2nd ODI: Smith’s ton power Australia to 389/4 against India

Sydney, Nov 29 (Bureau) Steve Smith struck his second successive hundred (104 off 64 balls) of the series and powered Australia to a mammoth total of 389/4 against India in the second ODI of three-match series, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, here on Sunday. Apart from Smith, opener, David Warner smashed 83 off 77 while skipper Aaron Finch scored 60 off 69. The duo of Marnus Labuschagne (70) and Glenn Maxwell (63) also chipped in with respective fifty-plus scores to propel Australia to a humongous score.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, openers Aaron Finch and David Warner gave Australia a solid start as they added a century-plus stand for the first wicket. Shami struck in the 23rd over to remove Finch, giving India the much needed first breakthrough and breaking the 142 run opening stand between Finch and Warner. Soon after, Warner (83) Warner was run out for 83 by a direct hit from the deep while trying to steal a second run. From there on, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith got together at the crease and the duo ensured that the side does not more wickets in a cluster. Smith mixed powerful hits with deft touches to pick up boundaries during his fluent knock and completed his 11th ton in the format in 62 balls in the 41st over of the innings. However, he couldn’t carry his innings longer was sent back to the pavilion in the next over by Hardik Pandya, which brought an end to a 136-run stand between Smith and Labuschagne.

In slog overs, Maxwell’s quickfire unbeaten 63 from 29 balls, which included four sixes and an equal number of fours, and a stroke-filled 70 from Marnus Labuschagne helped Australia build on the strong platform and finish with a flourish. The duo added 93 runs in the last eight overs and helped Australia post a formidable 389/4 after 50 overs in the second ODI against India. Hardik Pandya 1/24, Mohammed Shami 1/73, Jasprit Bumrah 1/79 were the wicket-takers for India. Brief Scores: Australia: 389/4 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83, Aaron Finch 60, Marnus Labuschagne 70, Glenn Maxwell 63 not out, Hardik Pandya 1/24, Mohammed Shami 1/73).