After thrashing India by 51 runs in the second ODI of three-match series, the Aussie captain Aaron Finch on Sunday said he does not think the star opener David Warner would be available for selection for the final ODI on December 2.
Following this win, the host Australia gained a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match series. Indian bowlers once again spoiled the game of their side as they failed to take early wickets and as a result, the hosts posted a big total of 389/4. Steve Smith was the highest run-scorer in the second ODI as he smashed the 104 runs off 64 balls. David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Marnus Labuschagne also got among the runs for Australia.
“Anytime you get in the high 300s is good. Very pleased to wrap it up in two wins. No idea about Warner’s fitness. We’ve got to reshuffle it around, I don’t think he’ll (Warner) be available. The way Davey played upfront was unbelievable. Then Smithy played out of his skin for two matches in a row. Henriques bowled to a simple plan and changed his pace a lot. As Virat said, we probably got a blueprint with Hardik’s bowling, he was really hard to hit with pace off deliveries,” said Finch after the conclusion of the match.
Warner had injured himself while making a dive to stop the ball in India’s chase. In the fourth over of India’s innings, Shikhar Dhawan hit the ball towards mid-off, where Warner made a dive to stop the ball and after this, Warner looked quite uncomfortable and walked out of the field.
“Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed that Warner will indeed go for scans later today,” ESPNCricinfo reported.
As long as the match is concerned, Warner got Australia off to a flyer with skipper Aaron Finch. The left-hander smashed a brilliant 83 off 77 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Steve Smith continuing his form in the second ODI, smashed 104 off 64 balls.
Virat Kohli-led side, on the other hand, failed to achieve the target and fell 51 runs short and it was only Virat Kohli (89) and KL Rahul (76) who could salvage some pride with the bat in hand.