IND vs AUS: After losing the series opener by 5 wickets, Australia made a stunning comeback as they defeated the Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team by 10 wickets in the second ODI match at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. With this win the Steve Smith-led side has leveled the three-match series 1-1.
Australian batters hammered the Indian bowlers to reach the target of 118 runs with 39 overs to spare and with 10 wickets in hand as they wrapped up the chase in 30 minutes.
Earlier, the Indian side made a worst-possible start to the game as the top-order was undone by left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc who picked his ninth five-wicket haul. The Indian batting line-up failed miserably as they could only manage to post a total of 117 runs, which is their fourth-lowest total at home and lowest target in an ODI match against Australia.
Rohit Sharma Was Visibly Disappointed
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who was dismissed for 13 runs off 15 balls, was visibly disappointed with the performance of the team. During the post-match presentation, he minced no words in his assessment of India’s 10-wicket loss. He said:
“It is disappointing. No doubt about that. We didn’t play to our potential. We didn’t apply ourselves with the bat. We always knew that was not enough runs. It was not a 117 pitch at all. By no means. We just didn’t apply ourselves,”
“Kept losing wickets and that didn’t allow us to get the runs we wanted. Once we lost Shubman in the first over, myself and Virat got 30-35 runs quickly. But then I lost my wicket and we lost we lost a couple of wickets back to back. That put us on the back foot. It’s always tough to come back from that situation. Today wasn’t the day for us,”
Rohit Hailed Mitchell Marsh
Furthermore, Rohit hailed the performance of Australia’s star bowler Mitchell Marsh, who scored his second consecutive fifty and Travis Head, who also got to his half-century mark as Australia’s opener wrapped up the chase in 11 overs.
“Marsh has to be one of the top players going around when it comes to power hitting. He backs himself to do that every now and then. Definitely in top 3 and 4 when it comes to power hitting,”