India tasted defeat again on Australian soil. With an ODI game left to play, Australia is already in the driver’s seat now. Australia posted a total of 350+ once again for the 2nd time in this ODI series.
Australia, in 50 overs, smashed 389 runs with the loss of just 4 wickets. Aaron Finch and David Warner gave Australia the ideal start once again. With an opening partnership of 142 runs, Warner and Finch set the tone for the Australian batting line-up to follow suit.
Smith smashes second ton as Australia defeat India once again to win the ODI series
After Smith dismissed Finch for 60, Steve Smith stepped in to take charge of the Australian batting lineup. Steve Smith held back nothing on Sunday, as he smashed 104 off just 64 balls against India. With 14 fours and 2 sixes in his innings, Smith was the Man of the Match. This was Smith’s 5th century against India in the ODI format, as he proved too hot to handle for the Indian bowlers.
Prior to Warner’s dismissal, Labuschagne stepped in to add to India’s wounds. After Hardik Pandya dismissed Smith, Glenn Maxwell took Australia to a total of 389. With 63 off just 29 balls, Maxwell spearheaded Australia with 4 sixes and 4 fours to his name.
The Indian batsmen stepped out in the SCG with a daunting total to chase. Agarwal and Dhawan got India off to a decent start. However after they were dismissed for 28 and 30 respectively, things started looking bleak for team India. It all boiled to Virat Kohli to do it all. The skipper initially had some help from Shreyas Iyer. However, Iyer was eventually dismissed by Moises Henriques for just 38. Kohli and KL Rahul tried their best to guide India on their way to chase the total. However, their knocks of 89 and 76 respectively were ultimately futile in the end.
After KL Rahul and Kohli were dismissed, India needed 102 runs in 38 balls, which was almost impossible to achieve. Pandya and Jadeja pushed India to a respectable total of 328. However, it was nowhere near the mammoth total of 390. India eventually lost the match by 51 runs, also losing the series in the process. With the last ODI to be played in Canberra, India would want to win this one for the country.