Smith is now ‘batting with more finesse’ than hitting the ball hard. He scored 104 off 64 balls and was awarded the Player of the Match in the second ODI in Sydney.
After opening bowlers David Warner (83) and Aaron Finch (60) gave Australia a massive total of 389/4 in their 50 overs.
The hosts won the match by 51 runs and took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
“I am good with ball one. This is another great foundation that Finch and Davey have established. It just sums up the conditions and what’s in front of you. Against India, you have to make big money. Fortunately, it’s out. I’m batting now. I tried to slog the ball a couple of weeks ago. It (records) don’t keep me up, the team is happy to score some runs. The boys were great on the field too, “Smith said at the end of the game.
India have been behind eight deliveries since the start of the chase, and Virat Kohli (89) and K.L. Only Rahul (76) can save some pride with the bat at hand. In the end, Australia won by 51 runs.
Prior to that, Steve Smith and David Warner had scored 104 and 83 respectively, as Australia scored 389/4 against India. Australia decided to bat first and once again Warner and Aaron Finch hit Indian bowlers around the park. Both batters crossed their 50-run mark, and for the third consecutive year in one-day cricket, they shared a partnership of more than 100 runs.
In the final eight overs, Laubuschagne and Maxwell added 93 to Australia’s total, which resulted in the team totaling more than 380 runs. If Laubuschagne is dismissed after a 70-run knock, Maxwell remains unbeaten on 63.
The final and third ODI of the series will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.