India continue their domination! The Men in Blue are clicking as a unit and it seems nothing can stand in their way. They are on the same points with the No. 1 side in the world, South Africa. Another win will take them to the top of the tree and also help them take an unassailable lead in the series. Australia were good in patches but failed to pull off a collective performance. They need to get their act together if they are to stay alive in the competition. Join us for the 3rd ODI which will take place in Indore on 24th September at 1330 local (0800 GMT). Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Indian skipper and also the Man of the Match, VIRAT KOHLI is really happy with the win. Says he thought they didn't have enough on the board but felt that they can stand a chance if they bowl well and get a good start. Praises Bhuvneshwar Kumar for setting the tone for them and feels they can count on him if there is some assistance off the pitch. Adds the wicket wasn't that easy to bat on. On the wrist spinners, he says both (Chahal and Yadav) bowl with a lot of heart and provide the breakthroughs whenever needed. Opines that he is happy to have all the bases covered. On his batting, Kohli replies he always tries to come out positive and respects the opposition at the same time. Reckons he was aware of the wicket today, knew Australia's bowling attack had quality and it needed something special to get going. Ends by saying it looks nice when it pays off.
Australian skipper, STEVEN SMITH says he was pretty happy with the target set as they pulled things back nicely in the first innings. Mentions that they crumbled under pressure, making some poor decisions and adds that they can't afford it against a quality side like India. Reckons Marcus Stoinis was pretty good in the end but someone needed to step up and score big. Informs that his team bowled really well and once again emphasizes on poor decisions which cost them. On the Indian bowlers, he says they have got all the bases covered, their fast bowlers swing the ball both ways and have great variety in the attack.
Both the wrist spinners combined together to weave their magic. They took 5 wickets in 20 overs for 88 runs to dent the tourists. Kuldeep Yadav impressed the most, taking his maiden hat-trick in ODI cricket. Stoinis played an entertaining knock to keep his side in with an outside chance but the task proved to be too much for him and eventually, he was left stranded.
Head and Smith got their eye in and formed a good partnership. Both of them played sensible cricket, targeted the loose deliveries and kept the scoreboard ticking. They were threatening to take the game away but Head lost his cool to throw his wicket away. Maxwell looked dangerous but Chahal outsmarted him. And after the Australian skipper returned to the pavilion, a collapse followed.
A brilliant performance from India and they have taken a 2-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series. This is their 8th consecutive win in ODIs, a commendable feat indeed! After posting a competitive total on this two-paced track, their bowlers came out firing on all cylinders, especially Kumar who jolted the visitors early by nipping out both the openers and nearly got Head as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Kane Richardson
OUT! The decision stands! And it's all over for Australia here. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the one who took the first wicket and comes back now to seal the deal. Back of a length delivery, skidding a bit off the deck. Richardson walks across a touch to flick it away but misses and is struck on the pads. Kumar turns back to appeal and the finger goes up. Stoinis asks him to challenge the decision but to be honest it was looking out to the naked eye. Replays show it's in line and would have hit the leg stump. The Men in Blue extend their winning streak as they WIN BY 50 RUNS!
Richardson has a conversation with Stoinis and decides to take the review after being adjudged LBW. It is very close. Only an inside edge can save him.
BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR comes back into the attack. He bowled a great opening spell. Stoinis is looking threatening.
Jasprit Bumrah to Marcus Stoinis
Good length delivery on off, Marcus pushes it past Bumrah. Wants the single but which is not on.
Good length delivery outside off, defended towards point.
Gets across and flicks it towards the leg side.
The umpires are checking the ball as it has taken quite a beating. They cut a bit of leather from the seam which was coming out.
SIX! Flick of the wrists! That's gone over the fence! Let me tell you, he is keeping the Aussie hopes alive. In a match against New Zealand, he scored an unbeaten 146 and nearly took his side across the line. Has a chance to do it today if he plays like this. A full toss on the pads, Stoinis just flicks it over deep backward square leg for a maximum.
Stays back and defends it towards point.
Fuller in length and angling in, worked off the pads towards mid-wicket.
JASPRIT BUMRAH is back into the attack.
Hardik Pandya to Kane Richardson
On a length and around off, pushed towards the point fielder.
Good length delivery on middle and leg, clipped towards mid-wicket.
Hardik Pandya to Marcus Stoinis
Shorter and outside off, slapped through point for a single.