Starc earns five while India loses for 117

Starc earns five while India loses for 117

Starc earns five while India loses for 117

In the second ODI in Visakhapatnam, Mitchell Starc's powerful bowling performance—which resulted in his ninth five-wicket haul—helped Australia dismiss India for 117 after Steve Smith choose to bowl. As India was knocked out for their third lowest total against Australia in ODIs, Virat Kohli (31) was the only batter to score above 30. Starc finished with 5 for 53, while Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis shared the other five wickets.

Shubman Gill was caught at point by Starc in the first over, and he was out for a duck. However, India batted well in the opening few overs thanks to the Australian pacers' slightly full delivery, which allowed Virat Kohli to play a couple of lovely drives through the off side and Rohit Sharma to rip three fours through the leg side. The wicket of Rohit, who edged to slip going for a wide drive, gave the left-handed bowler Starc some much-needed momentum. Starc then caught Suryakumar Yadav in front with an inswinger, dismissing him for a golden duck for the second time in a row.

KL Rahul and Kohli attempted to right the ship, but the former ended up becoming Starc's fourth victim when he once more fell across to an oncoming pitch and was caught leg-before, costing India a review. Before the 10th over was through, Smith helped Sean Abbott dismiss Hardik Pandya by taking an outstanding one-handed catch diving to his right. This left India five down. As the No. 3 hitter attempted to play across but was out lbw for 31, ending a 22-run partnership between Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in the 16th over, India was in trouble at 71/6.

For a time, Jadeja and Axar Patel kept India in check, but when Australia made progress, the former ended up edging to the keeper in an attempt to run an Ellis delivery down to thirdman. After being reinserted into the attack, Abbott dismissed Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav in quick succession. Axar hit a few sixes against Starc, but after Mohammed Siraj was bowled, he was left stranded on 29, ending India's innings in just 26 overs.


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