Sydney, November 29: After a 66-run thrashing on Friday (November 27), Team India look to bounce back when they lock horns with Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Sunday (November 29).
India’s battered bowling unit will have little time to regroup and limited resources at its disposal in a desperate bid to perform a redemption act and save the ODI series.
While Australia’s all-rounders stepped up in the first encounter, India didn’t have any to show for as Hardik Pandya, who fired with the bat didn’t bowl and is not expected to anytime soon. So, Virat Kohli’s team will definitely need to rethink about how they find a bowling option.
Without the sixth bowling option, team India persisted with the five available although they were taken to the cleaners by the Aussie batting. So, how will Kohli and co find the balance as they aim to level the series?
Here myKhel brings the live updates of India vs Australia, Second ODI:
Chahal bowls another tight over as he concedes just two singles from it. And it’s time for a drinks break in Sydney. Australia – 95/0 in 15 overs.
SAFE! Warenr’s dive saves him from being run out. Australia – 93/0 in 14.1 overs.
FOUR! Second boundary of the over as Finch drives Bumrah through the covers. Australia – 93/0 in 14 overs.
FOUR! Bumrah returns to the attack and Finch pulls him for a boundary.
Chahal bowls a tight over as he concedes just four singles from it. Australia – 81/ 0 in 13 overs. Warner 53* and Finch 24* are at the crease.
FOUR! Finch’s top edge off Saini sails over Rahul to the fine leg area for a boundary to end the over. Australia – 77/0 in 12 overs.
50 up for Warner off 39 balls. His second successive fifty in the ODI series. Australia – 71/0 in 11 overs.
FOUR! Warner closes in on successive 50 as he cuts Chahal past covers for a boundary.
SIX! Warner slogs Chahal into the mid-wicket stands for the second maximum of the match.
Time for spin as Kohli brings on Chahal as India look to break this once again threatening Australian opening partnership.
PHEW! Good comeback from Saini as his yorker to Warner just about evades the off stump. Australia – 58/0 in 10 overs.
FOUR! Finch skips down the wicket and lofts Saini over extra covers for his second boundary of the match. Both the Aussie openers have targeted the young Indian paceman, who has conceded 25 runs into his third over.
A tight over from Bumrah and it’s only him and Shami, who have kept the Aussies in check so far. Australia – 52/0 in 9 overs.
Kohli brings back Bumrah to replace Saini from the other end.
Back-to-back fours! And it brings up the 50 for Australia as Warner cuts Shami for a second boundary to end the over. Australia – 50/0 in 8 overs.
FOUR! After a tight over, Warner finds a boundary as he pulls Shami through mid wicket for his fourth four of the match.
Saini is once again costly as he concedes 12 runs from his second over. Australia – 41/0 in 7 overs.
FOUR! FOUR! Warner hits Saini straight down the ground for the first boundary of the over and two deliveries later he drives one through covers for another boundary.
Change of ends for Shami and he bowls a very quick and tight over. Australia – 29/0 in 6 overs.
Despite a six of the first delivery of the over, nine runs come off Saini’s first over. Australia – 27/0 in 5 overs. Warner 18* and Finch 8* are at the crease for the hosts.
SIX! Navdeep Saini is welcomed into the attack with the first maximum of the match as Warner pulls him off the first delivery of the fifth over.
FOUR! Finch flicks Bumrah towards the deep square leg area for his first boundary of the match. Eight runs come off Bumrah’s second over. AUstralia – 18/0 in 4 overs.
CHANCE! Finch chips Bumrah just above Kohli at short mid-wicket. The wicket certainly looks quicker than the first ODI.
6 runs come off Shami’s second over, which saw Warner pull one in the air and slash hard to edge one past the first slip. Australia – 10/0 in 3 overs.
In the air! But safe as Warner is surprised by a quick bouncer from Shami. The Australian pair, who did a lot of running in the first ODI, run a double.
Good start from Bumrah as he bowls a maiden over. Australia – 4/0 in 2 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah shares the new ball with Mohammed Shami and he bowls to Australia skipper Finch.
Despite conceding a boundary, Shami gives just four runs from the first over. Australia – 4/0 in 1 over.
FOUR! Warner off the mark with a boundary as he cuts Shami. Australia – 4/0 in 0.3 overs.
David Warner and Aaron Finch open the batting for Australia, while Mohammed Shami takes the new ball for India.
And here is how India line-up: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Here is Australia’s Playing XI: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Team India are unchanged from the first ODI. So, Chahal and Saini have passed the fitness test.
As for team news, Australia replace injured Marcus Stoinis with Moises Henriques. Finch said: “We are going to bat. Stoinis is out, a little bit of niggle. Moises Henriques replaces him. It’s the overs he can give us. The wicket can get slower as the game goes on.”
Australia skipper Aaron Finch wins the toss elects to bat first against India.
Pitch report: Glenn McGrath says there is still some covering of green and he feels it’ll be quicker. Kuldeep Yadav was seen inspecting the pitch. So, will he be included? Lets find out at the toss.
Going by how the first match turned out, the team batting first will have an advantage only if they score very big on this wicket. So, what will the captains choose? Let’s find out at the toss, which is just minutes away now.
Also a worry for India is a bit of injury concern on pacer Navdeep Saini. If he isn’t fit, then T Natarjan may make his India debut. The team news and combinations will be clear at the toss, which is just under a hour away now.
India also have fitness concerns of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who had to leave the field after completing his quota of 10 overs in the first ODI. If he is not fit to play, then India have Kuldeep Yadav to call upon.
With Hardik Pandya playing as a pure batsman, India could think of bringing in a bowler for a batsman to fill the void of the sixth bowling option. Or they could just switch one of the pacers for a spin bowling option especially due to the game being played on the same strip as the first ODI.
The home side also may be forced into a change as all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is a major doubt for the match after being helped out during the first ODI. But, unlike India, the Aussies have many options like Cameron Green, Sean Abbott and Ashton Agar to bring in for the injured Stoinis.
After suffering a 66-run loss in the first ODI, Virat Kohli and co will need to bounce back quickly to keep the ODI series alive. But, without a pace bowling all-rounder in the squad, how will they find a sixth bowling option?
Welcome to myKhel’s live updates of India vs Australia, 2nd ODI in Sydney, which is scheduled to start at 9.10 AM IST.
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