IND beat AUS in 2nd T20: Kohli’s men win T20 series, beat Australia by six wickets

IND vs AUS 2nd T20 result: Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer chased down 37 runs from the final three overs as India defeated Australia by six wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series on Sunday here at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

With this win, India gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Batting first, Australia once again piled on the misery on Indian bowlers and the side posted a total of 194 owing to knocks of 58 and 46 from Matthew Wade and Steve Smith. No Indian bowler apart from T Natarajan was able to leave his mark in the match and dropping catches did not help the visitor’s cause.

India did manage to remain on track throughout the whole chase as Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli played knocks of 52 and 40 respectively. In the final overs, Hardik (42*) and Shreyas (12*) managed to hit big shots to take Men in Blue over the line by six wickets and two balls to spare.

Chasing 195, India got off to a brisk start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul put on 56 runs in the first five overs. However, it was Andrew Tye who provided the much-needed breakthrough to Australia as he dismissed Rahul (30) in the sixth over.

Skipper Kohli then joined Dhawan in the middle and the duo put on 39 runs for the second wicket, but during the stint of this partnership, the run-rate slowed down considerably, and in trying to look for a release shot, Dhawan (52) ended up losing his wicket to Adam Zampa in the 12th over. Sanju Samson played a brief knock of 15 runs from 10 balls, but in trying to increase the pace, he lost his wicket to Mitchell Swepson, reducing India to 120/3 in the 14th over.

With India needing 46 runs from the final overs, Daniel Sams got the key wicket of Kohli (40) in the 16th over, pegging the visitors back. In the 18th over, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya managed to get 12 runs and as a result, the visitors needed 25 runs off the final two overs.

In the final over, Pandya and Shreyas managed to get the job done and as a result, India achieved a victory by six wickets.

Earlier, Matthew Wade and Steve Smith played knocks of 58 and 46 respectively to take Australia’s total to 194/5 in the allotted twenty overs.

Sent into bat first, Australia got off to a quickfire start as openers Wade and D’Arcy Short put on 47 runs inside the first five overs. Looking for a breakthrough, Kohli introduced T Natarajan into the attack, and the left-armer did not disappoint as he dismissed Short (9) in the fifth over.

Wade was looking set for a big score, but a bad mixup in the middle with Steve Smith resulted in the left-handed batsman being sent to the pavilion in the eighth over, reducing Australia to 75/2. Glenn Maxwell then came to the crease and he joined Smith in the middle to put together a quickfire stand of 45 runs for the third wicket.As soon as Australia started to gain an upper hand, Shardul Thakur dismissed Maxwell (22) in the 13th over reducing Australia to 120/3.

Smith departed after playing a knock of 46 runs, but in the final over, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams added 17 more runs to the total, taking Australia’s score past the 190-run mark.

Brief Scores: Australia 194/5 (Matthew Wade 58, Steve Smith 46, T Natarajan 2-20); India 195/4 (Shikhar Dhawan 52, Virat Kohli 40, Mitchell Swepson 1-25)


FULL Ind vs Aus 2nd T20 highlight

17:31: Hardik Pandya, Player of the Match: It’s very simple. I like to look at the scoreboard and play so that I know which bowlers to target. I have been in these situations many times and I learnt from my mistakes in the past. My game is always around the confidence which I carry, it has that fine line where I back myself and not become overconfident. I always remember all those times when we chased big totals and it helps. They were batting really well and we wanted to be positive and Special mention to Natarajan as well. I thought he should be the Man of the Match, because the bowlers struggled here and he had a really good game.

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Hardik: I felt (we were) two good hits (away), quite happy. More than the six I wanted to finish the game. The whole five games, I’ve been trying to figure out which bat to bat with. This one looks alright.

16:58: Daniel Sams to Kohli, out Caught by Wade!!

Nicked and gone! Smart bowling from Daniel Sams, took the pace off and bowled it well wide of off

16:52: After 15 overs, 141/3

Exactly the kind of over India was waiting for. 18 runs in Andrew Tye’s over have shifted the momentum completely in the visitors favour.

16:46: Swepson to Samson, out Caught by Smith!!; After 14 overs, 123/3

The ‘Samson show’ comes to an end. He was down the pitch, looking for a fullie but Swepson’s bowled it quick and short outside off.

16:36: Zampa to Dhawan, out Caught by Swepson!!

