Australia's overwhelming exhibition is leveled by Starc and the openers

In Vizag on Sunday, Australia defeated India by the score of 10 wickets to tie the series. Mitchell Starc's dominating bowling effort and Mitchell Marsh's and Travis Head's ferocious half-centuries provided the necessary momentum (March 19). With his eleventh five-wicket haul, Starc helped Australia force the hosts to declare at 117. The other five wickets were shared by Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis, as India was bowled out for their third-lowest score ever in ODIs against Australia. As Australia sped to the mark with 39 overs to spare, Marsh smacked six fours and as many sixes in his 36-ball innings, and Head smashed 10 fours in his 30-ball stay.

In the chase, Australia got off to a fast start thanks to Travis Head's two fours from Mohammed Siraj in the second over and Mitchell Marsh's two boundaries in a Mohammed Shami over. Before Marsh blasted the first six of the innings, clearing the deep midwicket fence off Shami's second over, both hitters each hit a four off Siraj. Then, after discarding a short ball from his presence for a four and a six, he followed that up with a sophisticated punch past point. In order to catch up, Head hit four boundaries in one over against Siraj as Australia reached 60 at the end of the sixth over.

Marsh powered a drive through cover for a boundary off Axar Patel before welcoming Hardik Pandya into the attack with a straight six and another maximum over deep midwicket. It didn't matter which bowler was bowling because Marsh was successful. The third six in the over - a draw over lengthy on - assisted Swamp with raising a 28-ball fifty. Head reached a fifty off 29 balls before Marsh finished it off in style by carving a boundary past point off Axar, completing Australia's commanding performance.

Starc caught Shubman Gill at point earlier, dismissing him for a duck in the first over after Steve Smith chose to bowl. However, India batted well in the first few overs because the Australian pacers were a little full. This made it possible for Virat Kohli to play a couple of nice drives through the off side, and Rohit Sharma hit three fours through the leg side. Starc initially lacked rhythm, but the wicket of Rohit, who edged to slip while trying to hit an expansive drive, pumped the left-handed pacer as he caught Suryakumar Yadav in front with an inswinger and dismissed him for a golden duck for the second time in succession.

Kohli and KL Rahul attempted to stabilize the ship, but Kohli became Starc's fourth victim by falling across an incoming delivery and becoming trapped leg-before, costing India a review. Smith assisted Abbott in the dismissal of Pandya and made a superb one-handed catch diving to his right, putting India five runs behind before the tenth over was over. In the 16th over, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja's 22-run partnership came to an end when the third batter tried to play across but was caught and bowled out for 31, leaving India reeling at 71/6.

India was stabilized for a while by Jadeja and Axar, but the latter lost the battle when he tried to run an Ellis delivery down to the third man as Australia continued to advance. Abbott, who was brought back into the attack, bowled consecutive deliveries and bowled Kuldeep Yadav and Shami to death. Axar hit a few sixes off Starc, but when Siraj was bowled, he was left stranded on 29 and India's innings ended in only 26 overs.

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