Australia bounced back from their defeat in the opening match to level the series 1-1 with a crushing victory over India in the second one-day international held in Visakhapatnam. The Australians won by 10 wickets, thanks to outstanding performances by Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh.
Starc, the left-arm fast bowler, delivered a fiery spell with his pace and swing to dismantle the Indian batting lineup, picking up 5 wickets for 53 runs. India crumbled under the pressure and were bundled out for a mere 117 runs in just 26 overs.
In response, Australia’s openers Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh launched an all-out attack on the Indian bowling unit, charging down the pitch to score quick runs. Marsh, in particular, was in a scintillating form, smashing six sixes in his 36-ball innings to score an unbeaten 66. Head contributed 51 runs to the chase.
The Australian openers chased down the target in just 11 overs, destroying the Indian bowling attack and ensuring that there were 39 overs remaining in the match. The victory was a complete turnaround from their defeat in the first match of the series.
Starc, who led the Australian bowling attack, claimed his ninth five-wicket haul in ODI cricket and finished the innings with figures of 5 for 53. Axar Patel, who replaced Shardul Thakur in the Indian team, remained unbeaten at 29 and hit two sixes.
The Indian bowlers struggled to contain the Australian batsmen, with Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami being knocked to the ground by the onslaught of Head and Marsh. Marsh was particularly severe on Hardik Pandya, smashing two consecutive sixes off him to reach his fifty in just 28 balls.
In the end, it was a convincing victory for the Australians, who will now look to take the lead in the three-match series in the decider. India, on the other hand, will be keen to bounce back and secure a win to take the series.