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IND vs AUS 2nd T20I Live Score: Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness status will be a matter of attention when an out of sorts Indian team will look at course correction options against Australia in the second T20 International and strive to keep the three-match series alive, here Friday.
Bumrah, who has been out of action since the end of England tour, skipped the Asia Cup due to back injury.
However, to everyone’s surprise, the team management didn’t play him during the high-scoring first T20I in Mohali, raising doubts whether he has still attained peak fitness or not. Read More
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India won the toss and opted to bowl as Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fire Australia to a challenging 90 for five against India in the rain-hit second T20 International here.
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 wet outfield due to overnight rain reduced the match to a 8 overs-a-side contest.
Australia looked to put up a show for the capacity crowd at the VCA stadium but Axar Patel (2/13 in 2 overs) snapped two wickets in an impressive spell to leave them at 31 for 3.
Meanwhile India were in hot pursuit and made it very clear what they meant as openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul slammed three sixes in the very first over. Meanwhile Adam Zampa managed to remove Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in the same over, and suddenly the hosts were staring down the barrel when Hardik Pandya was dismissed by Pat Cummins. But finisher Dinesh Karthik kept his calm and hit a six and four to finish things off for India which meant they had levelled the 3-match series 1-1 with skipper Rohit Sharma leading from the front with 46 off 20 balls.
Short ball and pulled away by DK for FOUR. That’s it, India win by 6 wickets and level three match series in style here. Finisher DK does the job and alongside Rohit Sharma saves the day for India. The Nagpur crowd goes berserk! IND 91/4
SIX! DK swings and finds the maximum and the equation is down to 3 off 5 balls. This is India’s match.
Beautiful shot, lovely timing and a boundary off Rohit to end the over. That would ease the pressure. So India need 9 off last over. Ind 82/4(7)
WICKET—In the air and caught. Australia are right back in this. What an over this was from Cummins. Taking the pace off the ball, and Pandya top edged it. Easy catch. India still need 14 OFF 7.
FOUR! Oh, fine shot…stand and deliver. It’s amazing how still he was. That ball was slow outside off stump and he just punished it…terrific batting. IND 75/3(6.3)
Oh, lovely shot, that was inside out from Rohit and the ball is just sailing over the fence. India need 28 off 15 as Rohit finds another BOUNDARY off the next ball as he moves to 40 off 17 balls. IND 67/3(5.4)
First ball DUCK for Suryakumar Yadav. Straight and full and the batter was looking to sweep; missed the line and he departs. IND 55/3(4.3)
FOUR–that was a top shot from Kohli, but then Zampa makes his move. Cleans up Kohli. He is gone for 11 off 6 balls. Zampa again getting Kohli! IND 51/2
FOUR! No pace off the ball and yet Kohli gets boundary. Just straight batted that one through long off. FIFTY up for India. IND 51/1(4)
FOUR–That was cheeky from Rohit Sharma. Waited and waited and then guide it through the third man. The Hitman has now moved into his thirties. IND 45/1(3.3)
WICKET-And that would mean the first blood to Australia. Adam Zampa bowling through the air and the batter was looking to slog sweep. Missed the line and gone. IND 40/1(3)
SIX! Now through the offside. Rohit Sharma giving himself some room and hitting it through long off region. The Hitman has moved to 26 off 10 balls. IND 39/0(2.4)
And one more from the Hitman. Cummins had kept him silent, but then bowls one down the leg side and Rohit just helping it through the leg side. Third six off Rohit and fourth for India. IND 28/0(1.4)
SIX–And now KL Rahul joins the party. That was full and straight and KL just brought his bottom hand into the play, whipping it through the legside. IND 20/0(1)
SIX! Rohit Sharma gets hold of that and whacks it over the legside. He was anticipating this line from Hazlewood and got in position quickly. And then, he slams another SIX off the next ball…12 runs off 2 balls. IND 13/0(0.4)
That’s gone. So no runs off the last ball as Australia finish at 90/5 with Wade scoring 43 off just 20 balls. Furthermore, Steve Smith was run out which means India need 91 to level the series. AUS 90/5(20)
Another one…this is poor bowling as Wade smashes another SIX through the legside. He moves to 43 off 19! AUS 90/4(7.5)
SIX! Now, this time Harshal Patel bowls a full toss and Wade smashing it through the offside. In-fact, this is a no ball. This is turning out to be a brilliant over for Australia. AUS 84/4
SIX! Bang—what a shot from Matthew Wade. Short ball from Harshal and pulled away superbly. Geez, that was a powerful shot–smashed. AUS 78/4(7.2)
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To compound the team’s worries, the ‘three-and-a-half’ pronged pace attack, including Hardik Pandya, conceded 150 runs in 14 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the seasoned pro, has already been taken to cleaners. He has leaked 49 runs in the three penultimate overs (19th) that he bowled against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia.
In this backdrop, a fit and fiery Bumrah is a pre-requisite for India as the home bowlers are increasingly being found out on batting belters.
Australia, on the other hand, have looked like a well-oiled machine, despite the absence of key players such as David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh.
All-rounder Cameron Green nicely slipped into the shoes of Warner with a sizzling fifty at the top in only his second T20I, while Steven Smith and debutant Tim David also gave the team the required impetus with crucial cameos.
The experienced Matthew Wade too lived up to the finisher’s role with a stellar 45 not out off 21 and India will have to pull up their socks to stop Australia from going on a rampage.
Australia, however, would hope for a more disciplined show from their bowling unit after the pace trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Green bled runs in Mohali.
IND vs AUS Possible Starting XI:
India Predicted Starting Line-up: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Australia Predicted Line-up: Aaron Finch (c), Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Daniel Sams, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
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