IND vs AUS Live Score: After facing lots of criticism for displaying a poor performance in the first T20I, the Men in Blue shut their critics by bouncing back in the second T20I against Australia on Friday. Rohit Sharma & Co displayed a clinical performance by defeating Australia by six wickets in a rain-curtailed eight-over match in Nagpur.
Finch-Wade heroics guides Australia to a huge total
The match was delayed by two & a half hours due to drizzles in Nagpur. However, finally, the match resumed around 9.30 but was reduced to eight overs per side with powerplay reduced to two overs. Batting first, Australians as usual were in an astute form. Aaron Finch & Cameron green helped Australia to get off to a good start. However, Virat Kohli dismissed Green for run-out off Axar Patel’s delivery in the second over. Axar struck again in the same over to send Maxwell back to the pavilion for just 0.
There was no stopping for Axar who struck again in the fourth over to dismiss Tim David (2), reducing Australia to 31-3 in four overs. Aaron Finch was going strong at one end. He played a beautiful knock of 31 runs off 15 balls before Bumrah dismissed him in the 5th over, reducing Australai to 46 for 4.
At this point, Australia was in dire need of some crucial runs to post a challenging total on board. And Matthew Wade exactly did that by playing a meticulous knock of 43 runs off 20 balls. He smashed Indian bowlers across the park for four fours & three sixes. He stayed unbeaten till the end & helped Australia to reach 90 runs in the allotted 8 overs.
For India Axar Patel starred with the ball by returning with figures of 2 for 13. Jasprit Bumrah who made a comeback with the second T20I too returned with a wicket.
Rohit’s blistering 46* did the Job for India
In reply, India got off to a spectacular start with skipper Rohit Sharma going blastic right in the first over of their innings. Rohit adopted an aggressive approach by scoring 20 runs in the first over. Kl Rahul too pressed the accelerator & smashed a six off Josh Hazlewood’s delivery. Rohit hit some meaty shots & scored 10 runs in the second over. Australia then introduced Adam Zampa in the bowling attack. And the Australian handed his side with their first breakthrough by dismissing KL Rahul in the third over for 10 runs. Virat along with Rohit took India over the 50-run mark in the fourth over.
However, Zampa returned in the fifth over & dismissed Virat Kohli (11) & Suryakumar Yadav (0) off consecutive deliveries, reducing India to 55-3 in five overs. Wickets kept falling at one end, but Rohit was going strong at the other end. He got the better of Australian batters by smashing them all across the aprk. Hardik provided the skipper with the much-needed support & together the duo brought the equation to 23 off 12 balls. Cummins took the charge for Australia & dismissed Hardik in the seventh over for 9 runs. But till that time the damage was already done as India needed just 9 runs off 6 balls.
Dinesh Karthik then did what he is known for, taking India home without any difficulty. He smashed a four & a six on consecutive balls to chase the target in 7.2 overs registering a six-wicket win. Rohit Sharma stayed unbeaten & played a valorous knock of 46-run off 20 balls in an innings embellished with four fours & four sixes.
For Australia, Adam Zampa starred with the ball by returning with figures of 3 for 16. Pat Cummins too contributed by scalping one wicket.
IND vs AUS Live Score: Brief Scores
Australia 90-5 in 8 overs (Matthew Wade 43*, Aaron Finch 31; Axar Patel 2-16) India 92-4 in 7.2 overs (Rohit Sharma 46*, Adam Zampa 3-16)
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