On a rain hit Friday in Nagpur, the Indian team sparkled out the match with their performance in the second T20I with the Australians. The match was reduced to an eight over one because of rain. The Australian team made a score of 90 runs on 5 wickets whereas the Indian team won the match with a score of 92/4 and even four balls to spare.
Chasing a target of 91, Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 46 steered India to a six-wicket win in the second T20I at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur where the match was held on Friday. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday, right from bringing in Axar Patel for the Powerplay over to driving his team’s chase, the skipper aced it all in the match. He displayed a range of shots as he creamed the Australian attack and carried his bat as India defeated Australia by six wickets at the stadium. The India captain 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 field whereas Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fire Australia to a 90 for five earlier in the first inning of the match.
The brave call from Sharma to introduce Patel in the second over, which was the last over of powerplay moved the Australian players. The efforts of Axar were complemented by Jasprit Bumrah who was playing the shortest format after 73 days. Bumrah’s presence in the match was a much needed incentive.
In the second inning after losing Hardik Pandya in an important over from Pat Cummins, Rohit Sharma (46 not out) played a magnificent square-cut that meant India needed just 10 runs from the last over with four wickets down. Karthik, coming out to bat in the final over of the 8-over match needed to score 9 runs against Daniel Sams, and showed his class range hitting skills again. Once again, Dinesh Karthik displayed his finishing act with a six and a four to level the series and bring it to a 1-1.
Playing XI of Australian team
Aaron Finch(c), Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Sean Abbott, Tim David, Pat Cummins, Matthew Wade(w), Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood
Playing XI of the Indian team
Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Harshal Patel, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal
The India vs Australia 3rd T20 match is all set to take place on 25 September 2022, Sunday at 7 pm IST. The match is set to be played in Rajiv Gandhi International Hyderabad Stadium in Hyderabad. It will be live streamed on Star Sports as well as on OTT platform Hotstar.