Australia fall short in Rajkot run chase which lead India level series

Second ODI series held in Rajkot and India avenged their Mumbai with 36 run heavy defeat of Australia leveling the series.

Tourists chastened India by taking 10 wicket win making super centuries by David Warner and Aaron Finch.

On Friday, India made score of 340 – 6 which is a challenging total contributing Shikhar Dhawan’s 96, KL Rahul’s 80 and Virat Kohli’s 78. It was a tricky chase and Australia fell down at 304 all out. On Sunday it will be a series decider in Bangalore.

12 over were left at 220-3 they were in hunt firmly but Indian bowlers gave a performance where tourists couldn’t recover from losing Steve Smith whose 98 was the most essential thing of their innings.

Smith was second victim in 38th over by Kuldeep Yadav while first was Alex Carey to bring up ODI career wickets 100.

Earlier Warner had dismissed just for 15, caught by Manish Pandey. Finch dismissed at 33 and Marnus Labuschagne made 44 in his first ODI, but the Australia hopes were taken away by Shami yorking Pat Cummins and Ashton Turner at 44th over in first two deliveries. Later Navdeep Saini and Jasprit Bumrah mopped up their tail.

Before the latter fell for 42, Dhawan and Rohit made run a ball 81 for India’s first wicket and later pegged lbw by the leg spinner Zampa.

Runs flow to 103 by Dhawan and Kohli were eventually broken and was caught at fine leg by Starc off Kane Richardson when Dhawan trying to reach three digit score with one blow.

India settled down from 134 for one to 255 all out in Mumbai. The story was completely different this time. Kohli became the second of the three victims for Zampa (3-50). Rahul injected late pace by making off his 80 from 52 balls and run out at the final over, before that cleared the rope for three times.

Dhawan taking a blow and the batting prevented him from fielding, for India on positive day.