Starc led an inspired pace attack, taking five wickets and helping Australia bowl India out for 117 runs. This was India’s third lowest score against Australia.
Chasing India’s 117, openers Marsh and Head made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack and helped Australia to victory in only 11 overs.
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India won the first ODI by 5 wickets.
Australia won the second ODI to level the three-match ODI series at 1-1.
The third and final ODI will be played on Wednesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
A ferocious Mitchell Marsh hit an unbeaten 66 off 36 balls – an innings that included six sixes – while Travis Head scored an unbeaten 51 to get the tourists over the finish line.
Earlier, Starc shocked India when he sent back Shubman Gill for a duck in the very first over of the match after Australia decided to bowl first.
The Indian innings lasted just 26 overs, with the pacers aided by swing and seam after overnight rain.
Back-to-back strikes from Starc to dismiss skipper Rohit Sharma for 13 and then Suryakumar Yadav, who got out for a second straight first-ball duck, put India on the back foot.
KL Rahul hit a hat-trick, but it took just 11 more balls before he fell leg before wicket to Starc, who returned figures of 4-31 in his first spell of six overs.
Skipper Steve Smith took a brilliant one-handed catch at first slip to dismiss Hardik Pandya for a single off three wicket-taker Sean Abbott.
Smith went full to his right and was in the air when he took the catch at one end off Pandya, with social media praising his “Superman” effort.
Virat Kohli attempted to make a comeback for India with a score of 31 which included four fours, before he was trapped in front of Nathan Ellis.
Wickets kept falling and India’s woes were compounded when Ravindra Jadeja, the hero of Friday’s first match in Mumbai, scored 16 off Ellis.
Starc ended the innings with five wickets in his ninth ODI. Akshar Patel, who came in the team in place of Shardul Thakur, remained unbeaten after scoring two sixes.
(With inputs from AFP)