AUSTRALIA TOUR OF INDIA, 2023
Starc bags five as India fold for 117
by crickethighlights.one Staff • Published on Sun, Mar 19, 2023
A dominant bowling performance from Mitchell Starc, who bagged his ninth five-wicket haul, helped Australia skittle India out for 117 after Steve Smith opted to bowl in the second ODI in Vizag. Starc finished with 5 for 53 while Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis picked up the other five wickets between them as India were bowled out for their third lowest total against Australia in ODIs, with Virat Kohli (31) being the lone batter to cross 30.
Starc dismissed Shubman Gill for a duck in the opening over, having him caught at point. But India batted positively in the first few overs as the Australian pacers were slightly full, allowing Virat Kohli to play a couple of attractive drives through the off side while Rohit Sharma clipped away three fours through the leg side. Starc had struggled for rhythm initially but the wicket of Rohit, who edged to slip going for an expansive drive, pumped the left-handed pacer as he trapped Suryakumar Yadav in front with an inswinger, dismissing him for a golden duck for the second successive time.
KL Rahul and Kohli tried to steady the ship but the former became Starc’s fourth victim, again falling across to an incoming delivery to be trapped leg-before, and he also cost India a review. With a superb one-handed catch diving to his right, Smith assisted Sean Abbott in the dismissal of Hardik Pandya to leave India five down before the 10th over was completed. A 22-run partnership between Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja came to an end in the 16th over when the No.3 batter tried to play across but was out lbw for 31, leaving India reeling at 71/6.
Jadeja and Axar Patel steadied India for a while but the former, in his attempt to run an Ellis delivery down to thirdman, ended up edging to the ‘keeper as Australia continued to make inroads. Abbott, brought back into the attack, picked up the wickets of Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami off consecutive deliveries. Axar struck a couple of sixes off Starc but he was left stranded on 29 when Mohammed Siraj was bowled as India’s innings came to an end in only 26 overs.
Brief scores: India 117 in 26 overs (Virat Kohli 31, Axar Patel 29*; Mitchell Starc 5-53, Sean Abbott 3-23) vs Australia.