India posted a mammoth total of 399/5 in the second ODI against Australia at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday, thanks to sparkling centuries from Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. Captain KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav also contributed with blazing half-centuries. On a flat pitch with small ground dimensions, India’s batters feasted on a relatively inexperienced bowling attack to post their highest ODI total against Australia.
Shubman Gill continued his sizzling run in the format, making 104 off 97 balls, his fifth ODI century this year. Iyer brushed aside question marks over his form and fitness with his first ODI century of this year – 105 off 90 balls. After the duo fell post sharing a 200-run partnership, Rahul ensured the momentum was continued through his 38-ball 52, his second straight fifty.
Suryakumar delighted the Sunday crowd in the stadium with an exhibition of boundary-striking by hammering an unbeaten 72 off 37 deliveries. He also reached his fifty in 24 balls, breaking the previous fastest ODI fifty for India against Australia record set by Virat Kohli off 27 balls in Jaipur in 2013.
In the Australian innings, the highlight was David Warner switching to right-handed batting against Ravichandran Ashwin in the 13th over. The incident happened in the 13th over of the Australian innings. Warner went onto complete his half-century off just 38 balls, hitting 7 fours and one six. However, when Ashwin returned with the ball in the 15th over, Warner was trapped leg-before wicket on the very first ball. Replays showed that Warner had edged the ball onto his pads but he did not take the review.
David Warner’s decision to switch to right-handed batting against Ravichandran Ashwin surprised everyone. He had never batted right-handed in international cricket before.
Warner explained his decision after the match. He said that he had been practicing batting right-handed in the nets because he was struggling to pick Ashwin’s off-spin from the left side. He also said that he wanted to try something different to see if it could help him score runs against Ashwin.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
Two wickets in an over for @ashwinravi99 💪💪
David Warner and Josh Inglis are given out LBW!
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2023
Warner’s right-handed batting experiment was not successful on this occasion. He was dismissed by Ashwin for 53 off 39 balls. However, his willingness to try something new and his dedication to improving his game are commendable.
David Warner batting as a right hander vs Ashwin. pic.twitter.com/cvtbGhzYWH
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 24, 2023
David Warner batting right handed against Ravi Ashwin. pic.twitter.com/N8x5NsTv09
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 24, 2023
David Warner is something else Mann 😂 batting Right handed vs Ashwin pic.twitter.com/ZT5SlFU5Ti
— Pranjal (@Pranjal_one8) September 24, 2023