The highly engaging series, India vs Australia, comes to an end on 27th September; the 2nd ODI was absolutely a treat for all fans worldwide who cherish batting performances. To say India's batting was flawless would be an understatement.
Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first; they were successful in taking Ruturaj Gaikwad's wicket when the score was 16 runs (16-1), but who knew that they wouldnt be able to take another wicket for the next 200 runs.That's correct; Shreyar Iyer and Shubman Gill built a partnership of 200 runs; each scored a century and kept the run rate very high.
After both the batsmens got out, India's batting only got better; Kl Rahul scored a quick fifty, Ishan Kishan contributed crucial runs, and Surya Kumar Yadav (SKY) hit 4 sixes in a row! All batting efforts combined allowed Team India to secure an enormous total of 399/5.
Watch the entire match highlights below on the official BCCI TV website: https://www.bcci.tv/videos/5560088/ind-vs-aus-2023-24-2nd-odi-match-highlights?tagNames=2023/24 Australia was under pressure since the very first ball, yet the openers hit quality shots and tried to maintain a high run rate.
Rain interrupted the play, due to which the match was reduced to 33 overs with a DLS target of 317. After losing many early wickets, it was a one-sided match; however, Sean Abbott's performance was applaudworthy. He tried his best, but India's bowling was also fabulous today, which further allowed them to clinch the series with a 99 runs victory.
KL Rahul (India's Captain)
"When I saw the wicket in the morning, I didn't think it would spin so much, " Rahul said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "Putting 400 on the board gives you confidence. It's not really our decision to make.
Our jobs are clear. Everyone who gets picked in the XI, needs to focus on their job. Everyone has gone through this, you need to keep getting better and wait for the opportunities. We have dropped a few catches, but fielding under lights, it's challenging physically.
The coaches are doing their best to keep the guys fit. Sometimes these errors happen. The commitment is always there, we'll learn from it, brush it off and get better in the next game. Nothing is discussed, but guys coming back will want to make it count.
With the World Cup only a couple of weeks away, guys will want to get into it. They need to get used to the challenges, they will be keen to get back on to the field".
Steve Smith (Australia's captain)
"When we came here it looked like a good wicket," Smith said as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "Credit to them, Gill and Iyer batted beautifully and took the game away from us.
The way KL and Surya batted, it was briliant. After the rain, it got sticky and it started to spin. We have lost quite a few (matches) in a row, in South Africa and here. We need to sort out a few things, hopefully we turn it around in the next game.
We have a few days now, we are working towards the World Cup, both the teams are. Hopefully we'll turn it around in the last game".