India faced a huge embarrassment in the second ODI against Australia. They lost by 10 wickets. Batting first, the team could not score more than 117 runs. This is their lowest score against Australia at home. Never before has India faced so much shame against Australia.
India’s lowest score at home against Australia in the past was 148. This thing was seen in Baroda match in 2007. Overall, this is the third lowest score in ODI cricket against Australia. They were bowled out for 63 runs in Sydney in 1981. That was their lowest score. After that in Sydney, India’s innings ended with 100 runs. Next is Visakhapatnam.
It has been raining in Visakhapatnam for the past few days. The sky was cloudy since Sunday morning. A light cold breeze was also blowing in the seaside town. Having won the toss, Australian captain Steve Smith did not think twice to field first after getting an ideal environment for strong bowling. Mitchell Starc showed how correct his decision was in the first over. Shubman Gill (not out) was dismissed on the third ball. Rohit and Virat Kohli tried to bring the team back to the fight after handling the first shock. They started aggressive batting to keep the Australian bowlers under pressure.
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But Rohit (13) got out by punching the ball outside the wicket. Starc became more dangerous after getting the Indian captain’s wicket. The left-armer sent Suryakumar Yadav back to the dressing room (zero) on the very next ball. The number one batsman in the world in T20 cricket was dismissed on the first ball in two consecutive one-day matches. Starc’s chance of a hat-trick was wasted by Lokesh Rahul. Even Rahul (9), who won the match in Mumbai, could not manage the team’s innings. He is also Stark’s victim.
Starc put the team in the driver’s seat by cutting the head of the Indian batting line-up. The cornered Indian team could not turn around. The captain of the first match Hardik Pandya (1) also got out quickly. Sean Abbott dismissed him. At the other end of the wicket, a helpless Kohli (31) was run out by Nathan Ellis for lack of a partner. Two left-handed all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel tried to save the team from embarrassment.
Under pressure, Jadeja scored 16 runs off 39 balls. He is also a victim of Alice. Akshar ended up unbeaten on 29 runs (1 four, 2 sixes) but did not gain much. Because Kuldeep Yadav (4), Mohammad Shami (0) and Mohammad Siraj (0) could not stand at the other end of the wicket. Abbott also got the chance of a hat-trick by dismissing Kuldeep and Shami in two consecutive balls. Siraj somehow prevented it. However, it did not cover the shame of the party.