India vs Australia 2nd ODI 1986 Article

Read the article of India vs Australia 2nd ODI 1986 - Australia tour of India 6-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between Australia and India at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar in 09th September 1986.

A magnificent unbeaten Innings of 90 from Captain Allan Border lead from front to Australia an exciting three-wicket victory over India and level the series with 1-1 in the second ODI.

Inda scored 222-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by Sunil Gavaskar struck 52 off 56-balls including 5-fours & 2-sixes.

Ravi Shastri cracked a 37 off 52-balls including 3-fours, Chandrakant Pandit, Kris Srikkanth each scored 24-runs, Chetan Sharma 17, Mohammad Azharuddin 16 and Kapil Dev 16.

Australia best bowler by Bruce Reid, Steve Waugh, Simon Davis each took 2-wickets and one for Greg Matthews.

Australia chased 226-7 in 46 overs with top scorer by Allan Border hit a unbeaten 90 off 106-balls.

Greg Matthews scored 31 off 43-balls including a boundary, Greg Ritchie hit 28 off 41-balls included one-six & a four, Steve Waugh cracked a 20 off 19-balls with 4-fours and Geoff Marsh 17.

India best bowler by Roger Binny, Kapil Dev and Ravi Shastri each took 2-wickets.

Allan Border named Player of the match for his match-winning magnificent unbeaten 90-runs knocked off facing 106-balls including 6-fours & a six.

This match reported by (Third Party Reference from SMH)

A magnificent innings of 90 by captain Allan Border inspired Australia to a three-wicket victory in an absorbing limited-over interna- tional at the Sher-I-Kashmir stadium.

Border, the world's most experienced player at this form of the game it was his 134th appearance played a beautifully judged innings as Australia achieved the 223 required with six balls remaining.
Craig McDermott struck the winning runs as the shadows from the chenar trees lengthened and only minutes after Stephen Waugh glared at Chetan Sharma who, before breaking down with an arm injury, persisted in bowling outside the leg stump.

However, Waugh had his revenge when he twice gloriously cover drove a flummoxed Kapil Dev to the boundary and barely could suppress his glee when Dev then bowled a wide.

The Indians wilted badly under extreme pressure in the dying moments, repeatedly making fundamental fielding errors.

Waugh's short but mature hand eased the pressure on Border, who went to the wicket in the eighth over and supervised Greg Ritchie and Greg Matthews in critical Partnerships of 63 and 70 for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively.

Ritchie contributed 26 before being stumped by Chandrakant Pandit off Ravi Shastri, while Matthews played skilfully for 31 before being run out.

While there was tension aplenty at the end - Waugh and Tim Zoehrer falling in quick succession Border saw the Australians home to avenge the defeat in the opening international at Jaipur on Sunday.

The Australians made an impressive start, claiming Krish Srikkanth for 24 and Raman Lamba for one.

For some time now, the Australians have worked on the theory that if they can restrict or even claim Krish Srikkanth early, India can be held to an attainable total. Consequently, they did little to conceal their delight when Greg Matthews had Srikkanth neatly caught on the leg side when the total was 50 in the 11th over.

The dancing, yelling and embracing mid-pitch was as unin- hibited as the behaviour of the crowd of more than 20,000 sand- wiched into the beautiful Sher-I- Kashmir ground.

Knowing full well the limitations of Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar at this form of the game, the Australians concentrated their attack on Raman Lamba, who had made such an impressive debut at Jaipur on Sunday.

To their unbridled delight Lamba, a most ambitious player, attempted an early and rash drive against Simon Davis and Tim Zoehrer again was enveloped by his team-mates.

The Australians gained a further psychological advantage only moments later when Vengsarkar had to withdraw because of illness.

From that point the Indians battled to score freely against the revitalised Australian attack, again led so admirably by the indefatigable Bruce Reid.

Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri became more frustrated and Azharuddin fell to a fine catch by Geoff Marsh in the deep to Stephen Waugh while attempting to push the run rate beyond four an over.

In the end, Gavaskar became the mainstay of the innings with 52, including successive sixes over mid-on off Matthews.

Just when he seemed poised to take the initiative from the Australians, he attempted a second run after Matthews had parried rather than gathered the ball and was smartly run out by David Boon.

Some lusty hitting by Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma enabled India to reach 222, an eminently attainable target on such a small ground.

The Australians, who won the toss, managed only 47 overs, the same as delivered by India at Jaipur.

However, there was no suggestion that Border deliberately slowed the tempo as a reprisal for the "go-slow" tactics he claimed Dev adopted on Sunday.

Reid finished with two for 37 from his 10 overs and again was the most impressive of the Australian bowlers. But for two catching lapses by the Australians, India may have been hard-pressed to reach 200.



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