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In the three-match ODI series against Australia, Gill and Iyer’s outstanding centuries led India to the series victory. India’s victory was also significantly influenced by half a century of K.L. Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ravi Ashwin’s superb bowling performances.

How has the match moved?

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After winning the toss, Australia elected to bowl first in light of the dew factor, the pitch conditions, and prior performances. Josh Hazelwood got things going by getting rid of Ruturaj Gaikwad early. The innings were managed by Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. Both of them enjoyed pushing boundaries. The Australian bowlers were clueless. They both achieved hundreds, with Iyer scoring 105 runs and Gill scoring 104 runs.

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The team’s finishing role was then played by Kl Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. They both reached half a century. Suryakumar Yadav scored 72 runs, and Rahul scored 52. India scored 399 runs, a staggering sum.
Green claimed two wickets for Australia. Abbott, Hazelwood, and Zampa all took one wicket.

Due to the weather, the game was shortened to 33 overs, and Australia’s target score was 317 runs. Australia didn’t get off to a good start in the chase. Prasidh Krishna struck early wickets for India, dismissing Matthew Short and Steve Smith. Labuschagne and David Warner made an effort to manage the innings, but Ashwin dismissed them. Warner scored 53 runs. Then wickets continued to fall. No Australian batter was successful in getting a huge score. Sean Abbott scored a half-century.

India defeated Australia by 99 runs after bowling them out for 217 runs. Shreyas Iyer received the Man of the Match award for his outstanding century.

Some Best Performances | IND Vs AUS 2nd ODI

The following are some of the top performances from the second Odi between Australia and India:

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  1. Shreyas Iyer (105 runs)
  2. Shubman Gill (104 runs)
  3. Suryakumar Yadav (72 runs)
  4. Ravi Ashwin (3 wickets)
  5. David Warner (53 runs)
  6. Kl Rahul (52 runs)

What did captains say after the match?

Steve Smith | Australia captain: When we came here it looked like a good wicket. Credit to them, Gill and Iyer batted beautifully and took the game away from us. The way KL and Surya batted, it was briliant. After the rain, it got sticky and it started to spin. We have lost quite a few (matches) in a row, in South Africa and here. We need to sort out a few things, hopefully we turn it around in the next game. We have a few days now, we are working towards the World Cup, both the teams are. Hopefully we’ll turn it around in the last game.

KL Rahul, India captain: When I saw the wicket in the morning, I didn’t think it would spin so much. Putting 400 on the board gives you confidence. It’s not really our decision to make. Our jobs are clear. Everyone who gets picked in the XI needs to focus on their job. Everyone has gone through this; you need to keep getting better and wait for the opportunities. We have dropped a few catches, but fielding under lights is challenging physically. The coaches are doing their best to keep the guys fit. Sometimes these errors happen. The commitment is always there; we’ll learn from it, brush it off, and get better in the next game. Nothing is discussed, but the guys coming back will want to make it count. With the World Cup only a couple of weeks away, guys will want to get into it. They need to get used to the challenges; they will be keen to get back on the field.

By Rohit Dhore

Passionate cricket player and dedicated student at GHRCE, striving for excellence on and off the field.