tossed up and he drives to long-on. Australia win by 51 runs
11.04 pm: Well that's a wrap on this game from us. Australia have taken the series at the first opportunity. They've been the clearly superior team in both games. It's goodbye from Alex, Thilak and me for now, but make sure you tune in for the third ODI after a couple of days.
Moises Henriques: It is the most I've bowled for a little while so I was starting to get a bit sore there towards the end. Just tried to bowl as straight as possible. If you could hit the right length, it worked. I just tried to smack that length with changes of pace. (on his catch off Kohli) Yeah it was a really big wicket. I wouldn't be out of place in saying I'm pretty sure after we got Virat that a lot of guys were a lot calmer on the field. Thankfully he didn't hit it as well as he wanted to and I was able to get across without thinking too much. Those two innings from Steve... I've been lucky enough to play a lot of cricket with him and the timing he's showed in both games is extraordinary. You look up and he's 40 off 30 and you've not realised it. He's able to accelerate and score all around the field. I haven't seen him time the ball as well as he has in those two innings. The boys keep taking the mickey out of him because he says to anyone who'll listen 'he's found his hands' but maybe there is something in it!
Aaron Finch: It was I guess (perfect perfomance with the bat). Anytime you get in the high 300s is good. Very pleased to wrap it up in two wins. No idea (on Warner's fitness). We've got to reshuffle it around, I don't think he'll be available. Bit quicker would have been nice (on his own batting) but laid the foundation for the guys at the back end to come and play free cricket. The way Davey played up front was unbelievable. Then Smithy played out of his skin for two matches in a row. Henriques bowled to a simple plan and changed his pace a lot. As Virat said, we probably got a blueprint with Hardik's bowling, he was really hard to hit with pace off deliveries.
Virat Kohli: Completely outplayed. I think with the ball we were not that effective. Didn't hit the areas we wanted to consistently. They've got a strong batting lineup and know the angles. Their total was a bit too steep, if you see we got 340 and still lost by 51 runs. With the areas they bowled, they were in a position to create chances and with those chances taken, they were on top. (on Hardik bowling) I think he gave away a bit of a bowling plan on this pitch, a lot of them bowled cutters (smiles). His bowling was out of nowhere I just asked him. KL and I thought even 100 in the last ten overs with Hardik to come was achievable. If KL and me had stuck around till the 40th over, we could have put them under pressure. The wicket was beautiful to bat on.
Steve Smith is Man of the Match again: I think last innings I probably could have been caught at long on, a close lbw. I didn't give any chances today and I just felt good from ball one. I was able to get myself in and go hard. Another great foundation set by Finchy and Davey. Let me go hard at the back end. The last two games, the boys have got us off to terrific starts. We know India have a good batting line-up so we needed big totals. I tried to whack the ball too hard in the IPL but I've started hitting it with more finesse I should say, which is working for me. Nice to score some runs again for the team and get us to a good total. I thought the boys were outstanding in the field as well.
10.46 pm Australia take the series with an unbeatable 2-0 lead. Two comprehensive wins, driven by their batting. Both times they put up totals that were just beyond what could be achieved. India's batting was solid enough but they had too much to chase. The bowling will cause some worries. Australia's batting is looking very robust indeed. David Warner back to his attacking best, Steven Smith batting like a dream, and Glenn Maxwell scoring at two runs per ball for fun. The only bowling worry for Australia is Starc being off-colour. His figures might not reflect it, but he bowled better than in the first game. There was that no-ball wicket, and if he can sort out the extras, it will automatically improve things.
Better over-rates in this game incidentally. Australia are 16 minutes over time, India were 22. Much better than the first ODI.
nice looking shot, goes on one knee and square drives it through cover point
wider outside off, tries to slog it again, but it goes to cover off the toe-end
flatter and fuller, drills it powerfully and very straight but Starc has moved straighter so it's only a single
tossed up on off, big stride out and smashes it coolly to the long-off boundary
flat on leg stump, moves across and clips it backward of square
Maxwell to rush us through to the end
attempted slog across the line, a top edge goes clear of midwicket
fuller, and he covers the line while tapping it to midwicket
tossed up, he comes on the front foot and drives, inside half of the bat to midwicket
googly, he didn't read it at all and trapped right in front. He was shaping to push into the offside with the ball pitching on off, but it spun back in. He's standing fairly deep too, and struck below the knee roll so it's as plumb as it gets. Crashing into middle stump
leg-break on a length, goes back and punches to long-on
length on the stumps, punched back to the bowler's right
Maxwell hustled through that last over. Will Australia rush through the remaining two overs too? Yes, here's Zampa
length on the stumps, goes right back and defends
fuller, driven to long-off
length on middle and leg, tapped back
Maxwell calls for it and takes the return catch. Down the track, swats it with a cross bat, top edge goes straight up. Bowler settles under it and takes it calmly.
swing and a miss. Big swing. Length ball going across him outside off. He was looking to send it to downtown Sydney
caspian: "gotta give credit to India, felt they were in with a slight chance for a long period of this chase. been a bit inevitable, but pretty entertaining nonetheless. Hopefully the gap between the sides is the same in the test series."
fullish on the stumps, clipped to long-on
length on off, pushed through cover
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia led the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4266|
|Hours of play (local time)||14:40 start, First Session 14.40-18.10, Interval 18.10-18.55, Second Session 18.55-22.25|
|Match days||29 November 2020 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||Australia 10, India 0|