Another batting brilliance from Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground against India guided the host to a 51-run win. With two wins in two, Australia have the three-match series in the bag.
After having won the toss and electing to bat, captain Aaron Finch played yet another 100-plus runs partnership along with David Warner. While the opening duo was at their devastating best, Steve Smith scored his second century of the series, guiding on the back of which, the Aussies posted 389/4 in 50 overs. As for India, they did pose a threat at one point of time, but back-to-back wickets meant they significantly short of the target.
There were several talking points from the contest, including the lacklustre bowling display from either side, but we dive deep to look at some major statistics from the game.
Steve Smith's romance with India
A fantastic 64-ball 104 by Steve Smith on Sunday was the Aussie's fifth consecutive fifty-plus score in ODIs against India. It is safe to say that the former captain loves scoring at Syndey as four of his 11 ODI centuries have at this venue, most by any player. It took Smith 38 balls to reach the half-century, but with momentum at his side, he took a mere 26 balls, hitting at a rate of 207.69, to complete his ton. The 31-year-old had answers to everything that India threw. A detailed look at his knock against India explains how devastating he was especially against spin.
Just in, out of his 104, 50 runs came off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mayank Agarwal:
|Steve Smith vs Indian bowlers in second ODI|
Warner and Finch on a roll
As many as five Australians scored 50-plus runs on Sunday and much of its credit is due to their openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch. Ironically, this is only the second instance where top five Australian batsmen scored fifty plus runs in an innings and both have come against India.
The pair set the stage for others by playing a 142-run opening wicket stand, which was their fifth 100-plus runs partnership against the Men in Blue in ODIs. Warner and Finch as an opening pair averages a scintillating 99.23 against India, which is the best return by any other pair. Meanwhile, a series in the bag means this is Australia's seventh bilateral series win against India out of 13.
|Highest partnership average by an opening pair vs IND in ODIs (min. 10 innings)|
|AJ Finch, DA Warner (AUS)||14||1||1290||258*||99.23||5||4|
|HH Gibbs, G Kirsten (SA)||12||1||857||235||77.9||3||3|
|CG Greenidge, DL Haynes (WI)||22||2||1407||185||70.35||6||4|
|DC Boon, GR Marsh (AUS)||21||0||1244||212||59.23||4||7|
|HM Amla, Q de Kock (SA)||12||0||690||194||57.5||2||1|
Virat Kohli completes 22,000 international runs
Captain Virat Kohli smashed 89 off 87 balls on Sunday, and in the midst, completed 22,000 international runs. He is only the eighth batsman to reach the milestone and sits in the list that has the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brain Lara, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid to name a few.
And while this was one milestone to achieve, he also completed 2000 runs against Australia in the ODIs, becoming only the fifth batsman and third Indian to do so. Thing to note here is the fact that he is the second-quickest to this landmark in terms of innings batted.
|Most runs vs AUS in ODIs|
Fewest innings to 2000 ODI runs vs a team:
37: Rohit Sharma v AUS
40: Sachin Tendulkar v AUS
40: Virat Kohli v AUS.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / David Gray