Mitchell Starc equals Australia’s ODI record in India’s 10-wicket haul | Cricket News:

Mitchell Starc equaled the record for five-wicket ODI hauls by an Australian bowler as the tourists demolished India by 10 wickets in Visakhapatnam.

The left-armer took 5-53, his ninth return with five wickets in 50 overs of cricket, and matched Brett Lee’s feat to help India slip to just 117 after 26 overs as they were bowled out.

Australian openers Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head then crushed the Indian bowlers as they cruised to victory in just 11 overs; The 234 deliveries that were not used made it the hosts’ heaviest defeat in one-day cricket.

Shubman Gill was out for a duck in Starc’s first over and, although Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 29, it proved to be the highest partnership of India’s innings as their collapse accelerated.

Starc took two wickets in as many balls, with Rohit slipping and Suryakumar Yadav trapped before Lokesh Rahul departed in similar fashion.

Sean Abbott (3-23) and Nathan Ellis (2-13) provided ample support, the latter removing Kohli from 31 off 35, although Axar Patel’s unbeaten 29 at the run ball pushed India past the 100 mark.

Australia's Mitchell Marsh (L) and Travis Head share an unbroken century stand against India in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam (Associated Press)
Mitchell Marsh (L) and Travis Head raced to victory with an unbroken partnership of 121 in just 11 overs.

But Abbott helped clean up the tail by bowling successive balls to Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammad Shami before Starc returned to complete his five-over by bowling Mohammed Siraj for a duck.

Any hopes of a fightback against India were quickly snuffed out by Marsh, who hit 81 in the series opener and maintained that form with an unbeaten 66 off 36, including six sixes and six fours.

The opener brought up his half-century off 28 deliveries, while Head’s progress was a little quieter as he smashed 51 off 30, including 10 fours.

Australia’s resounding win evens the series at three games, with the decider to be played in Chennai on Wednesday.

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