It was another difficult day for the Indian bowlers as Australia won the second ODI by 51 runs, clinching the series in the process.
Australia won the toss in Sydney and yet again decided to bat first. And, once again, their innings was built on a strong opening stand between David Warner and their captain Aaron Finch. The pair put on 142 in just under 23 overs when Finch fell for 60, caught by Virat Kohli off a ball from Mohammed Shami. He had hit one six and 6 fours.
Three overs later, having made 83 from 77 balls, including 3 sixes and 7 fours, Warner was run out by Shreyas Iyer. But then Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne shared a partnership of 136 for the third wicket, which Smith dominated, scoring his second successive century. He eventually fell for 104, caught by Shami off a ball from Hardik Pandya, but that brought no respite for India, as it brought Glenn Maxwell to the crease. He smashed as unbeaten 63 from just 29 balls, including 4 sixes, and put on 80 for the fourth wicket with Labuschagne. Jasprit Bumrah removed Labuschagne before the end for 70, having hit 5 fours, but Australia were still able to post a total of 389/4.
Yet again the Indian bowlers will not want to look back on their figures, with Navdeep Saini going wicketless for 70 in the seven overs he bowled.
India needed a good platform of their own to chase down such an imposing target, and they started reasonably well with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan putting on 56 for the first wicket. Both though fell in the space of five balls, Dhawan falling to a catch by Mitchell Starc off Josh Hazlewood for 30, and the Pat Cummins having Agarwal caught behind for 20.
Kohli and Iyer looked to rebuild the innings with the pair putting on 93 until Iyer, who had reached 38, was caught by Smith, Moises Henriques the bowler.
Kohli and KL Rahul came together and kept their side in the match with a partnership of 72 for the fourth wicket. But with Kohli starting to think about a century, he was caught by Henriques off the bowling of Hazlewood for 89. His innings contained 2 sixes and 7 fours.
Rahul and Hardik Pandya added 63 in what by no was a lost cause, with the required run rate edging up all the time. Rahul’s stay at the crease came to an end when he was caught by Hazlewood off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 76, having struck 5 sixes and 4 fours.
Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja then added 33 together, but both fell off successive balls to Cummins. Jadeja was caught by Maxwell for 24, and Pandya by Smith for 28..
In the next over Shami was caught and bowled by Maxwell, and then Bumrah was lbw to Zampa. Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal were not out at the end but India could only manage 338/9 from their 50 overs.