India Vs Australia Second T20 Report and other highlights:
- Australia won by 7 wickets to win the series 2-0
- Chasing India’s 191, Australia reached the target in 19.4 overs, making 194
- With the win, Australia won their first ever white ball series in India. The focus now shifts to the 5 match ODI series
Sent in to bat first in the pivotal second T20 encounter, India led by Virat Kohli’s 72 did everything right with the bat before eventually floundering with the ball. Putting on a mammoth 191 run target for the visitors, India’s bowling line-up was ineffective, lacklustre in its approach, allowing Australia to comfortably open their arms and reach the requite target in 49.4 overs with 7 wickets to spare.
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Coming back to India Vs Australia Second T20 Report, while Rohit left out of the match and Dhawan brought into the side for a match that India knew they had to win at any cost, the side knew that on a wicket extremely conducive for batting scoring anything in the region of 180 was going to be a must.
Going about crafting an innings similar to the series opener, India got off to a cautious start, an approach they could afford to adopt in the early part of the innings. With the Australian pacers’ shown respect in the first couple of overs, India was gifted loose balls, one they needed no second invitation to get after to up the ante and reach a healthy 61 in 7 overs before the first wicket fell of Rahul.
From there on it was all about Virat Kohli for India with the Indian captain stepping out in the middle and grabbing the match by its scruff. Playing an inning around which the rest of the batting line-up revolved, Kohli’s sixth half-century against Australia in T20 was a mesmerizing one, a stroke-filled affair as he creamed the ball effortlessly to all parts of the ground.
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While Kohli was well on his way to churning out a masterclass inning, the talking point of the match came after Dhawan was given out to a dubious decision. As Stoinis picked up his catch, replays showed there was a clear bump before the fielder had fully gotten his fingers around it but to everyone’s surprise, the third umpire failed to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision. It was a baffling decision, one of many that have struck international cricket in recent times, with the umpiring standards stooping right before the world cup.
India went onto lose 3 quick wickets, seeing them lose their way once again against the Australian spinners with 61-0 taking no tie in becoming 74-3. From there onwards, Kohli and Dhoni got about to stick a 100 run stand, one that ensured the side faced no further hurdles in notching up a daunting target for Australia.
As Kohli (72) showed his expansive range of shots, Dhoni (47) at the other end stayed along with him, with the pair taking on Australia’s bowling in rampant style. A massive six off Kohli off the final ball of the delivery was a perfect way to wrap up a scintillating inning, one that left India the happier of the two sides going into the break.
India continued its flawless touch into the second innings as well with Kohli’s decisive captaincy seeing the side pick up two quick wickets. Stoinis and Finch, two players who’ve stumbled shambolically this series, departed with the score at 22-3 but unfortunately for the hosts that was the last success, they tasted in the match.
India’s spinners were lackluster, repeating all the mistakes of the first match as they allowed Australia’s third and fourth wicket stand to come to fruition and flourish, seeing India lose the battle in the middle overs. The two together went for a combined 70 runs from 8 overs, returning unsuccessful as Maxwell reached a century, one that took the match away from India with D’Arcy Short (40) and Handscomb (20) chipping in with contributions as well.