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12:00 AM, November 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:08 AM, November 30, 2020

Smith pummels India as Australia seal ODI series

Steve Smith was at his imperious best as he scored a second successive 62-ball century to drive Australia to a 51-run victory over India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, sealing the one-day series 2-0 with a match to spare.

The clash, almost a carbon copy of Australia's 66-run win in Friday's match at the same ground, was soured for the home fans by an injury to David Warner which may rule him out of the Test series around the new year.

Warner had scored a bright 83 in an opening partnership of 142 with his skipper Aaron Finch (60) as Australia made light of the stifling afternoon conditions to pile on a massive 389 for four.

Despite a fine innings of 89 from Virat Kohli and a 72 from wicketkeeper KL Rahul, India limped to 338 for nine.

"I tried to whack the ball too hard in the IPL but I've started hitting it with more finesse I should say, which is working for me. Nice to score some runs again for the team and get us to a good total. I thought the boys were outstanding in the field as well," said man-of-the-match Steve Smith.

"Completely outplayed," said Kohli. "With the ball we were not that effective, we just didn't hit the areas we wanted to that effectively. The chase always felt a bit too steep."

Smith needed only 64 balls for his 104 before falling to all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who before Sunday had not bowled in international cricket since September last year due to a lower back injury.

"It was I guess (perfect performance with the bat). Anytime you get in the high 300s is good. Very pleased to wrap it up in two wins," said Australia captain Aaron Finch.

 

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