Dominant Aussies go 2-0 up in the series
Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli became the 8th player to make 250 appearances in ODIs for India. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. The hosts made a forced change, bringing Moises Henriques in for the injured Marcus Stoinis.
Like the previous match, openers Aaron Finch and David Warner gave the team a solid start. The southpaw was quick off the blocks while Finch played the role of an anchor. The duo brought up yet another 100-run stand in quick time. In nine of their previous encounters against India, Finch and Warner have managed to build seven fifty-plus partnerships. The Indian bowlers had an arduous time containing the formidable Aussie opening pair. The top order's batting might was on display. Each of their top five looked in ominous touch, essaying fifty-plus scores. Steve Smith yet again proved why he is one of the best, bringing up his 11th ODI ton. Smith's 104 (64) was his fourth consecutive 50+ score against India in ODIs and he's only the second player after Kane Williamson (2014) to do so. Thanks to Maxwell's blitz at the end, Aussies set a mammoth total of 389/4 in their allotted 50 overs of play.
In reply, it was Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal who began the proceedings for India, giving a brisk start to the chase. The Indians did manage to fight till the end but the target was a bit too much. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul brought up their half-centuries but it wasn't enough to sail India through. In the end, Australia won by 51 runs and lead the three-match ODI series by 2-0.
Aaron Finch on Australia's dominant run
"It was a perfect performance with the bat. There was no extra talk or game plan. Very pleased to wrap it up in two games and win the series. A quicker innings from me would've been better, but it's a bit of a trade-off and I think we set the foundation. Smithy was incredible as usual, and Warner got it off the middle every time as well. Moises bowled really well defensively including his cutters, and as Virat said, we got a bit of a blueprint from Hardik, by taking the pace off the ball," the Australian captain said during the post-match presentation.
Virat Kohli on India's performance
"They have outplayed us. We were ineffective with the ball, and didn't hit the areas. They have a strong batting line-up, they know the conditions and the angles well. The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would take the RRR up so we had to keep hitting. They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference. Hardik felt okay to bowl. Initially just thought of trying for a couple of overs but he felt good and bowled a couple more. And he gave away a bit of a bowling plan with his off-cutters (smiles), but credit to them, they used the dimensions well. Even Rahul or Shreyas, if they carried on, it could've gotten us across the line with Hardik to come," the Indian captain said during the post-match presentation.
Yet again Steve Smith was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant batting performance
"I felt good from ball one. Got myself in and went hard. It was another great foundation set by Finchy and Davey. That enabled myself and Maxi to go hard at the back end. It's just summing up conditions and what's in front you. Against India, you need to score big totals. It was just about taking the game on. Fortunately, it's come off in the last couple of games. I tried to whack the ball a bit too hard in the IPL, now I have started to hit the ball with a bit more finesse which is probably working better for me. I'm just playing nice cricketing shots. It (records) doesn't bother me, nice to score some runs again for the team and get us to a good total. The boys were outstanding in the field as well. The guys bowled really well and yeah, nice performance," he added.