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Australia vs India, 2nd ODI match report ; We’ve not done a lot wrong, Australia played better: KL Rahul (Video)


SYDNEY, 29 November 2020: Steve Smith scored a ton as Australia beat India by 51 runs in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday (29 November 2020)

Needing 390 runs to win, India needed a solid start in the chase and Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal provided the team with one. The pair put up a 58-run stand but departed in quick succession. While Josh Hazlewood dismissed Dhawan for 30 in the eighth over, Pat Cummins had Agarwal caught behind the wickets in the ninth over.

Skipper Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer did a fine rebuilding job and kept the team in the hunt. The two kept the scorecard ticking, playing some attractive strokes, and took India past 150 in the 23rd over. The same over also saw Kohli bringing in up 59th ODI fifty.

However, the pair’s 92-run stand was broken as Smith took a stunning catch off Moises Henriques’ bowling to dismiss Iyer.

Kohli was then joined by KL Rahul in the middle. They completed a fifty-run stand in the 32nd over and in that process, took India past the 200-run mark.

However, Australia broke the partnership as Hazlewood got Kohli out for 89 after Henriques took a fine catch at mid-wicket.

While Rahul and Hardik Pandya added 63 runs together, Adam Zampa got Rahul out after the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman scored a well-compiled 76.

Although Ravindra Jadeja creamed a couple of sixes, he and Hardik got out in the 47th over before Australia registered a 51-run win to take an unassailable lead in the three-match ODI series.

Earlier, Steve Smith scored second hundred in a row while David Warner, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell scored fifties as Australia posted 389/4 on the board after electing to bat.

Australia made one change to their side as Moises Henriques replaced an injured Marcus Stoinis.

The Warner-Finch duo took off from where they had left in the first game as the two completed a fifty-run stand in the eighth over. Three overs later, Warner brought up his second successive fifty as Australia moved past 70.

Warner and Finch completed their second hundred-run stand in a row in the 16th over before. While India bowled a few tight overs, Finch, Australian skipper brought up his second fifty-plus score of the series in the 21st over.

India were looking for a breakthrough and Mohammad Shami provided them with one as he dismissed Finch for 60 in the 23rd over. Three overs later, Shreyas Iyer’s fielding brilliance gave India their second wicket as his direct hit from deep caught David Warner short of his crease.

Smith was then joined by Labuschagne in the middle and the two built onto the solid platform provided by Warner and Finch.

Smith moved past fifty in the 34th over and the pair continued to keep the scorecard ticking to complete a hundred-run stand before Smith hit three fours to take Australia past 270 after 40 overs.

In the next over, Smith completed his second ton of the series before being dismissed for 104 by Hardik Pandya in the 42nd over. In the 44th over Labuschagne got a life before he brought up his fifty soon after Australia completed 300.

The Labuschagne-Maxwell duo drove Australia past the 350-run mark in the 47th over. While Labuschagne got out in the penultimate over following his 80-run stand with Maxwell, the latter completed his fifty and remained not out on 63 off 29 balls to take Australia to 389/4.

Brief Scores: Australia 389/4 (Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83; Hardik Pandya 1/24) beat India 338/9 (Virat Kohli 89, KL Rahul 76; Pat Cummins 3/67) by 51 runs
Source- BCCI

The Indian vice-captain reflected on the loss in the 2nd ODI against Australia and mentioned that the series is a learning curve for the bowlers.


Steve Smith to lead Qantas tour of Sri Lanka test squad


By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 24 May: Cricket Australia has announced a 15-man Test squad ahead of the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka due to take place from July this year. New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques will return to the squad for the first time since 2013. Henriques, 29, played his only three Tests to date for Australia on the 2013 tour of India.

Moises was named earlier this month in the Australia ‘A’ squad for the Quadrangular Series this winter in Queensland in August and September, but will now move to national duties.

Australia will embark on its first Test tour since ascending to the No.1 ranking earlier this year in the wake of its 2-0 series win over New Zealand in New Zealand.

Victorian paceman James Pattinson is unavailable for this tour due to a recurrence of stress fractures in his back.

Cricket Australia Physiotherapist David Beakley said: “James experienced lower back pain during the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch and was given some time to rest. Unfortunately his back pain continued during this time and after further investigation it confirmed that he has had a recurrence of a back stress fracture.

James will continue to spend the winter recovering from this injury, at which point we hope to have a clearer view of timelines for his return to play.”

Also missing from the squad is Peter Siddle (back) and Chadd Sayers, with Henriques, left-arm spinner Stephen O’Keefe and WA quick Nathan Coulter-Nile coming into the expanded 15-man squad.

O’Keefe, 31, returns to the squad after playing in the Commonwealth Bank Series against the West Indies in Sydney at the start of the year.

Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka Test Squad

Steve Smith (c) (NSW)

David Warner (v-c) (NSW)

Jackson Bird (TAS)

Joe Burns (QLD)

Nathan Coulter-Nile (WA)

Josh Hazlewood (NSW)

Moises Henriques (NSW)

Usman Khawaja (QLD)

Nathan Lyon (NSW)

Mitchell Marsh (WA)

Shaun Marsh (WA)

Peter Nevill (NSW)

Stephen O’Keefe (NSW)

Mitchell Starc (NSW)

Adam Voges (WA)

Coach: Darren Lehmann

Commenting on the Test squad National Selector Rod Marsh said: “This squad has proven experience in sub-continental conditions.

“Henriques comes into the squad to give the flexibility of an additional all-rounder option, having already shown he plays and adapts well to spin-friendly conditions. He has been working hard with his fitness and we believe he is in prime condition to serve us well should he be selected to play.

“Jackson Bird and Nathan Coulter-Nile join the squad and will give us good control and pace. Jackson had an impressive Sheffield Shield season and showed skill with reverse swing in the last Test match in New Zealand earlier this year. He’s playing in England at the moment and we’re confident this will build his skills to assist the squad if he is selected in Sri Lanka.

“Stephen O’Keefe will complement Nathan Lyon and plays an important role in the subcontinent if he’s selected in the final XI. We know his ability, he takes wickets continually in first class cricket and he impresses when we select him to play Test cricket.”

The Australia ODI and T20I squads will be announced in due course.

Australia will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 internationals against Sri Lanka. To view the full schedule for the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka click www.cricket.com.au.

- SAT News Service.