Team India, on Sunday (March 17), endured a tough day at the office as Australia bowled them out for a paltry 117 runs in the second ODI in Vishakhapatnam.
The Men in Blue did not have the best of outings with the bat in the first ODI either but they ended up winning that game. Chasing 188 in Mumbai, India were reeling at 16 for 3 and then 83 for 5 before an unbeaten stand of 108 runs between KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja bailed them out.
The hosts, however, could not recover from the poor start in the second ODI. Mitchell Starc once again fired with the new ball and blew away India’s top-order. He first sent back in-form Shubman Gill for a duck before dismissing Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav on consecutive deliveries to leave India reeling at 32 for 3.
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The likes of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya could not do much with the bat either as India lost their first 5 wickets even before reaching the 50-run mark. The hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 117 in 26 overs.
Former captain Virat Kohli top-scored for India, scoring 31 and was the only player to cross the 30-run mark. Axar Patel (29*) was the only other player to cross the 20-run mark during the disastrous batting display. For Australia, Starc starred with the ball, taking 5 for 53 while Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis picked up 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
India register lowest total:
The poor batting display is India’s worst against Australia at home in ODIs. 117 runs are now the lowest total scored by India in an ODI at home against Australia. The previous lowest total was 148 that they had scored against the Aussies in Vadodara way back in 2007.
This is also the first time that India have been bowled out for less than 125 in an ODI against Australia since 2003. Overall, 117 is the third lowest ODI total for India against Australia and the fourth lowest ODI total against any opposition at home.
India’s lowest ODI totals vs Australia at home:
117 at Visakhapatnam in 2023
148 at Vadodara in 2007
170 at Guwahati in 2009
Lowest ODI totals for India vs Australia:
63, Sydney, 1981
100, Sydney, 2000
117, Visakhapatnam, today
125, Centurion, 2003
145, Melbourne, 1992
Lowest ODI totals for India at home:
78 vs SL, Kanpur, 1986
100 vs WI, Ahmedabad, 1993
112, vs SL, Dharamsala, 2017
117 vs Aus, Visakhapatnam, today
135 vs WI, Guwahati, 1987