Australia vs India 2020, 2nd ODI:Smith encore sets India 390-run target in must-win game

Australia vs India 2020, 2nd ODI:Smith encore sets India 390-run target in must-win game

After an uncompromising performance in the first ODI, Team India will play the Horns against Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) today. The match is a do-or-die match for the spectators as they must win it at any cost to keep the three-match series alive.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the second ODI at the SCG.

Playing their first match since March, India remained on the back foot for the majority of the match. Except Mohammed Shami, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya, no other player could make much space in the game.

As far as the game is concerned, India lost it by 66 runs. Batting first, Australia piled up a mammoth total of 374 for 6 thanks to centuries from Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. In reply, India could only score 308 for 8 and rarely looked in the game while chasing.

One afternoon on Hardik Pandya's return to bowling, Australia's openers scored another century, and the heat waves were so strong that the flagpoles barely survived, with Steve Smith still in the headlines. Batting at No. 3, he barely set a foot wrong as he hit a century in 62 balls, setting the record for the third fastest ODI hundred for Australia, which he had set just two days earlier.

Buoyed by Smith's innings and standing on the shoulders of a strong 142-run opening stand, Australia set India a target of 390 runs in a must-win game for the visitors. 

Mohammed Shami kicked things off with a bouncer to David Warner and Jasprit Bumrah took little time to get his lengths fuller but India's initial plans and aggro came undone through Navdeep Saini, whom both David Warner and Aaron Finch could line up with ease. India, as compared to the first ODI a couple of days ago, were much sharper at the start of this match. And all that snowballed into yet another wicketless powerplay with the ball for India - their fifth on the trot - and another century opening stand to contend with - Australia's third on the trot - meaning the free-flowing runs from Smith hurt them more.

Warner's run-out by a direct hit from Shreyas Iyer at long-off gave India an iota of hope and a window to work their way back into the game, but Smith's imperious run-making ways kept them at bay. Shami eventually got India their first breakthrough in the 23rd over, when a full ball on leg-stump found Finch's leading edge to Kohli at extra cover. 

Smith pushes Pandya to short third man. The dismissal in many ways expressed India's plight, where he dismissed Smith through a half-fit bowler who was not meant to bowl, and with strategy that was not on the planning board.

For all, it was an innings in the same mold as the first ODI. A huge opening stand, Smith's 62-ball century and a brilliant warm-up end from Glenn Maxwell, who scored an unbeaten 63 off 29 balls, ended Australia's batting effort just days before.

Brief Scores: Australia 389/4 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83; Hardik Pandya 1-24, Mohammed Shami 1-73) vs India 


Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Mitch Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood


Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah