About the Match
It was a repeat of the first ODI as India yet again failed to defend a 300+ total against Australia on Friday; with the series hanging by a thread for team India, the upcoming 3rd ODI at Melbourne on 17th January will be a crucial game in which they will have to excel on all fronts to stop the Aussie juggernaut. India put up a sloppy show on the field and it cost them big; on the other hand, Australia came out all guns blazing and didn’t disappoint the home crowd. The upcoming match will definitely see both sides putting up a tough contest and whichever team can use the lessons from the two previous encounters to their advantage, will emerge victorious on Sunday.
Faulkner continued to pick up wickets as he took 2 scalps while Hastings, Boland and Joel Paris contributed with a wicket each to stifle the opposition. With a target of 309 runs, Finch and Marsh joined hands to post a massive 145-run opening stand with each of them scoring 71 runs; Smith played it cool as he contributed with 46 while Bailey yet again proved his skills as a strong middle-order batsman with his unbeaten 76 that took Australia home to their second win of the series.
In the first ODI too, Aussies chased down 300+ runs successfully with Smith and Bailey posting a humungous partnership of 242 runs for the 3rd wicket. The two of them have been performing well in their roles in the middle and look good to continue with their form. The bowlers did well in the first match too with a disciplined attack and Faulkner along with Paris, Hazlewood, Hastings, Boland and Maxwell will make it difficult for the Indians to make a comeback.
Australia has taken a 2-0 lead and puts them as clear favourites to win the upcoming match and take the series; they will just have to be cautious against the wounded tigers, who have previously risen from the ashes down under.
Rohit once again scored a brilliant century but his efforts went in vain a second time as India lost the match by 7 wickets with an over to spare. Dhawan has failed to improve with the bat and must step up to his responsibilities here; Rohit partnered with Kohli and Rahane to post a well-made 124 and his unbeaten 171 in the first ODI continue to show hope for the team.
Despite a 300+ total, the bowlers continue to fail in defending against the hard-hitting Aussies; although Yadav and Ishant Sharma took a wicket each, the others couldn’t up their ante. Barinder Sran is talented and he displayed his wicket-taking abilities in the first match as he took 3-56 but wasn’t able to do the same in the second match.
Dhoni is known for his cool-natured captaincy but his recent performances show that he needs some work on his batting; Jadeja is a good all-rounder and needs to excel here with bat and ball. They have the talent and experience of playing in these conditions, which still gives them a fighting chance.
The sword hangs over India’s head and this is a do-or-die situation they must face; Australia has the lead in the series, but the second ODI wasn't as one-sided as the scoreline suggests. Melbourne will suit the Indians better than the Perth and Brisbane have. With change in conditions, we think that Indians will make it through to win and keep their hopes alive in the series