IND vs AUS 2nd T20 Highlights: India win by six wickets – The Indian Express

  • September 24, 2022

India vs Australia 2nd T20 Match Highlights: Rohit Sharma displayed his six-hitting prowess with an unbeaten 46 after Axar Patel snapped two wickets in a fiery spell as India notched up a series-levelling six-wicket win over Australia in a rain hit second T20I here on Friday. The India skipper smashed four sixes and as many fours as he single-handedly helped India chase down a target of 91 with four balls to spare in a match which was reduced to eight overs a side due to a wet outfield.
Earlier, Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fire Australia to a 90 for five. Wade hit four boundaries and three towering sixes — all in the final over off Harshal Patel (0/32) — while skipper Aaron Finch hit 31 off 15 after Rohit invited Australia to bat in a match that was delayed by two-and-half hours.
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Aaron Finch: “You probably plan for a 5 over game and then a bit more to it. Rohit played brilliantly and two overs of Axar made the difference. Wade is a calm customer at the back end and he has grown into that finisher’s role. Zampa was good too.”
Rohit Sharma: “I was quite surprised as well actually. Didn’t expect to hit it like that, glad it came off. For the last 8-9 months I have been playing like that. You can’t really plan too much is such a shortened game. The bowlers had something to bowl to and we bowled well. The dew started coming in later, which is why we saw a few full tosses from Harshal. Coming back after a couple of months, the back injury can be tricky. I am not going to talk too much about how he bowled. Got us the crucial wicket. As a team we are not going to analyse too much. Just want him to come and enjoy. Axar can bowl in any stage, gives me an advantage of using the other bowlers in different situations too – maybe use the pacers in the middle overs if he bowls in the powerplay. I would like to see his batting as well. Glad DK could finish well. Been a while since he had some time in the middle. There was this thought if we should get Rishabh in but I thought Sams is going to bowl off-cutters, so I thought let DK come in and he is playing that role anyway for us. Groundsmen have been here since 1.30 pm to get the outfield ready.”
Aaron Finch: “You probably plan for a 5 over game and then a bit more to it. Rohit played brilliantly and two overs of Axar made the difference. Wade is a calm customer at the back end and he has grown into that finisher’s role. Zampa was good too.”
The pulls of Rohit Sharma were typically regal—the stroke fetched him three sixes and a four, each worthy of an essay in itself, each struck with a coating of cricketing divinity. But on the elegance-scale, two of his cut shots shaded out the pull. The first was when Daniel Sams flung one too wide and short outside the off-stump. Sharma did not throw his bat at it, he seldom does, but just extended his arms, from the crease, and just glided the ball through the vacant slips-man, fine and fast enough to beat the third-man. The next was classier. Cummins had erred slightly on the shorter side, a misdirected slower ball, and Sharma just worked the ball past backward point with nothing but a gentle swish of his wrists. The shot seemed nothing but a reluctant steer, but such was the timing that it purred along to the fence. TThe shot, off the last ball of the penultimate over, slashed the required runs to 9 off six balls. And Dinesh Karthik did the honours. But the chase had the stamp of Sharma all along—regal pulls and divine cuts.
Dinesh Karthik: “Rohit was trying to tell me this is what the bowler would do, I had my plans. As a middle order batter it is about execution. It feels good to hit the winning runs. Ro with the bat and Axar with the ball stood out, good to see Bumrah back. We need to take the momentum forward. 1-1 is a good score. You want to play those crunch games. But more importantly, we are happy to have put up a show for the crowd with no injuries.”
Six. Four. And that is it. Dinesh Karthik the finisher has finished the second T20I for India. A six wicket win for the hosts and the series is level at 1-1.
Hardik Pandya looked in supreme control early in the seventh over as he picked a slower delivery by Pat Cummins on the back foot. But the latter gets the better of him on the penultimate delivery with another slower one. Rohit Sharma finishes the over with another boundary. 13 runs off the over. With the final six deliveries remaining, India need eight runs to win.
Rohit Sharma has been ‘in the zone’ tonight. Set himself for the innings right from the first over. Has kept the run rate ticking since. Two boundaries off that Sean Abbott over. India need 22 to win off the last 12.
Back to back wickets for Australia as Adam Zampa gets Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav just after India had crossed the 50 run mark. Just seven off that fifth over. India need 33 off last 18 balls.
11 off that Daniel Sams over and after four overs look in the driving seat. Rohit Sharma, who had gone big on the leg side early in his innings has ensured that the off side doesn’t feel Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). Virat Kohli gets a boundary down the ground to get India past the 50 mark.
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Adam Zampa strikes first for Australia. KL Rahul looking to slog sweep the spinner ends up on the wrong side of ‘you miss, I hit’. Virat Kohli arrives in the middle. India, 40/1 after 3 overs.
