India defeated Australia in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Set 341 runs to win, Australia were bowled out for 304 in 49.1 overs. With this win, India draw level in the three-match series with one game to go. Fast-bowler Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India as he scalped three wickets, including two in one over. Apart from him, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini picked two wickets each. Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with a wicket as well. KL Rahul Pulls off MS Dhoni-Like Stumping to Send Aaron Finch Packing During IND vs AUS, 2nd ODI 2020, Twitterati Label KL Better Wicket-Keeper Than Rishabh Pant (Watch Video).
Australia’s chase began on a shaky note as Shami accounted for opener David Warner. Manish Pandey took a superb catch to send back Warner. After Warner’s dismissal, captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith then added 62 runs for the second wicket.
It was Jadeja who provided India with a breakthrough and removed Finch. Smith then found an able partner in Marnus Labuschagne and the duo added 96 runs for the third wicket. Jadeja once again struck to peg back the visitors as removed Labuschagne. Smith then held the fort and tried to take Australia close to the target. Manish Pandey Catch Video: Indian Fielder Takes Stunning One-Handed Catch To Dismiss David Warner During IND vs AUS 2nd ODI.
India then found the success as Kuldeep accounted for Alex Carey. Australia were further dented with Kuldeep removing Smith. The right-hander fell two runs short of his century. The two wickets made things difficult for Australia as the required run-rate creeped up. Australia eventually were bowled out in 49.1 overs.
Here Are Some Stat Highlights from India vs Australia 2nd ODI 2020
# Kuldeep Yadav became the fastest Indian spinner to complete 100 ODI wickets.
# Kuldeep Yadav is also the third-fastest spinner overall to reach 100 wickets in ODIs.
# KL Rahul became the third-fastest Indian batsman to reach 1000 ODI runs.
# Adam Zampa became the first spinner to dismiss Virat Kohli five times in ODIs.
# India now have most (18) totals in excess of 300 against Australia in ODIs.
# Mitchell Starc conceded 78 runs in this match, his second-most expensive figures in ODIs.
# 644 (India 340 + Australia 304) is the most runs in an ODI in India without an individual 100.
Earlier, batting first India posted 340 for six in their allotted 50 overs. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored 96 while Virat Kohli made a significant contribution of 78 runs. KL Rahul provided India with the final impetus as he slammed 80 off just 52 balls. The third ODI will now take place on Sunday, January 19, in Bengaluru.