Here’s how every Australian fared in the 51 run win in Sunday’s second ODI.
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DAVID WARNER — 8
83 off 77
Picked up where he left off in game one, and then some, as the opener frustrated India and laid the groundwork for another big innings. He upped the aggression with the bat — he hit seven fours and three sixes — and was equally aggressive with his running between wickets. Ultimately, that brought him undone as he was run-out by an incredible Shreyas Iyer direct hit. Left the field injured which is a massive worry for Australia.
Warner HOBBLES from SCG
AARON FINCH — 7
60 off 69
Was one half of an opening partnership that simply refuses to fail against India in ODI cricket. Wasn’t as fluent as Warner but still played a pivotal support role, batting well into the middle overs to set up a perfect platform for a Steve Smith mastercalss (see below)
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STEVE SMITH — 10
104 off 64
What a freak. Well worthy of his second-consecutive 10/10 from us. This innings was a carbon copy of his masterclass on Friday, in which he found his hands and smoked the third-fastest ODI century by an Australian. On Sunday, he did the exact same thing, scoring a century off 62 balls again as he exquisitely picked apart India’s attack in clinical fashion to set up the win. He’s in some seriously ominous form heading into the summer.
If we could give him 11 we would because of his stunning catch to remove Shreyas Iyer.
Steve Smith is in incredible form.Source: News Corp Australia
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE — 7.5
70 off 61
A handy innings from the Queenslander who provided exceptional support to both Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the latter stages of the innings while keeping the score ticking over. He didn’t have a chance to make an impact in game one but made up for some loss time here.
GLENN MAXWELL — 8
63* off 29
1-25, economy rate 7.66
For the second match in a row, Maxwell’s cameo was a sight to behold. In just the space of 29 balls, Maxwell cleared the ropes four times and hit another four fours to once again take Australia’s innings to the next level. His acceleration in the latter stages truly put Australia’s total beyond reach.
Maxwell piles on the runs
MOISES HENRIQUES — 7.5
2* off 1
1-34, economy rate 4.85
Didn’t get much of a chance with the bat on his long-awaited return but he was fantastic with the ball — comfortably Australia’s most economical bowler while he snared his first wicket for his nation since 2017. Earns an extra point for his blinder to remove Virat Kohli as the India superstar looked set for a big hundred.
Diving stunner send Kohli
ALEX CAREY — N/A
Quiet night for the wicketkeeper who didn’t have to bat or take any catches from behind the stumps. We’ll excuse him from a rating.
PAT CUMMINS — 7
3-67, economy rate 6.70
It was a relatively quiet night for Cummins for the majority, but his final over of the night delivered his figures a healthy boost. He well and truly ended India’s night when he removed Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya on consecutive balls. His early dismissal of Mayank Agarwal helped stifle some early momentum for India, too.
Pat Cummins boosted his total with some late wickets.Source: News Corp Australia
MITCHELL STARC — 1.5
0-82, economy rate 9.11
Was once again seriously off-colour and you have to ask the question if he’s a little rattled from his first over shocker on Friday. Leaked eight runs in his first over this time around and once again struggled to recover.
“You can’t bowl that stuff. That’s buffet bowling to one of the best in the world, if not the best,” Shane Warne said at one point when Kohli belted him for six.
Making matters worse was that Starc appeared to have taken the wicket of Pandya late in the game, only for him to be called back because of a no-ball.
A night to forget.Source: Getty Images
JOSH HAZLEWOOD — 7.5
2-59, economy rate 6.55
Australia’s most dangerous quick for the second-match running. His early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan stopped some early momentum for India, while his wicket of Kohli all but wrapped up the series before others cleaned up the tail.
ADAM ZAMPA — 6.5
2-62, economy rate 6.20
While he took four wickets in game one, the leg-spinner struggled to breakthrough for the majority of game two and couldn’t trouble Kohli — something which he’s been credited for doing the past. He eventually snared a couple wickets late while he kept India quiet enough in the end through the middle overs.
Bird? Plane? Nah, Steve Smith