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Rohit Sharma, the skipper of India, says that it is a dry pitch and it has been under covers for a long time. Adds that they will now look to bat well and defend it later. Feels that it is important to stay calm and colllected. Also says that it is important to make the right decisions. Mentions that he is not too sure how the wicket will play but hopes that there is turn on offer in the evening. Ends by informing the two changes in their team. Ishan Kishan makes way for him and Axar Patel replaces Shardul Thakur.
Steven Smith, the skipper of Australia, says that they will bowl first. Adds that it looks like a decent surface and it was under cover so there might be something. Tells that they got to a reasonable start in the last game, but building partnerships in the middle will be crucial. Mentions that it is a good learning experience for them to play on these kinds of wickets as the World Cup will be played here and is not too far away. Says they just have to play good consistent cricket and informs that they have made two changes. Nathan Ellis comes in for Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey is back for Josh Inglis.
Australia (Playing XI) – Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (C), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (WK) (In for Josh Inglis), Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Nathan Ellis (In for Glenn Maxwell), Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
India (Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma (C) (In for Ishan Kishan), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel (In for Shardul Thakur), Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
TOSS – The two captains are out in the middle. The coin toss lands in the favour of Steven Smith and Australia have opted to BOWL first.
PITCH REPORT – Deep Dasgupta is pitchside and says that there was some drizzle earlier, but now it is clear and the sun is out. Ajit Agarkar joins him and tells that this is black soil wicket and there are some cracks, but it won’t effect much. Says that as the pitch was under cover, batting might be a bit tricky at first, but it will get better as the game goes deep and teams will like to chase in this game.
On the other hand, Australia had an off day with the bat, but Mitchell Marsh was one of the positives for them. Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis bowled their hearts out in the second half, but a low total meant they were unable to defend it. Australian fans will be hoping that their side can put in a complete performance and draw level in the series. Will the visitors manage to force a series decider? Or will we see the hosts gain an unassailable 2-0 lead? Let’s find out. Toss and team news coming up shortly…
In the first ODI, a clinical effort with the ball led by Mohammad Shami saw them bundle out Australia for 188. While chasing, they were off to a shaky start, but KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship for the hosts and got them over the line. India will look to put on an improved batting display in their quest to make it 2-0. Moreover, they will be delighted by the return of their regular skipper, Rohit Sharma.
Hello and a warm welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our coverage of the 2nd ODI between India and Australia at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Having emerged victorious in the first ODI at Mumbai, India hold a 1-0 lead heading into the game. The hosts will be hoping to seal the series with a win in this game, whereas Australia will look to bounce back and take the three-match ODI series to a decider.
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