Result
2nd ODI, Rajkot, Jan 17 2020, Australia tour of India
340/6
(49.1/50 ov, target 341)
304
India won by 36 runs
Player Of The Match
3:28
9m
• The Report by Sidharth Monga

KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav the gamechangers as India go level

Steven Smith made 98 for Australia but once he fell, the hosts took control of the game

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Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: @PeterDellaPenna
Scorecard summary
India340/6(50 overs)
KL Rahul80 (52)
Australia304(49.1 overs)

10:00 pm That's it from us on commentary today. Sid Monga's report is up. Stay tuned for more reporting from the ground by Vishal Dikshit. Thanks for staying with us today. For Danyal Rasool, I'm Peter Della Penna. Come back in two days for the series finale at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Take care!

KL Rahul is the Man of the Match: "I couldn't have asked for a better start. Each day I've been thrown a different role or responsibility and I'm enjoying it for now. [Batting at No. 5] Obviously it's a different position. The only plan I had was to give myself a couple of balls. Having had a chat with Virat, he said the ball is coming on nicely. Once I got a couple balls out of the middle of the bat, then it just becomes about bat and ball. All the other things in your mind fade away. Very happy with the way I got a few partnerships. The past couple of months I had to keep for Karnataka as well so hopefully I'll keep the bowlers happy."

Virat Kohli: "[About batting at No. 4] We live in the days of social media and a panic button being pressed too early. It's very important to figure out the best team you can put on the park and when you see how KL was batting today, it's very difficult to leave someone like that out. Batting at No. 5 and batting like that for the team, this is probably the best he's played at international level. That knocked showed maturity and class. We know exactly what we're doing in the change room. On the outside there's a lot of panic that we don't really focus on. Back to No. 3 was good for the team so I'm happy from that point of view that it helped the team. In ODI cricket, Shikhar has been one of our most consistent performers. I'm very happy that he scored runs as well. It always augurs well when he and Rohit score runs. I asked Rohit briefly just now. It's that left shoulder that has popped out a few times. There's no tear so hopefully he should be back for the next game.

[On the yorkers at the death]. I'm very pleased to see that. I asked the bowlers what they wanted to do and they said this is the time to execute our yorkers. All three executed brilliantly."

Aaron Finch: "They played very well. The whole way through the [first] innings, we were one wicket shy of containing then where they needed to be. [Zampa's] bowling really well at the moment. I thought the way that Smithy started today, though not quite going through to the end, and Marnus in his first hit in ODIs, they spend every minute of the day together. You just have to make sure that when you get in, you capitalize and go really big. We were just slight behind as the run rate kept going up."

Presentation time...

Vik Macherla: "I see KLR as more of a surgical knife while Pant more of a blunt hammer. Each has their merits but at this stage - prepping for the next set of world cup - my vote would be Rahul." We're still three years away!

Sandy: "So Rishabh Pant -the WK Batsman or KL - The Batsman-WK for bengaluru??" I doubt you're the only one thinking this.

9:33 pm So it's all square heading into the third ODI. Kuldeep Yadav is speaking pitch side. "It's been a tough four or five months after the World Cup but now I'm getting back into rhythm and bowling really well. Marnus and Smith were batting really well. When I came for the last spell, I was looking for the wicket. I found that the wicket was a bit slow and the ball was getting soft. So bowling slow through the air it was tough to hit me down the ground."

