India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Hours ahead of India vs Australia match in Rajkot, former England skipper Michael Vaughan said that the Virat Kohli-led team lacks power in the engine room, referring to the middle-order in the ODI format that collapsed during the first ODI at the Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, January 14.
Vaughan took to his Twitter, also saying that India have underachieved in the past two World Cups. India faced the World Cup exit in July 2019 when New Zealand outclassed the Men in Blue after managing to remove the top order quickly. It was followed by India’s middle-order collapse. The Kiwis won the match by 18 runs. Vaughan, though said, that India have more than three years to strengthen the line-up and perform in the upcoming World Cup.
About the second ODI in Rajkot, the former English captain said that it would be interesting to see how India respond after facing a humiliating loss at the hands of Aaron Finch’s team. The Aussies won the first match by 10 wickets, their biggest win against Kohli and Co in terms of wickets.
In Mumbai, both openers David Warner and Finch struck tons. Warner scored 128 while Finch made 110. Marnus Labuscgnage, who made ODI debut in the same match did not require to bat. Australia also fared well in the bowling department. India will be using all its efforts to level the three-match series 1-1. While Finch-led side will be eyeing to take an unassailable lead.
Meanwhile, the third ODI will be played at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday, January 19. After the series, India will tour New Zealand.
India playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav.
Australia playing XI: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.