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Mitchell Starc’s 5-For and Mitchell Marsh’s Blistering Fifty help Australia beat India by 10 wickets


Mitchell Starc ripped India’s stick first as he cast a 5/53 spell. Thanks to their spell, India were only beaten on 117. Then, in the chase, fly-half Mitchell Marsh hit 66 from 36 balls and didn’t come out as Australia beat Australia. India of 10 wickets.

Australian pacer Mitchell Starc tore through the Indian outfit with five wickets to lay the groundwork for a crushing 10-wicket victory in the second One Day International at Visakhapatnam on Sunday which tied their three-game series at 1-1.

Chasing 118 wins after Starc won 5-53 for their ninth five-wicket run in ODIs in a fiery spell earlier today, Australia came home in just 11 overs to stage a thrilling final at Chennai Wednesday.

A ferocious Mitchell Marsh hit an unbeaten 66 on 36 balls – a shot that included six sixes – while Travis Head took 51 steps to lead the tourists across the finish line.

Australia put India at bat and struck early as Starc had Shubman Gill caught in point for a duck with a wider ball in the first over and the left hander then fired Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav for balls successive a little later.

Skipper Rohit, back after missing India’s five-wicket win in the series opener due to family commitments, was caught off guard for 13 while the explosive Suryakumar fell lbw in the following ball to leave India struggling at 32-3 in five overs.

KL Rahul enjoyed a return to form in the last match with an unbeaten 75 but fell victim to a sharp inswinger from Starc and Hardik Pandya joined him in the pavilion soon after thanks to a spectacular catch from Steve Smith.

The Australian captain swung to his right to pull out a one-handed blinder in Sean Abbott’s second run as the hosts lost half their team for 49 on a lane that offered fast bowlers a swing and an early rebound.

After a spell of low risk cricket, India lost Virat Kohli when Nathan Ellis trapped him lbw for 31 in the 16th and the pacemaker then had Ravindra Jadeja behind for 16 to stifle the team’s hopes local of a late return.

Abbott retired Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami before Axar Patel (29 not out) hauled Starc for two big sixes, but the bowler shook the stumps of Mohammed Siraj as India were limited to their ODI tally on lower against Australia at home.

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