India vs Australia, 2nd ODI: KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav star in the Indian level series
RAJKOT: The crowd at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium stood up while India leveled the series with a memorable 36-run victory over Australia in the second ODI here on Friday.
Two moments that changed the game contributed to the victory of India. First was KL Rahul The belligerent 80, at a strike rate of 154, hit a new role in No. 5. The second came in 38 over the entries of Australia, when Steve Smith (98 of 102 balls; 9x4, 1x6) was released by Kuldeep Yadav .
Rahul had the bad luck of being exhausted at the end of India's entrances, but he may have provided India with a left-field solution to his medium-order problems under long-standing slopes. Rahul was on fire from the beginning, sending all Australian bowlers to a leather hunt. He was especially severe with Ashton Agar, raising it for six consecutive.
I am ready to play in any position according to the team's need, he declared after the victory.
Rahul hit, a fine of 90 balls 96 (13x4, 1x6) of the lap opener Shikhar Dhawan and a ball 76 of 78 virat Kohli (6x4), assured a strong chase of 341 races for Australia, which had won the launch and opted for the field. The visitors could only handle 304, thanks to some good bowling of the Indians. Mohammad Shami was very expensive, but he pocketed three crucial wickets, including that of David Warner .
The chase teams have not yet won a single ODI in this place: in the previous two games, India had hit the last and lost, by nine races to England in 2013 and 18 races to South Africa in 2015.
The moment when the Indians felt the victory was when Smith fell to reduce the Australians to 221/5, and from now on, apart from Hagar (25) and Kane Richardson (24 *), none of the Australian hitters could change the game.
India made sure that the Australian starters, who played a winning entry in the Wankhede, left early. Aaron Finch Rahul dismissed a brilliant job behind the stumps: a delivery of Jadeja turned beyond the outer edge of the Australian patron's bat and Rahul withdrew the bails in an instant. The fit Marnus Labuschagne (46) also had no significant impact on the game.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma and the useful opening association of 81 Dhawan races put India on a flat field with a fast open field. Rohit broke a 42 of 44 balls that included six strokes to the fence before being caught in the front by the cunning Adam Zampa.
Shikhar, who closed his second half century of the series, found his moment early, playing some exquisite records.
The final ODI will be played in Bangalore on Sunday.