In the second ODI of the bilateral series between India and Australia, Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat against the Men in Blue. Steve Smith (105), David Warner (83) and Glenn Maxwell (63) guided Australia to a huge target of 390 for the Indian team in 50 overs.
The skipper Finch and David Warner commenced the innings on a higher note as they stitched another century stand partnership of 142 runs for the first wicket. The threatening partnership was broken by Mohammad Shami when the Aussie captain was caught by his counterpart in the 30-yard-circle. Warner couldn’t hold his ground without his opening partner and returned to the pavilion two overs later when he fell short of his crease on Shreyas Iyer’s direct throw at the wickets.
Following the departure of openers, Steve Smith lead the Aussie attack in middle overs and accelerated the innings. Smith and Marnus Labuschagne (70) conjured a partnership of 136 runs for the third wicket. The former Aussie captain departed on Hardik Pandya’s bowling in the 42nd over after scoring his second consecutive century of the bilateral series against India. The number four batsman, Labuschagne completed his third ODI half-century with a boundary behind backward point. Glenn Maxwell (63) started taking on the Indian bowlers from the first ball of his arrival and headed towards a good finish for his team. The all-rounder hit two consecutive boundaries, both behind the square of the wicket on Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling and announced his arrival at the crease.
For the Men in Blue, Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya managed to pocket one wicket each while, Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini went wicketless in their allotted ten overs.