Records galore as Smith tons up in Australia’s 389
Steve Smith’s 11th hundred has fuelled Australia’s humongous 389/4 in the second ODI against India at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia’s innings has been a ‘deja vu’ of the first ODI when Smith slammed 62-ball ton, the third fastest by an Australian in ODIs. Two days later, Smith has done it again in 62 balls. The only noticeable differences are Australia scoring 15 runs more and Smith being the lone centurion. This is Australia’s highest total against India, beating the previous match’s score.
Smith took a single off Yuzvendra Chahal to bring up his third consecutive century vs India. Overall, this is his fifth ODI hundred against them, equalising with Nathan Astle, Salman Butt and Quinton de Kock. Only Sanath Jayasuriya (7), AB de Villiers, Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting (all three scoring 6) have more hundreds against India in this format.
Smith top-scored the innings with 104 runs from 64 balls, hitting 14 fours and 2 sixes. He had made 66-ball 105 in the series opener on Friday.
After electing to bat first again, David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch provided Australia yet another pulsating start, adding 142 runs for the opening stand. Finch made 60 off 69 while Warner went close to a hundred but a superb direct hit from Shreyas Iyer got him walking back to the pavilion, scoring 77-ball 83 runs with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Glenn Maxwell butchered Indian bowling in the death overs, smashing 4 sixes and 4 fours in a brisk 29-ball unbeaten 63 runs. Marnus Labuschagne made his third ODI half century with a 61-ball 70.
Hardik Pandya rolled his arms for four overs and took the big wicket of Smith in the 42nd over. Otherwise, it was a sorry looking scorecard for Virat Kohli’s bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah leaked 79 runs in his ten overs for one wicket.
Five men have made scores of 50 or more, the second instance of such in ODIs. The first time it happened was again by Australia against India in Jaipur in 2013. India had chased 360 for the loss of only one wicket with 6.3 overs to spare in that game.
Australia 389/4 in 50 overs (Smith 104, Warner 83, Labuschagne 70, Maxwell 63*; Pandya 1/24)