Starc leads Australia’s demolition of India to level series



Mitchell Starc led an Australian fast-bowling demolition of India as the visitors won the second ODI by 10 wickets to level the three-match series on Sunday.

Starc took 5-53 in eight overs, his ninth ODI five-wicket haul, as India was bowled out for 117 runs in 26 overs. Sean Abbott took 3-23 in six overs while Nathan Ellis picked up 2-13 in five.

In reply, openers Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh smacked Indian bowling to all parts of the ground as Australia won in a canter.

It scored 121 runs in 11 overs to completely dominate the game, with Marsh hitting 66 not out off 36 balls.

It was India’s heaviest ODI defeat in terms of balls remaining as Australia won with 39 overs (234 balls) to spare. The three-match series is now level 1-1, after India won the first ODI in Mumbai by five wickets.

Put in to bat in bowling friendly conditions, India made a poor start. Shubman Gill was out caught for a duck in Starc’s first over. Rohit Sharma (13) and Virat Kohli added 29 runs for the second wicket, the most for an Indian pair on the day before the collapse began in earnest.

Starc had Sharma caught at slip in the fifth over, and then trapped Suryakumar Yadav lbw for a golden duck.—AFP