Australian spinners have been too good and finally some reward for Zampa. Loops it up nicely and lures Dhawan into playing a slogsweep, massive top-edge and the fielder at deep mid-wicket had all the time in the world to settle under it. Wade is chuffed to bits and so are the rest of his mates.

16:32: Dhawan brings up his 11th 50

16:24: After 10 overs, 86/1

India are in a comfortable situation, courtesy of Dhawan and Rahul’s blitz in the powerplay. But they need to continue the momentum, if they wish to have an easy win.

16:18: Highlight from Powerplay; After 8 overs, 73/1

Powerplay done. India 1 for 60. Australia were 1 for 59.

16:10: Tye to Rahul, OUT; After 6 overs, 60/1

Caught at deep point! Tye goes with the 118kph knuckle ball and deceives Rahul. It was fuller outside off, he tried to loft over cover-point but got under it too much, it went a long way in the air but Swepson held his nerve on the rope and took a good catch

15:53: After 3 overs, 24/0

KL Rahul, Dhawan have given Mathew Wade like start to India. They need to continue all this, if Men in Blue wish to seal the series.

15:40: Rahul and Dhawan are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Daniel Sams will open the attack

15:20: So Australia manage to get just over a 100 in the second half of their innings, which is a decent effort given how India pulled things back in the middle overs. India need 195 to win..

15:10: Chahal equals Bumrah’s record

Chahal is now the highest-wicket in T20 along with Bumrah with 59 wickets.

15:09: Chahal to Smith, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!!

Back of a length, darted in by Chahal. It gets onto Smith quickly who miscues it from high on the bat. Should have been comfortable for Pandya at long-off running to his left. But he nearly made a meal of it. After a juggling act, he finally holds on with the third attempt.

15:01: After 17 overs, 157/3

Smith’s big hits in Chahal’s over was exactly what Australia needed. If India want to stay in the game they will have to break the Smith-Henriques partnership.

14:40: After 13 overs, 121/3

Shardul Thakur has proven costly in this match. His statement about “finding Smith’s weakness” seems to be going down the drain in this game. But that Maxwell wicket will certainly give him some relief.

14:29: Maxwell vs Chahal (T20); After 10 overs, 91/2

Maxwell vs Chahal (T20)
Ten innings
83 runs
Five dismissals
SR 153.7014:21: Washington Sundar to Wade, OUT; After 8 overs, 76/2
Wade is run out after Kohli drops the easiest catch you will ever see!

14:16: Mathew Wade hits his 2nd 50

STAT: Second 50+ score for Wade in T20I; first came against India at the same venue in 2012.

14:02: Natarajan to Short, OUT; After 4 overs, 47/1

Great catch by Iyer at deep forward square. This was a head high short ball, D’Arcy Short pulled flat and hard, he nailed it, but hit it straight to the man and Iyer had to backtrack a touch, jump up and take the catch above his head. Good catch.

13:49: After 2 overs, 22/0

Mathew Wade gives a quick start to the Aussies. It is a good thing as this would give D’Arcy Short time to settle down before he can bring his Big Bash League (BBL) form into count.

13:42: Deepak Chahar has the new ball. He was excellent in Canberra. One slip in. Wade on strike

13:33: Mathew Wade is 11th Australia men’s T20 captains

Ricky Ponting
Adam Gilchrist
Michael Clarke
Brad Haddin
Cameron White
George Bailey
Aaron Finch
Steve Smith
Shane Watson
David Warner
Matthew Wade

13:13: India have won the toss and have elected to bowl first against Australia

Australia (Playing XI): D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade(w/c), Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye

India (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal

Matthew Wade | Australia captain: Finch, Hazlewood, Starc are out. Sams, Stoinis and Tye are in

Kohli: We will bowl first. Pitch looked really nice. They are missing Aaron Finch today, so we want to restrict them and chase it down. Chahal replaces Jadeja. Thakur replaces Shami. Iyer in for Pandey.

12:59: India is all set, Team hurdle ahead of the game

12:49: What can we expect today?

The pitches at the SCG for the first two ODIs had a lot of runs in them but were uneven towards the end of the second match. The likes of Henriques, Chahar and Natarajan thrived on the up and down nature of the Canberra pitch, and while you’d expect the power-hitters on both sides to take charge, it might not necessarily be a game with big scores.