India has secured an ODI series victory after comprehensively defeating Australia by 99 runs (DLS Method) in Sunday’s rain-affected contest at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.
Shubman Gill (104 off 97 balls) and Shreyas Iyer (105 off 90 balls) combined for a ferocious 200-run partnership to steer the hosts towards 5-399, India’s highest ODI total against Australia.
In response, Australia was rolled for 217 in 28.2 overs, with some late heroics from Sean Abbott (54 from 36 balls) ensuring the tourists avoided its heaviest defeat against India in ODI history.
The pitiful run chase was headlined by peculiar dismissals and lethargic batting, with Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja each snaring three wickets.
It was Australia’s fifth consecutive ODI defeat, giving Pat Cummins’ men plenty to ponder ahead of next month’s World Cup campaign. Meanwhile, India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, which continues on Wednesday evening.
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“World Cups are about peaking at the right time, and we certainly haven’t done that at this stage,” Australian stand-in captain Steve Smith said in the post-match presentation.
“We know we’re a good side, so hopefully we can turn it around in the next one.”
Smith won the toss and elected to field first, with Josh Hazlewood snaring an early breakthrough in the fourth over by removing Indian opener Ruturaj Gaikwad for 8. The Bendemeer Bullet produced a peach that found Gaikwad’s outside edge, and wicketkeeper Alex Carey swallowed the catch.
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India raced towards 1-79 before rain intervened in the tenth over, and Gill didn’t waste any time after the brief delay, reaching his half-century in just 37 deliveries.
Gill and Iyer took advantage of the short boundaries and lifeless wicket, collectively clearing the rope seven times throughout their brutal onslaught.
Iyer, later named player of the match, brought up his third ODI hundred in only 86 balls, but was handed a massive reprieve a couple of deliveries later. Abbott seemingly held onto a superb return catch in the 31st over, but replays showed the ball made contact with the ground following his diving effort.
However, Iyer couldn’t make the most of his extra life in the middle, caught by Matthew Short at deep mid-wicket later in the same over.
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A few minutes later, Gill saluted the Indore crowd to recognise his sixth ODI hundred, reaching the milestone in 92 balls, but the 24-year-old was back in the sheds after top-edging a length delivery against Cameron Green.
Ishan Kishan slapped his first delivery over fine leg for six, combining with captain KL Rahul for a 59-run partnership for the third wicket. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa broke the stand, removing Kishan for 31 (18) after Carey sprinted towards mid-on to claim the high chance.
However, Kishan’s departure only brought Suryakumar Yadav to the crease, and the white-ball superstar slapped four consecutive sixes against Green to send the Indore crowd into a frenzy.
Rahul reached his half-century in just 35 balls before falling victim to Green, bowled leg stump for 52 (38). Yadav brought up his own fifty a couple of overs later, but only needed 24 deliveries to pass the minor milestone.
A late blitz from Yadav, who finished unbeaten on 72 (37) with six boundaries and six sixes, steered India towards the record-breaking total.
Australia’s run chase got off to a horror start, with Indian seamer Prasidh Krishna removing opener Matthew Short and Smith on back-to-back deliveries in the second over. Short was caught at deep third man for 9 (8) before Smith edged a cut shot towards first slip for a golden duck, his first in international cricket since January 2017.
The dreaded rain returned in the ninth over, with Australia’s target adjusted to 317 in 33 overs via the DLS Method.
Veteran opener David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne combined for an 80-run partnership for the third wicket before Ashwin deceived the Queenslander with a gorgeous carrom ball, bowled for 27 (31).
Warner brought up his half-century in 38 deliveries, courtesy of some sloppy overthrows, before switching to a right-handed stance while facing Ashwin. However, in bizarre scenes, the 36-year-old was given out LBW after botching a switch hit against the off-spinner, with replays showing he had edged the ball onto his pad.
Later in the same over, Ashwin trapped a sweeping Josh Inglis on the pads with another carrom ball, leaving the Australians in dire straits.
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The carnage was far from over – wicketkeeper Alex Carey chopped back onto his stumps for 14 (12), handing Ravindra Jadeja his first wicket of the match, before Green was run out for 19 (13) after lazily neglecting to slide his bat for a quick single.
Zampa was clean bowled by Jadeja for 5 (5) before Abbott and Hazlewood provided some late fireworks, combining for a 77-run partnership for the ninth wicket, which featured a couple of horrific dropped catches.
Abbott brought up a half-century, his first at international level, and Hazlewood equalled his career-best ODI score (23 from 16 balls) before Jadeja cleaned up the tail.
Earlier, Spencer Johnson received his maiden cap from Mitchell Starc, becoming the 243rd cricketer to represent Australia in men’s ODIs. The visitors made four changes to its starting XI ahead of the second ODI, with captain Pat Cummins and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh rested for the Indore contest.
The third ODI between India and Australia gets underway at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday, with the first ball scheduled for 6pm AEST.