IND vs AUS 2nd ODI: Australia finished on a high note, set 390-run target for India

India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Australian batsmen once again shows their intent and put a mammoth target for India on the back of Steve Smith's brilliant century at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Team India needs something extraordinary to stay alive in the series. 

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Nov 29, 2020 13:57 IST
IND vs AUS 2nd ODI: Australia finished on a high note, set 390-run target for India
IND vs AUS: Australia set 390-run target for India

IND vs AUS 2nd ODI: Australian batsmen once again shows class and temperament and put a mammoth target for India and finished its inning on a high note. Everything was similar to the first ODI, starting with a massive opening stand between Warner and Finch. After that, Steve Smith notched a scintillating century, smashes 104 off just 62 balls while Team India gives many chances to the Aussies batsmen, and drops a couple of catches as well on the field. Australia set a 390-run target for India in a must-win game to remain alive in the series. Now Virat's Men in Blue needs something extraordinary to stay alive in the series. 

Aaron Finch and David Warner got to their respective fifties and added a 142-run partnership for the first wicket. Smith hits the third fastest century for Australia. Labuschange played run-a-ball top knock and add another 100+ partnership with Maxwell. Maxwell quickfire 63 off 29 give finishing touches to the innings. Australia finished their respective inning to a mammoth total of 389/4 in 50 overs. For India, Bumrah, Hardik, and Shami picked up 1-1 wicket each.

It is the first time in 978-match ODI history, India has conceded 100+ opening partnerships in three consecutive matches. Also, it is the second time in history when the top-five batsmen score more than 50 runs each. India failed to pick a wicket in the powerplay and that set the platform for the carnage to come.

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It is the second time in history when India has conceded 350+ in successive ODIs - 374/6 in 1st ODI and 374/4 so far today. The previous instance came against England in Jan 2017 - 350/7 in Pune and 366/8 in Cuttack. Interestingly, India had won both of the matches.