Starc, Abbott restrict India to 117.
Premier left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc picked up his ninth five-wicket haul in 50-over cricket and was the architect of Australia’s dismissal of India for just 117 in 26 overs in the second ODI of the three-match series at Dr. Ys. Emerged as Rajasekhara Reddy at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, here on Sunday.
Starc, who picked a three-fer in the first ODI in Mumbai, produced another brilliant display of early swing bowling to rattle the top order and then dismissed Mohammad Siraj to finish with 5/53. What did
Sean Abbott was outstanding with his 3/23 while Nathan Ellis provided great support with 2/13. For India, who lost four wickets in the powerplay for the first time since their 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, Virat Kohli and Axar Patel top scored with 31 and 29 not out respectively. What did
It was a disappointing batting performance from the hosts where four batsmen fell for ducks, while the rest had no answers to tough questions from Starc and Co. to slump to the fourth-lowest score at home.
Starc’s brilliant show began in the very first over, with Shubman Gill hitting a full and wide delivery straight to point. Starc got some inside movement, but Rohit Sharma clipped him through the square leg on the last ball of the opening over.
He and Virat Kohli hit a boundary each off Cameron Green’s half volleys in the next over, before the latter dismissed Starc in the third over. Starc bounced back in the fifth over, prompting Rohit to chase a wide delivery and a thick outside edge caught by Steve Smith at first slip.
On the very next ball, an in-swinger from Starc completely beat Surya Kumar Yadav on the inside edge, leaving the right-hander lbw for a second golden duck. An in-swinger from Starc then dismissed KL Rahul, who looked to flick, but was hit on the pad in front of the stumps.
India lost their fifth wicket in the tenth over when Hardik Pandya pushed Sean Abbott’s delivery without any footwork and Smith dived to his right to take a right-handed catch.
There was no respite for India as Nathan Ellis struck on his second ball in the 16th over, trying to play Kohli across the line lbw with a straight delivery. After four overs, Ellis’s second wicket fell when his good length delivery got extra bounce and took wicketkeeper Alex Carey from the thick edge of the gloves.
Aksar and Kuldeep Yadav tried to put up some resistance. But Abbott induced Kuldeep to play pull and the ball went into the hands of the forward square leg. On the very next ball, Mohammad Shami poked a full delivery and edged Carey.
Axar hit Starc down the ground and over backward square leg for a delightful six in the 26th over. But the left-arm fast bowler ended the over by rattling the top of Mohammad Siraj’s off-stump to take a brilliant five-wicket haul.
Brief score: India 117 in 26 overs (Virat Kohli 31, Axar Patel 29 not out; Mitchell Starc 5/53, Sean Abbott 3/23) v Australia