IND vs AUS 2nd ODI: Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second match against India
Visakhapatnam: Australia captain Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bowl first in the second ODI against India on Sunday. Smith said after the toss, ‘We will bowl first. The pitch is slightly different. Been under the covers (due to rain) for a long time so hopefully that will help the bowling. (In the last match) A partnership in the middle overs can save us.
Playing on such pitches is a good learning opportunity for us. Glenn Maxwell has a hamstring strain, so Nathan Ellis has come in his place. Alex Carey is back in place of Josh Inglis. Indian captain Rohit Sharma said, ‘The pitch has been under the covers for a long time, we have to bat well and see where we are. Every match you play for India is a pressure match, so you have to stay calm and make the right decisions.
In the last few ODI series, we have tried to stay calm. There are two changes in the team. Ishaan is out, I am back in the team in his place. Shardul Thakur has gone out and Akshar Patel has taken his place. He said, ‘If we had won the toss, I thought we could do something with three spinners bowling first. I think the ball will turn in the second innings as well. We can go into the World Cup with three spinners, so we want to try it.
Indian XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami. Australia XI: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.