2nd ODI: Starc’s five-fer, fifties from Marsh, Head power Australia to series-levelling victory

Visakhapatnam, March 19, Mitchell Marsh and Travis Hyde’s brilliant batting, plus Mitchell Stark’s ninth five-run strike, helped Australia took the series win by beating India by ten runs in the second ODI. The YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA cricket ground is here on Sunday.

After Starc, who picked a wicket in Mumbai’s first ODI, again produced another stunning early swing bowling display to pass the top order before taking out Mohammed Siraj to finish 5-53 , who beat India by 117 runs, Marsh and Head beat the Indian bowlers around the park to chase the total with 39 balls.

The result means the series score is now 1-1, with the series tiebreaker set to be played in Chennai on Wednesday. For India, who lost four wickets in a power game for the first time since their 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, it was a very disappointing match in all divisions of the game.

Four batsmen were knocked down by ducks as India’s total at home fell to the fourth-lowest. With the ball, they were thrashed by Marsh and Hyde, with Australia thrashing them in every way.

In the chase for 118, Hyde and Marsh were able to give Australia a strong start. Marsh picked up where he left off in Mumbai’s first ODI in Mumbai when Head clipped from Siraj in the second over and played a four.

He first slammed Mohammad Shami between a screen and a four-pointer, then made a 3-pointer. On the second four of the fourth quarter, Hyde welcomed Siraj by stepping up to get out of cover before Hyde pulled a short ball off him with a square leg.

Marsh continued his dominance, flicking, punching and pulling Shami in the fifth, hitting two fours and a six. Hyde took it to another level by pulling Siraj twice, all but four in a row and slamming as Australia reached 66/0 in the sixth over.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel’s entry in the seventh couldn’t stop Marsh, as he pulled off a drive off a four-inning cover. He then welcomed Hardik Pandya in the next over, slamming a six to the ground before hitting consecutive sixes over the deep mid-wicket and reaching his 50 in just 28 balls.

Head enjoyed a cut in Axar’s delivery and whipped short slender legs for back-to-back boundaries as the opening partnership improved its century with just 8.5 overs. Marsh welcomed Kuldeep Yadav, pulling him to the second tier, over deep mid for six runs, before Hyde returned the same area for four runs.

Hyde got his 50 off 29 balls after being thrown by the long-running Shami. Marsh completed the chase in 11 overs, four off a square kick off near Axar to complete Australia’s win over India by 234 balls.

Brief score:

India 117 in all 26 runs (Virat Kohli 31, Axar Patel 29 not out; Mitchell Starc 5-53, Sean Abbott 3-23) without a loss in 11 runs to Australia 121 (Mitchell Marsh 66 not out) , Travis Head 51) not out) ten wickets


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