Australia and India meet in the 2nd ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. India suffered defeat in the 1st ODI after their bowling came under huge pressure on a flat pitch. It was a very high scoring match and we could see another tsunami of runs at the same venue.
Australia won the 1st ODI against India by 66 runs after a magnificent batting effort at the SCG.
David Warner and Aaron Finch put on a superb opening partnership of 156 runs. Warner was dismissed for 69 runs before Steven Smith and Aaron Finch continued the fine work. When Finch was eventually dismissed the score was on 264 and Australian the captain had scored 114 runs.
Smith later brought up a blistering century himself before being dismissed for 105 off 66 balls. The Aussies totaled 374, a formidable score on any ground.
The bowlers weren’t brilliant but they did enough to restrict India to 308 runs in their 50 overs.
Australia Team News
Australia will likely go with the same line-up in the hope of securing a series win. Once that is done then the 3rd ODI could be the one where the selectors give the youngsters a run.
India put in a disappointing bowling effort in the 1st ODI in Sydney as they allowed Australia to score a mammoth 374 runs.
With a very strong batting line-up India were always in the match. Shikhar Dhawan scored 74 runs at the top of the innings but Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul failed to support him. It was left to Hardik Pandya coming in down the order to put some pressure on the Aussies.
Pandya scored 90 runs off 76 balls but his dismissal brought an end to India’s chances. In the end the tail limped to 308 runs. India will certainly hope their bowlers can produce a better performance on Sunday.
India Team News
Mayank Agarwal didn’t perform in the opening batsman birth in the absence of Rohit Sharma which means KL Rahul could be promoted up the order. India may opt for an extra bowler in that scenario.
Australia vs India Head to Head
Australia and India have won three matches apiece in their last six ODI matches. The last match ended in a 66-run win for Australia at the SCG – that was the 1st ODI of this series.
Australia vs India Odds
Australia are favourites to win at $1.53 with India paying $2.50.
David Warner is valued at $3.75 to be Australia’s best batsman while Virat Kohli offers odds of $3.20 in the same market for India.
Australia vs India Match Up
India struggled on the bowling front in the 1st ODI after picking a team with only five bowlers. They may have to sacrifice a batsman in the 2nd ODI with Australian conditions necessitating more versatility on the bowling front.
Both teams batted superbly in the 1st ODI and more runs can be expected on a flat SCG pitch this time around.
Australia vs India Stats
- Australia’s Aaron Finch scored 114 runs in the 1st ODI.
- Australia’s Steven Smith scored 105 runs in the 1st ODI.
- Australia beat India in the 1st ODI of the series.
- India’s Shikhar Dhawan scored 76 runs in the 1st ODI.