49.1
w
Bumrah to Zampa, OUT
back of a length ball follows Zampa backing away from leg stump, tries to fend this off but only manages an edge through to Rahul. Bumrah finally gets a much deserved wicket. That's it. India win by 36 runs.
A Zampa c †Rahul b Bumrah 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
end of over 4919 runs
AUS: 304/9CRR: 6.2 • RRR: 37.00 • Need 37 from 6b
Kane Richardson24 (11)
Adam Zampa6 (5)
Mohammed Shami10-0-77-3
Jasprit Bumrah9-2-32-0
48.6
4
Mohammed Shami to Richardson, FOUR runs
another length ball on off, clocked clean and flat over mid-off, bounces over the rope. Impressive late flurry by Richardson to pad his stats.
48.5
6
Mohammed Shami to Richardson, SIX runs
length ball on off stump, Richardson clobbers this high and deep over mid-off. 300 up for Australia, but it's cosmetic with the game just about over.
48.4
4
Mohammed Shami to Richardson, FOUR runs
ankle high full toss on leg stump, yorker length just misses and Richardson shovels this high over umpire Kettleborough into the rope.
48.3
4
Mohammed Shami to Richardson, FOUR runs
length ball follows Richardson backing away from leg, he heaves this through midwicket, beats long-on to the rope.
48.2
Mohammed Shami to Richardson, no run
yorker on middle, dug out back to Shami.
48.1
1
Mohammed Shami to Zampa, 1 run
full ball on middle, driven to extra cover, diving stop by Kuldeep but they take a run.
end of over 486 runs
AUS: 285/9CRR: 5.93 • RRR: 28.00 • Need 56 from 12b
Kane Richardson6 (6)
Adam Zampa5 (4)
Jasprit Bumrah9-2-32-0
Navdeep Saini10-0-62-2
47.6
Bumrah to Richardson, no run
short ball follows Richardson backing away, looked like he was pinged on the helmet ducking through a pull, ball ricochets back short of Bumrah.
47.5
4
Bumrah to Richardson, FOUR runs
length ball in the slot on leg stump, backs away and hammers this back over Zampa at the non-striker's end and races to the rope, beating long-on Pandey.
47.4
Bumrah to Richardson, no run
yorker on off stump, jammed out into the off side.

Dinesh: "It's really shocked to see the bowling figures. All the bowlers got atleast 2 wickets but world's best bowler who is in your team doesn't even picked one". Bumrah's opening spell was near flawless, helped build early pressure for the others to capitalize.

47.3
1
Bumrah to Zampa, 1 run
yorker on fourth stump, glided out to deep third man.
47.2
1
Bumrah to Richardson, 1 run
length ball on middle stump, slapped down the pitch and cut off by mid-on.
47.1
Bumrah to Richardson, no run
yorker on off stump, jammed out to extra cover.

Bumrah back.

end of over 475 runs • 2 wicket
AUS: 279/9CRR: 5.93 • RRR: 20.66 • Need 62 from 18b
Adam Zampa4 (3)
Kane Richardson1 (1)
Navdeep Saini10-0-62-2
Mohammed Shami9-0-58-3
46.6
Saini to Zampa, no run
yorker follows Zampa backing away from leg stump, fought off back to Saini.
46.5
4
Saini to Zampa, FOUR runs
short and wide, backs away to carve an elegant cut high over backward point. Cosmetic correction to the scorecard.
46.4
Saini to Zampa, no run
full on leg stump, backs away to drive to mid-on.
46.3
w
Saini to Starc, OUT
bouncer, goes to hook, appeal and given out. Surprise ball after about four overs in a row of yorkers and a thin top edge is easily taken by Rahul, who has looked superb behind the stumps all day.
MA Starc c †Rahul b Saini 6 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54
46.2
1
Saini to Richardson, 1 run
rare error in this spell from Saini, misfires a knee high full toss on off stump, but only slapped straight down the ground.

Vinayak: "Hard work for bowlers, easy work for commentators "Ctrl C , Ctrl V - yorker, jammed out""

Best performances - batsmen
SPD Smith
98 runs (102)
9 fours
1 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
31 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
7121471391719
S Dhawan
96 runs (90)
13 fours
1 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
1816012229712
Best performances - bowlers
A Zampa
O
10
M
0
R
50
W
3
Eco
5.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
Mohammed Shami
O
10
M
0
R
77
W
3
Eco
7.70
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
TossAustralia , elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Player Of The Match
KL Rahul
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 4232
Season2019/20
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.40, Second Session 17.40-21.10
Match days17 January 2020 (50-over match)
Umpires
Richard Kettleborough
Virender Sharma
TV Umpire
Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle