After an embarrassing loss in the 1st ODI against Aussies in Mumbai, Indian team bounced back with an allround performance in the 2nd ODI and beat Australia by 36 runs in Rajkot. With that win, India leveled the 3 match series 1-1 and we will be witnessing a final face-off in the series decider at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
In the second ODI, Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss for the second consecutive time and decided to bowl first. Indian team were off to a flyer as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan dominated added 81 runs for the first wicket. Indian captain Virat Kohli promoted himself back at no.3 after Rohit fell on 44 runs. Both Shikhar and Virat had a brilliant partnership of 103 runs and put India on the driving seat, however, Shikhar Dhawan missed out a well deserved century by 4 runs. Indian skipper also got out on 78 runs as Indian team were approaching for a massive total. KL Rahul with his aggressive batting at the end helped team India achieve a massive total of 340 runs.
While defending the mammoth target, Indian bowlers struggled a bit at the starting as Aussie batsmen continued to dominate them. Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja took 2 crucial wickets in the form of Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuchagne and helped India to bounce back. After Smith departed on 98 runs, wickets continued to tumble and visitors fell short by 36 runs in the chase.
In the recent times, Indian cricket team has failed to dominate the opposition at home in the white ball cricket. There were expectations that India will dominate Aussies but the hosts were thrashed by the visitors in Mumbai. However, the series is now leveled 1-1 and both teams will be looking to play their best cricket in the series decider.
There have been some injury scares for team India ahead of the final face-off. Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma injured his shoulder while fielding in 2nd match of the series. It will be interesting to see whether the explosive batsman recovers before the match.
On the other hand, Australia would like to repeat the previous series victory of 2019 series against India. The last match of the series will be played on Sunday, January 19 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.