2nd ODI: Starc’s five-for, Marsh-Head blitz hand Australia 10-wicket win over India
Visakhapatnam, March 19: Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head scored blistering fifties after fiery pacer Mitchell Starc wreaked havoc as Australia cruised to a resounding 10-wicket win against India in the second one-day international (ODI) in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Starc led an inspired pace attack with a five-wicket haul to help Australia bowl India out for a paltry 117. This was India’s third-lowest total against Australia.
Chasing India’s 117, openers Marsh and Head made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack and helped Australia romp home in just 11 overs.
India had won the opening ODI by 5 wickets.
With Australia winning the second ODI, the three-match ODI series is now locked at 1-1.
The third and final ODI will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
A ferocious Mitchell Marsh cracked an unbeaten 66 in 36 balls — a knock that included six sixes — while Travis Head made 51 not out to get the tourists over the finish line.
Earlier, Starc rattled India when he struck in the first over of the match, sending back Shubman Gill for a duck after Australia’s decision to bowl first.
The Indian innings lasted just 26 overs after overnight rain helped the fast bowlers with swing and seam.
Two successive strikes from Starc to get returning skipper Rohit Sharma for 13 and then Suryakumar Yadav, out for a second straight first-ball duck, pushed India onto the back foot.
KL Rahul played out the hat-trick ball but lasted for just 11 more deliveries before falling leg before wicket to Starc, who returned figures of 4-31 in his first spell of six overs.
Skipper Steve Smith took a stunning one-handed catch at first slip to dismiss Hardik Pandya for one off the bowling of Sean Abbott, who took three wickets.
Smith went full stretch to his right and was airborne when he took the catch off an edge from Pandya, setting social media abuzz with praise for his “superman” effort.
Virat Kohli attempted to hit back for India with a score of 31 that included four boundaries before he was trapped in front by Nathan Ellis.
Wickets kept tumbling and the departure of Ravindra Jadeja, the hero from Friday’s first match in Mumbai, for 16 off the bowling of Ellis added to India’s woes.
Starc wrapped up the innings with his ninth ODI five-wicket haul. Axar Patel, who came into the team in place of Shardul Thakur, was unbeaten on 29 after hitting two sixes.
(ToI With inputs from AFP)