Australia suffered a big blow as India swept to a convincing 99-run victory in the second ODI to wrap up the three-match series. Australian captain Steve Smith has been forced to be open about his team’s performance and chances at the 2017 ICC Cricket World Cup in October as a result of this demoralizing setback.
Australia’s Struggle Go On with Steve Smith
Due to their recent unfavorable performance, Australia has lost five games in a row heading into the World Cup. Steve Smith noted that his team has to improve in certain key areas during the post-game presentation. He acknowledged that the squad hasn’t yet reached its potential despite his belief in their ability.
“This place seemed like an excellent wicket when we first arrived. India deserves praise for their excellent batting…On that, 400 was always difficult. I’ve seen games played here previously, and it seemed suitable for pursuing. We weren’t really close. Well, we have now suffered several losses in a succession…The World Cup is about reaching your best at the appropriate moment, and as of right now, we haven’t. a few issues to resolve. We are aware of our virtues. Both sides aim to win games while preparing for the World Cup” According to Smith in a post-game presentation.
India’s Victory in the IND vs. AUS Match
India’s dominant showing with both the bat and the ball led to their resounding triumph. A powerful 200-run partnership for the second wicket between Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer paved the way for an intimidating total. KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan all made contributions that helped India reach a strong 399/5 in their 50 overs.
Steve Smith and Australia Pursuing a Difficult Goal
Prior to rain momentarily stopping play, Australia was reeling at 9/2 in its chase of a 400-run mark. The new aim was 317 runs in 33 overs when play restarted. Although an 80-run partnership between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne helped to steady the batting, the wickets kept falling, putting Australia at 140/8 in trouble.
The crowd was entertained by a late comeback from Sean Abbott and Josh Hazlewood. Australia was finally bowled out for 217 in 28.2 overs, suffering a 99-run loss. Their blistering 77-run partnership was filled with fours and sixes. However, it was not enough to turn the tide.
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