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IND vs AUS 2nd ODI LIVE SCORE: All hopes lost for India as Hardik Pandya departs

IND vs AUS 2nd ODI: Australia secured the series by beating India by 51 runs in 2nd ODI in Sydney. Electing to bat, Australia posted a formidable 389/4. Top batsman Steve Smith struck his second successive hundred of the series for the home side.

Australia beat India in 2nd ODI to seal ODI Series: Australia buried India under an avalanche of runs for a 51-run drubbing in the second ODI and an unassailable 2-0 series lead after the majestic Steve Smith produced another master-class in the form of a 64-ball 104 here on Sunday.

Batting first, Australia rode on five fifty-plus scores including Smith’s blazing knock, to post an imposing 389 for four against a sluggish India.

This was the Australian run-machine’s fifth century against India in the 50-over format and second on the trot after his ton in the series-opener, which came off 66 deliveries.

A target of 390 proved to be too much for India as they were stopped at 338 for nine, with captain Virat Kohli (89) and KL Rahul (76) finishing as their main contributors in what turned out to be another forgettable outing for the beleaguered visitors.

India started the big chase in earnest with the in-from Shikhar Dhawan (30) and Mayank Agarwal (28) dealing in boundaries from the onset.

If Agarwal found the fence twice in the first over, Dhawan struck Mitchell Starc for three successive fours to get the Indian innings going.

A magnificent cover drive by Agarwal took the visitors past 50 in 6.1 overs. However, in trying to go for one too many, Dhawan perished.

In came Kohli and as he has mostly done through his illustrious career, the Indian captain played some delightful shots on the way to his 87-ball innings to keep the visitors in with a chance.

During his stay in the middle, Kohli pulled, drove, flicked and cut with plenty of success as India tried to keep the required rate within 9-10 runs per over.

But pacer Josh Hazlewood provided Australia their biggest breakthrough when he had Kohli caught brilliantly by a diving Moises Henriques at midwicket.

That brought Hardik Pandya in the middle and the all-rounder, in the company of KL Rahul, played some big shots. But they were never going to be enough.

Rahul departed after striking five sixes and four boundaries in his 66-ball knock. India completely lost the plot after that.

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins picked up 3/67 in his 10 overs.

Besides Smith’s 104-run knock, swashbuckling opener David Warner smashed 83 off 77 while skipper Aaron Finch contributed 60 in a first-wicket stand of 142 in under 23 overs.

The duo of Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell continued the onslaught to propel Australia to a humongous score in what was a must-win game for the visitors. Labuschagne made 70 and the big-hitting Maxwell blazed away to 63 off 29 balls with the help of four sixes and as many fours.

Earlier, during his stay in the middle, Smith hit 14 boundaries and two sixes while Warner found the fence seven times and cleared it thrice before missing out on what would have been a well-deserved ton, thanks to a fine direct throw from the deep by Shreyas Iyer.

In his trademark unconventional manner, Smith played shots all round the wicket to torment the Indian bowlers.

To dislodge Smith, India needed Pandya to bowl for the first time since returning from a back surgery more than a year ago, and he did the trick in his third over, luring the imperious Australian to slash one straight into Mohammed Shami.

Before that, Warner got the Australian innings underway with a boundary through the point region off Shami in the first over.

The manner in which he leaned back to place the short and wide fourth delivery on the off side showed Warner’s intent.

Coming off an expensive outing in the series-opener, lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah started with a maiden and generated good pace off a wicket with a decent grass cover. But he soon lost his rhythm as the Australians found theirs after a slow start.

Finch found his first boundary of the day when he comfortably flicked Bumrah over the backward square leg region, even as the bowler clocked 146-147 on the speed gun.

The Young Navdeep Saini was brought on early and Warner welcomed him with a six over the square leg boundary, whacking his short first delivery with aplomb.

Taking full advantage of Saini’s inexperience in these conditions, Warner collected two boundaries off him before giving the same treatment to Shami in the innings’ eighth over, as Australia reached 50 in another solid start for the home team.

Australia maintained the momentum through the innings as the Indian bowlers toiled on a hot, sunny day.

Full Highlights here:

Virat Kohli: Completely outplayed. I think with the ball we were not that effective. Didn’t hit the areas we wanted to consistently. They’ve got a strong batting lineup and know the angles. Their total was a bit too steep, if you see we got 340 and still lost by 51 runs. With the areas they bowled, they were in a position to create chances and with those chances taken, they were on top. (on Hardik bowling) I think he gave away a bit of a bowling plan on this pitch, a lot of them bowled cutters (smiles). His bowling was out of nowhere I just asked him. KL and I thought even 100 in the last ten overs with Hardik to come was achievable. If KL and me had stuck around till the 40th over, we could have put them under pressure. The wicket was beautiful to bat on.

Steve Smith is Man of the Match again: Another great foundation set by Finchy and Davey. Let me go hard at the back end. The last two games, the boys have got us off to terrific starts. We know India have a good batting line-up so we needed big totals. I tried to whack the ball too hard in the IPL but I’ve started hitting it with more finesse I should say, which is working for me. Nice to score some runs again for the team and get us to a good total. I thought the boys were outstanding in the field as well.

17:05 Cummins to Pandya, OUT

Two in two for Cummins. Caught at long-off this time. Length ball outside off, he was giving himself some room and tried to crash it through the offside but got it only off the toe-end. Straight to the fielder.

17:00 India need 69 in 24 balls

Partnership: 31(15)Last Wkt: KL Rahul c Hazlewood b Zampa 76(66) – 288/5 in 43.4 ov.Last 5 overs: 59 runs, 1 wktsToss: Australia (Batting)16:52: After 45 overs, 303/5

Zampa is bowling to a batting line-up under huge pressure of a steep asking rate. Chahal has come into bowl with the top order set and firing. That makes a difference in how you approach your bowling too, and in how you bowl.

16:49: Zampa to Rahul, OUT

And he’s finally caught. Hazlewood at short third man has a very easy take. After being nearly caught for two balls in a row, Rahul goes off the third, a routine top edge lobbing up to the fielder. Was swiping across the line again but this was nicely flighted and dipped, got the bounce too which ended up taking the top edge

16:39: KL Rahul brings up 50

KL Rahul smokes one over the rope to bring up his 50! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/TKG5Vl2ocG

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2020

16:20: After 39 overs, 254/4

These 2 still keeping the asking rate insight. Albeit far away near the horizon. They have to stay till the end for India to stand a remote chance even

16:14: After 36 overs, 229/4

India needs 161 runs in 84 deliveries and it is now this pair of Rahul and Hardik.

16:08: Hazlewood, Kohli Out!

Moises Henriques pulls off a stunner and Australia have removed the big fish! Kohli OUT for 89(87) Hazlewood has dismissed Kohli in the last three innings they played against each other!

That’s a screamer!

Welcome back, Moises Henriques! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/fHivd8IIc2

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2020

15:54: Drinks That’s drinks. India still in this. This pair obviously need to go deep.

Overs 28-30: 10 runsOvers 31-33: 28 runs

The partnership between Kohli and Rahul — 61(58)

India: 214/3, need 176 runs in 17 overs. #AUSvIND

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