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19-Mar-2023 13:10:00 GMT
Ind vs Aus - 2nd ODI, Vizag

Seamers and Openers century stand sink India for 1-1

Australia 121 for 0 (Marsh 66*, Head 51*) beat India 117 (Kohli 31, Starc 5-53, Abbott 3-23) by 10 wickets

Visakhapatnam: Mitchell Starc's fifer followed by Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head's brutal hitting guided Australia to 10 wickets victory with 234 balls to spare against India in the second ODI of the three-match series at YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Marsh's unbeaten 66 off 36 while Head played a superb knock of 51* off 30 deliveries. Indian bowlers failed to take any wicket and handed Australia an easy win with veteran pacer Mohammed Shami conceding 29 runs.

Australia chased down the target in the 11th over of the match. With this win, Australia levelled the three-match series 1-1.

Chasing a low total of 118, Australia got off to a flying start as their openers Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head slammed Indian blowers all around the ground from early in the innings.

The batting pair of Marsh and Head were decisive in their approach and made the Indian bowlers toil hard making merry of the excellent batting conditions on offer.

In the 10th over of the game, the duo took their team's total beyond the 100-run mark. Head also brought up his half-century in 29 balls.

In the 11th over of the game, Marsh slammed a stunning four to guide his team home with a 10-wicket victory over India.

Earlier, Mitchell Starc produced one of the best bowling spells as he dismantled the Indian batting line-up, bundling Men in Blue for 117 in the second ODI match.

The veteran Australian fast bowler broke the opening partnership in his third ball and the first over of the match.

Starc lured Shubman Gill to play a shot in the offside.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli tried to overcome the early loss and switched to attacking mode.

However, Starc made a comeback in the fifth over of the match. The Indian skipper Rohit Sharma lost his wicket in a similar fashion, and Starc once again lured Rohit Sharma to play a shot on the offside.

The Indian opener tried to play a cover drive but his bat only met the dust, and the edge of his bat met the ball.

The ball travelled straight to Steve Smith at a lightning pace, but the Australia skipper didn't make any mistake as he adjusted himself in a split second and held on to the ball.

After watching his comrades Nathan Ellis joined the party by dismissing the set batter Virat Kohli for 31(35).

In the end, Axar Patel made a valiant effort to keep the scoreboard ticking and take his team to a defendable score. His two consecutive sixes against Mitchell Starc were the highlight of the match.

But Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj failed to support Axar. Starc picked up the final wicket of Siraj and completed his five-wicket haul. India ended their innings with a score of 117.

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