🏏Australia vs India: 2nd ODI at Indore on 24/09/2023 D/N🏏
The second ODI of the three-match series between India and Australia will be played today. Team India bucketed the first ODI of the series by 5 wickets and is leading the series by 1-0.
After a commanding performance in the opening ODI, Team India will look to continue the rhythm in the second match against Australia to take an unassailable lead in the three-match series.
India outclassed Australia in every aspect during the series opener. The visitors batted first and managed to produce 276 runs in 50 overs. Opener David Warner was the highest scorer for the Aussies, registering 52 runs. Josh Inglish also played a vital inning as the wicketkeeper-batter scored 45 runs.
Mohammed Shami was the standout performer among the Indian bowlers. The veteran pacer wrapped up the game with his career-best figures of 5-51.
Coming to the chase, Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave India a powerful start. The youngsters demonstrated their composure while also pulling off occasional boundaries.
Their 142-run partnership unquestionably made things easier for the upcoming batters. In the end, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav stitched an 80-run stand to seal the deal.
Then KL Rahul added an unbeaten 58, while Suryakumar Yadav scored 50. With the ball, Mohammad Shami grabbed a 5-wicket haul, while Bumrah, Ashwin, and Jadeja picked 1 wicket each.
For Australia, David Warner was the only one to score a half-century (52). With the ball, Zampa picked up a couple of wickets, while Cummins and Abbott grabbed one each.
India will be aiming to win the series by clinching the second ODI while Australia will be aiming to make a comeback here. A great contest is anticipated here between them on Sunday.
Considering the home advantage and team combination, Team India is expected to win this match.
India won 55
Australia won 82
The wicket at the Holkar Stadium is known to be a batting paradise, thanks to the flat surface as well as the shorter boundaries. In their previous appearance at his venue, the Indian batters appeared in swashbuckling form and posted a mammoth 385 runs. Shubman Gill was also part of the game and played a remarkable centurion knock. The pitch is expected to remain the same and assist the batters during the second ODI between India and Australia. Pacers will love to bowl with the new ball, while spinners will need to wait until the surface gets cracked.
The surface of Indore is another batting-friendly wicket and is anticipated to aid the batters once again throughout the game. There is very little assistance on offer for the pacers early on, and the spinners will have to toil hard for wickets here on this track.
The weather in Indore is expected to remain partly cloudy on September 24. There is no chance of rain playing a spoilsport during the second ODI between India and Australia. The temperature could hover around 23 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius, while the humidity is anticipated to be around 81-92 percent. The wind speed will be around 10-15 km/h during the 50-over clash.
The average first-innings score on this wicket is 320 runs.
The team batting second doesn’t enjoy good records here. They have a winning percentage of 40 on this track.
India: Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c & wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Matthew Short, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa
A no. 1 trifecta isn't the worst way to begin proceedings for a home World Cup. Especially when the metaphorical base is otherwise shaky with injury troubles, selection dilemmas, form trouble, and the problem of plenty. India are now the no. 1 ranked team in all three formats after the win in Mohali - a run-chase where they took it deep and finished the job effectively, with four half-centuries in the batting order.
India couldn't have timed it better. KL Rahul has a pressure hundred and an unbeaten captain's half-century under his belt. Suryakumar Yadav not only has a run against his name after four innings against Australia, he also scored a fifty at quicker than a run-a-ball -- an innings where he admitted to "playing slower and taking it deep".
Shreyas Iyer is on the field. Two Indian pacers have taken five-wicket hauls in two consecutive ODIs, both in winning causes. No one is exactly out of form, even though Iyer lacks game time, and India's first choice XI remains a mystery.
Nevertheless, India are roaring at the right time.
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What to expect: Runs. Oh, so many runs. Indore has seen some extraordinary innings played, including Virender Sehwag's once-highest ODI score of 219 in 2011, and Rohit Sharma's ridiculous 36-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in 2018. 400+ ODI scores, 250+ T20I scores. Expect an absolute road, and a major test for the bowlers in preparation for the World Cup, and the best possible opportunity for out-of-sorts batters to get some runs under their belts. Especially with straight boundaries shorter than 70 meters, and square boundaries shorter than 60 meters will certainly test the spinners who dare to bowl.
With Kuldeep Yadav continuing his rest period, Ravichandran Ashwin should get another game given his impressive spell in the first. India will hope that Iyer and Kishan get back amongst the runs. However, the bowlers are likely to be rotated around again. With a gap of just two days between ODIs, it seems prudent to rest Jasprit Bumrah and play Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami in Indore.
Cummins had said after ODI series opener that Starc won't be ready for the second game yet, meaning Australia could likely stick to the same XI.
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