India clinched the three-match ODI series against Australia by securing a 99-run victory based on the Duckworth-Lewis rule in the second ODI, which was held in Indore. With this win, India has taken an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series.
In the course of this match, India, while batting first, established a formidable target of 399 runs, losing 5 wickets in the process. Nevertheless, persistent rain led to a prolonged interruption, resulting in Australia being set a revised target of 317 runs to chase within 33 overs. However, the Australian team was limited to a total of just 217 runs.
In the earlier stages of the game, Shreyas Iyer notched up a century with 105 runs to his name, while Shubman Gill also displayed an impressive performance, securing his century with 104 runs. These centuries provided a sturdy foundation for India. Later in the innings, Suryakumar Yadav showcased his finishing prowess, contributing an unbeaten 72 runs from just 37 deliveries.
Shubman Gill: It feels good. Satisfied as a team, we have the momentum at the right time. It depends on the situation, there’s definitely some confidence. I can cover up later, and that confidence is because I am scoring at the moment. With the way KL and Surya played, they kept the momentum going.
Shreyas Iyer ,Player of the Match: It was a rollercoaster right, feeling fantastic. My team-mates, friends and family were there for my support. I was seeing the matches on TV, I wanted to be out there and participate in the matches. Grateful to be believing in myself. The pain and niggles kept on coming, but I knew what I was aiming for. Glad that I was able to execute my plans perfectly today.
KL Rahul , India captain: When I saw the wicket in the morning, I didn’t think it would spin so much. Putting 400 on the board gives you confidence. It’s not really our decision to make. Our jobs are clear. Everyone who gets picked in the XI, needs to focus on their job. Everyone has gone through this, you need to keep getting better and wait for the opportunities. We have dropped a few catches, but fielding under lights, it’s challenging physically.
Steve Smith ,Australia captain: When we came here it looked like a good wicket. Credit to them, Gill and Iyer batted beautifully and took the game away from us. The way KL and Surya batted, it was briliant. After the rain, it got sticky and it started to spin. We have lost quite a few (matches) in a row, in South Africa and here.
Australia ,Playing XI: David Warner, Matthew Short, Steven Smith(c), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis, Alex Carey(w), Cameron Green, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Spencer Johnson
India ,Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w/c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna