In a rain-interrupted second ODI between India and Australia, India emerged victorious by a convincing margin of 99 runs, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. India was asked to bat first and posted a formidable total of 399 runs on the board, with standout centuries from Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. KL Rahul, leading the team in the first two games, contributed with a quick 52 off 38 balls, while Ishan Kishan played a brisk 31 off 18 balls. Suryakumar Yadav was the star with a 72-run knock off just 37 balls.
After a second rain interruption, Australia was set a revised target of 317 runs to win in 33 overs. However, they struggled to chase down the target and were eventually bowled out for 217 runs in 28.2 overs. India’s comprehensive victory showcased their batting prowess and ability to perform in challenging conditions, sealing the series with a dominant performance. KL Rahul was a very happy captain at the end of the match.
KL Rahul at the post match presentation
KL Rahul, reflecting on the match, stated, “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.”
He also acknowledged the challenges in the field, saying, “We have dropped a few catches, but fielding under lights, it’s challenging physically. The coaches are doing their best to keep the guys fit. Sometimes these errors happen. The commitment is always there; we’ll learn from it, brush it off, and get better in the next game.”
Regarding the competition within the team and players returning, he mentioned, “Nothing is discussed, but guys coming back will want to make it count. With the World Cup only a couple of weeks away, guys will want to get into it. They need to get used to the challenges; they will be keen to get back onto the field.”