Mitchell Starc wreaked havoc with his ninth ODI five-wicket haul to help Australia bundle out India for a paltry 117 in the second ODI at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
The left-arm pacer Starc, who had triggered the collapse in the first ODI with three wickets, returned figures of 5 for 53 in eight overs as India were bowled out for their third lowest total against Australia, in just 26 overs.
Sean Abbott (3/23) and Nathan Ellis (2/13) also produced handy spells to not let India recover from the early wobble.
Virat Kohli did hold one end up for a while with a 35-ball 31 and Axar Patel scored an entertaining unbeaten 29 studded with two sixes off Starc.
Starc rattled India when he struck in the first over of the match, sending back Shubman Gill for a duck after Australia’s decided to bowl first in Visakhapatnam.
Two successive strikes from Starc to get returning skipper Rohit Sharma for 13 and then Suryakumar Yadav, out for a second straight first-ball duck, pushed India onto the back foot.
KL Rahul played out the hat-trick ball but lasted for just 11 more deliveries before falling leg before wicket to Starc, who returned figures of 4-31 in his first spell of six overs.On what appeared to be a flight deck here, for the second time in the series India were off to a poor start with Starc causing the maximum damage inside the first five overs, finding swing but no seam movement with overcast conditions and strong wind blowing across throughout the first innings.
After getting Shubman Gill (0) caught at point in the first over, he ended Kohli and Sharma’s rebuilding act in the fifth over.
Sharma flashed hard but was caught at first slip by Smith, who grabbed the moving ball in more than one attempt, and Starc struck again on the next delivery trapping Yadav leg-before for a second consecutive first-ball duck in this series.
The left-arm pacer continued making inroads into the Indian batting line-up, striking once again in the ninth over to trap KL Rahul (9) leg-before.
The batsman, after consultation with Kohli went upstairs, but DRS confirmed the field umpire’s call and India were left reeling at 48/4 inside nine overs.
There was no respite for India with Australia right-arm pacer Abbott producing an outside edge off the first ball in the 10th over, and Smith took a stunning one-handed diving catch on his right to make Hardik Pandya’s (1) trip to the middle a very short one.
Kohli and Jadeja did stop the flow of wickets for India with their 22-run sixth-wicket stand, but the introduction of Nathan Ellis brought another wicket.
The right-arm fast bowler, playing only his fourth ODI, got the key wicket of Kohli, pinning him in front of the wickets for a 35-ball 31 with four hits to the fence.
Jadeja was caught behind off Ellis and the Indian tailender didn’t last long as Starc bowled an unplayable delivery to Mohammed Siraj to clip the off-bail.
(With PTI Inputs)