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Recent Match Report – Australia vs India 2nd T20I 2022

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India Won 92 to 4 (Rohit 46*, Zampa 3-16) Australia 90 for 5 (Wade 43*, Finch 31, Axar 2-13) with six wickets

Rohit Sharma smashed four, four and six on his unbeaten tally of 20 balls and 46 to help India overhaul Australia’s 90-5 in an over-eight contest in Nagpur. The win means the series is now tied 1-1 with the T20I final to be held in Hyderabad on Sunday.

A wet patch on the field, thanks to Thursday’s rain, delayed the start by two and a half hours. Even when the stewards decided to go ahead, they did so by saying ‘although the conditions are not ideal, they are safe to play’.

India, buoyed by the return of Jaspreet Bumrah, put Australia in the center after winning the draw. With each throw allowed for up to two, they didn’t need a sixth bowling option. So they decide to strengthen their strike, and bring the Rishabh Pant for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Aaron Finch’s 15-ball 31 and Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 20-ball 43 led the visitors to a competitive total even though Axar Patel received only 13 from his two sets. However, India had the advantage of knowing the target. While Adam Zampa threatened to derail their chase with three quick wickets, Rohit remained calm to see his side through.

Finch shines away, and Wade ensures a strong finish
Hardik Pandya, who bowled his first round of roles, found some action in the air. But as expected in a short game, Finch paid little attention to the circumstances and got the second ball over the goalkeeper’s head for four.

The second time around, Cameron Greene was off going for a quick single before Axar hit Glenn Maxwell’s middle torso with an arm ball. The left spinner will do the same for Tim David on his next run to keep Australia in check.

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Finch was able to hit Yuzvendra Chahal for six straight between two Axar groups, but he had no answer to the scorching yorker of Bumrah causing his leg to flatten. In fact, Finch ended up applauding the bowler after being fired.

It took Wade some time—he was seven in seven—before hitting Harshall Patel for two quarters in the sixth inning. But it was the final that really lifted Australia as Harshall struggled to get his proper height. Wade contributed 18 out of 19 hits from the last six balls, pulling two short balls over the leg side boundary and carving out a full, high toss on deep cover.

Rohit drags her to India
Chasing 91, Rohit and K.L. Rahul sped away from the blocks. Rohit pulled Josh Hazelwood for sixty in the opening and crowned Rahul with six flicks of his own. The next time, Rohit hooked Pat Cummins for six more people, leaving India needing 62 of the six sums.

Zampa tied them up again by capturing three wickets – Rahul and Virat Kohli were throwing, and Suryakumar Yadav was lbw for the first ball duck. But Rohit found four times in a row from Sean Abbott to keep the demand rate under control.

Hardek fell for a 9-ball running shot but Rohit drove the last ball into the seventh goal, by throwing Cummins, behind the point. With India needing nine men from the final, Karthik hit Daniel Sams behind his square leg for a six and then pulled a short ball slower between the midfield deep and the deep square leg to take the win.

Hemant Brar is sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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