Sandip G: After the last-ball run out, Harshal Patel slumped to the grass. He had bowled just two overs, but seemed knackered, a touch forlorn too. The emotions that flickered across his face ranged from angst to anger, helplessness as hopelessness. Until a few months ago, before his injury-forced layoff, he was India’s death-over trump card, thrifty as well as wicket-taking. But on his comeback, he has been scattergun, uncharacteristically erring in lengths and fluffing his lines. In the last two games, he has conceded eighty one runs in six overs (32 in two overs this game alone), and attained the notoriety of conceding the most sixes this year (31) by any bowler. Maybe, he is still feeling his way back to the international circuit. Maybe, those were two anomalous outings. Perhaps, he is trying too hard. But just a month and few games for the World Cup, these are worrying signs. In the end, Rohit Sharma dragged him back onto his feet and wrapped an arm of comfort around him.  Still, he seemed lost and lonely. 
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A third six for Rohit Sharma on the night. A third in the leg side, with a bit of variation. The first was a whack over long on, second a pull over square leg and this one a little more towards backward square. Good start for India this, 30/0 after two overs.
Rahul and Rohit are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Hazlewood will open the attack. And that’s the third ball flying into the night sky and in the stands as Rohit hits a huge one. Another follows as Rohit starts in vintage form!! That’s the pull shot. Rahul into the groove as he hits another six to end this over. IND 20/0 after 1 over
Sandip G: Jasprit Bumrah’s first ball upon his comeback shed signs of rust. The ball was slow and wide, the good old loosener that has almost vanished from the game. Bumrah was aghast at himself, rarely ever does he express such self-vehemence. But as the over progressed, he gathered rapid momentum, the pace and precision were re-allying with him. So much so that by the last ball, he was searing on sixth gear. The final ball of the over was a pearler—delivered from wide of the crease, the ball just kept tailing devilishly into Finch’s legs, before it located its landing strip, the base of the leg-stump. Finch, shuffling away, tried to jam his bat to avert the destiny of the ball. It was not to be, as the ball curved a bit more at supersonic pace. Yorker from hell or a ball forged in hellish fire? Even Finch could not but applaud the ball as he walked back to the pavilion. The fire and fury of the ball was irresistible.
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A slower short ball, belted into the crowd over midwicket. A high full toss outside off, dispatched over point for a six. Another slower short delivery, a comfortable pull over square leg. Matthew Wade sang his finisher’s song in Harshal Patel’s final over. 19 off it. Wade finishes with 43 off 20 deliveries. Australia finish at 90/5 in their eight overs. India will need 91 to win this one and level the series.
Two boundaries off that Jasprit Bumrah over and Australia get a total of 12 runs off it. After a slow start off Axar Patel, Matthew Wade is looking good and set for a big finish now. 71/4, with final six balls remaining. 
Even though Australia lost their captain in the fifth over, they got crucial 11 runs off it. And they have followed it with a 13 run over off Harshal Patel. 59/4, with two overs to go.
He’s back, and it only took him one over to produce what he so often has in this format. A big wicket with his best delivery. A perfectly angled in yorker to Australia’s best batter on the night so far. Aaron Finch can’t help but applaud him. We all do.
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Even Aaron Finch couldn’t help but applaud.

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Sandip G: How does an opener approach a truncated T20 game? Rather a T-8 game. There is hardly any time to get the eye in, size up the surface and gauge the bowler. Even in standard T20 games, openers are supposed to tee off from the start, not least in an eight-over-a-side game. So Aaron Finch, though he was beaten by a Hardik Pandya corker that whistled inwards and whispered away, hunkered down and tucked him over the keeper’s head. The stroke was not without wisdom though. He second-guessed that Pandya, encouraged by the lateral movement, would bowl fuller. So Finch set him up for the scoop and executed it adeptly. He sledge-hammered another four off Pandya, backing away, though bizarrely failed to utilise a full-toss and a short ball. In his alacrity to hit the ball as hard as he could, he failed to time the ball.More chaotic batting was to follow, as Finch continued to swipe, slog and swish, throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at every ball. He even switched-hit Azar Patel. The pattern was to follow, as batsmen would just land up at the crease and look to heave the bowler from ball one. How else would you approach a T-8 game?
Indian players celebrate the fall of a wicket during the 1st T20I against Australia in Mohali. (Photo: BCCI)
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, Umesh Yadav
Australia Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Josh Inglis, Nathan Ellis

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