IND vs AUS, 2nd ODI: IND aims to bag ODI series, with Rohit Sharma’s return

After missing the team's first game of IND vs AUS in Mumbai, regular captain Rohit Sharma will also take over, with his return they would want to win the series.

IND vs AUS, 2nd ODI: IND aims to bag ODI series, with Rohit Sharma’s return
  • Sinchan Saha | March 18, 2023 | 8:40 am

When Team India plays Australia in the second One-Day International at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, they will want to win the series. After missing the team’s first game in Mumbai, regular captain Rohit Sharma will also take over. Hardik Pandya captained the team in Rohit’s absence in the first one-day international, leading them to a five-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium in a low-scoring contest.

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KL Rahul, who was dropped for the third and fourth Tests after struggling to find form in the Border-Gavaskar series, scored a patient unbeaten 75 to help the hosts win.

After missing nearly eight months due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery, Jadeja returned to ODI cricket on Friday, scoring an unbeaten 45 in the chase for 188. He likewise bowled a tight spell and returned figures of 2/46 to be proclaimed ‘Player of the Match’..

With the ODI World Cup being facilitated by India in the near future, an in-structure Rahul and a completely fit Jadeja will be a resource, and the three-match series will assist the selectors with evaluating the team’s advancement.

After being in a bit of trouble at 4/39 and later 5/83, India would attempt to make amends with the bat and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead before Rahul and Jadeja came together at the crease to lead the hosts to victory with 61 balls remaining.

The top order, which was shattered by the speed and variations of Australian fast Mitchell Starc, will undoubtedly benefit from Rohit Sharma’s return to captaincy duties

After Marcus Stoinis had made an early dent by dismissing Ishan Kishan for three runs, the lanky left-arm pacer’s three-wicket burst at the start put India under a lot of pressure. Virat Kohli (4), Suryakumar Yadav (0), and Shubman Gill (20) all left the game quickly.

The Indian batsmen have occasionally appeared hesitant when confronted with high-quality left-arm pacers, and facing Starc in the remaining two matches should provide them with valuable experience playing at home as they focus on preparing for the World Cup in October and November.

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With Sharma set to open, Kishan will likely make way for the regular captain. Suryakumar Yadav’s inability to find his mojo in the 50-over format is cause for concern, despite the fact that Kohli and Gill’s scores in the first ODI were below par.

Suryakumar, a maverick with the bat in T20Is, is evidently still figuring out how to play ODIs. This year, he has not scored a fifty in any of the five One-Day Internationals. Surya has not scored more than 50 in any of his 15 ODIS (13 innings) thus far.

Be that as it may, with no timetable set for Shreyas lyer’s return, India will continue to try out Suryakumar for the job at No. 4.

Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, India’s pacers, excelled on the Wankhede pitch, which favors fast bowling, in Mumbai. Kuldeep Yadav, a wrist spinner, was unable to leave a lasting impression.

Due to Pandya’s flawless performance as a third seamer in Mumbai, the team management is not expected to alter the bowling lineup.

The weather conditions gauge for the second ODI is of dispersed rainstorms to some extent in the primary half, which additionally implies that pacers from either side can swing the ball assuming the circumstances are breezy.

Throughout the series, Australia wants to experiment with various combinations. They brought in four all-rounders on Friday—Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell—but they were unable to significantly challenge India, which would be cause for concern for captain Steve Smith.

Marsh started the game quickly with a 65-ball 81 as a temporary opener in the absence of David Warner. However, Australia lost their way in the middle overs, falling from 129/2 to 188 all out against quality pace in Mumbai. Despite having a deep batting line up, the visitors lost six wickets for just 19 runs. This is something they will work on.

While the wickets for ODIs in India are typically batter-friendly, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will be expected to perform more despite having encountered “difficult” pitches during the Test series.

Smith has not crossed the 50-run mark such a long ways on this India visit. The Australian stand-in skipper will try to end the drought for someone who has a lot of runs against India.

In Mumbai, Australia’s fast bowling looked great, with Green and Stoinis and Sean Abbott keeping the Indians in check with tight lines.


India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas lyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat.

Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa.