 2 wickets to his name.

The run chase wasn’t an ideal one from the visitors, but still, they managed to threaten India quite a lot in this match. David Warner and Aaron Finch, the unbeaten centurions from the last game were expected to continue from where they left off in Mumbai.

But Manish Pandey’s one-handed catch ended the stay of David Warner for just 15 runs. It was Steve Smith who came out to bat with Finch. The duo of the current skipper and the former skipper played some cautious cricket and shared a vital 62 run stand.

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020 – India was in the search of a quick breakthrough and that came due to a classy stumping which was done by KL Rahul behind the stumps. Aaron Finch’s foot was on the line when the bails were dislodged and that’s why the third umpire gave the ‘out’ decision. Finch was out for 33 runs.

Then, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne steadied the innings with a huge stand. Australia was in the game because of these two. Even though the run rate kept on increasing, but Smith and Labuschagne scored some timely boundaries to ease off that pressure.

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This partnership of 96 runs kept the Indian bowlers at bay. Labuschagne played in India for the first time but it never looked like that. He got used to the conditions so quickly that it was just hard to believe. As the asking run rate went up, Australia lost their wickets quickly.

The debut inning from Labuschagne ended when he tried to loft the ball. But, it fell straight to Shami. Jadeja was the man to get the breakthrough for India again. Then, it was Kuldeep’s magic that struck a big blow to Australia.

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020 – The china-man delivered when it was needed most. He picked up two wickets in one over and made India the favourites to win the match. Kuldeep first picked up Alex Carey for 18 runs and then it was an important scalp which dented the hopes of all the Australians. Steve Smith also missed his well-deserved ton by just 2 runs. Smith was clean bowled on 98 runs.

It was a mere formality that India completed by picking the wickets of the lower order batsmen after Smith. It was too tough for the lower order to chase down the total all by themselves and especially when Steve Smith was dismissed.

Ashton Turner was the hero in Mohali when Australia chased down 358 runs on their last tour to India in 2019. But this time, he was gone for just 13 runs. In the end, there were some contributions from Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa that allowed Australia to reach the 300 run mark. But, they fell 36 runs short of getting to the target. Australia was bowled out for 304 runs in the 49.1 over.

India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 2020 – The Indian bowlers gave an improved performance this time around. They were good in their line and lengths which resulted in this win. Bumrah was the most economical bowler for India in this match. He picked up 1 wicket to his name while Saini, Jadeja, and Kuldeep picked up two wickets each to their name. Mohd Shami picked up 3 wickets to his name.

India levelled the series against Australia in Rajkot with a 36 run win. The man of the match award was given to KL Rahul for his wonderful batting and impressive wicket keeping behind the stumps.

The third and the final One Day match will be played on Sunday, 19th January 2020 in Bengaluru.

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