Australia levelled the three-match ODI series against India with 234 balls to spare, its second biggest win in terms of balls, as they romped home with 10 wickets in hand at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
This was also India's biggest loss in ODI cricket in terms of balls to spare.
Asked to bat, India was bowled out for a mere 117 in 26 overs and in response Australia chased down the target in just 11 overs to finish on 121 for no loss.
India's captain Rohit Sharma was back at the top order but that was not enough. India lost Shubman Gill cheaply. Then skipper Sharma and Virat Kohli steadied the ship. But right after that there was a collapse as India slipped from 32 for one to 49 for five. Then Kohli teamed up with Ravindra Jadeja to add 22 runs for the sixth wicket. Towards the end Axar Patel scored 29 off 29 balls with one boundary and two sixes. In the end India was bowled out for a mere 117 in 26 overs. For Australia the best bowlers were Mitchell Starc (5-53), Sean Abbott (3-23) and Nathan Ellis (2-13).
In their response Australia began in a hectic fashion. Their openers Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh put on 121 for no loss in just 11 overs. Head finished unbeaten on 51 off 30 balls with 10 boundaries, while Marsh smoked an unbeaten 66 off just 36 balls with six boundaries and six sixes.
The third and final match of the ODI series will be played in Chennai on Wednesday.
India: 117 (26)
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Shubman Gill-0.3 ov), 2-32 (Rohit Sharma-4.4 ov), 3-32 (Suryakumar Yadav-4.5 ov), 4-48 (KL Rahul-8.4 ov), 5-49 (Hardik Pandya-9.2 ov), 6-71 (Virat Kohli-15.2 ov), 7-91 (Ravindra Jadeja-19.3 ov), 8-103 (Kuldeep Yadav-24.4 ov), 9-103 (Mohammed Shami-24.5 ov), 10-117 (Mohammed Siraj-25.6 ov)
Australia: 121-0 (11)
Mitch Starc: I have learnt the trade over the years. My rhythm has been good for a few weeks now. Last couple of nights, I got the ball to shape in the air and do a little bit off the wicket. Feeling in a good place, hopefully I can continue. It's a role I play, being more attacking and bowling slightly fuller than some of the other guys. I can be slightly more expensive, but that brings in all the dismissals more, that's the role I play. My conversations are a little different compared to someone like a Cam Green. Both the decks have helped the seamers. There was movement in the air in Mumbai as well. My game plan is to attack the stumps and bring in all modes of dismissal into play.