Toss Australia opt to bowl v India
Despite consistent drizzle for the past few days, the rain in Visakhapatnam ceased on Sunday morning to provide an on-time start to the second ODI between India and Australia. Once the coin went up, it was Australia captain Steven Smith who won the toss and chose to chase.
Both captains acknowledged that the pitch – covered for the last few days – was an unknown quantity in the contest, thus making chasing the smart choice at the toss.
“The three spinners is something we might do in the World Cup, so trying it out,” Rohit said at the toss. Smith said that the pitch “might do a bit” early on and wanted his side to rectify their mistakes from the first ODI where they lost wickets in clumps.
Australia XI: 1 Travis Head, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Ellis, 11 Adam Zampa
India XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 KL Rahul, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammad Shami, 11 Mohammed Siraj