Chasing 118, Australian openers Travis Head (51* off 30) and Mitchell Marsh (66* off 36) barely flinched as Australia ran through India in the second ODI to grab a 10-wicket win and level the series 1-1 going into the decider in Chennai.
The duo wrapped up the chase inside 11 overs, with 234 balls to spare. The most ever in India men’s ODI history. Previous worst was 212 balls remaining against New Zealand in January 2019.
“It’s very rare that both of us go at the same time,” said Head post match on his partnership with Marsh. “Throughout my experience opening the batting, if one guy is going, you try to support that. Today it was a short total, we both felt like going. We played really calculated. It was a nice partnership, very enjoyable.”
He also added, “Nice to contribute, really good to get a partnership going. We were a bit settled today and took our time. Last game, I went hard early to push the envelope. It’s nice to have the big fellow (Marsh) at the other end when he hits them into the top tier. We were hoping that one of us gets away.”
Marsh had also top scored in the first ODI in Mumbai when he nailed 81 runs off 65 deliveries on a wicket most batters on either side found difficult to hang on.
“It was a bit of fun,” he said post-match. “Always nice to get a good start when you’re chasing a small total like that. I was hoping Head would get off to a flier and I could play it slow. To be honest, I’ve been enjoying playing swing and batting up the order. (On Starc) He’s been brilliant, it is horrible standing at slip when he bowls because it flies at about 80 miles an hour off the edge. But it is great to see him bowl like this, we now have a rare chance to win an away series in India.”