INDIA CLINCH THE SERIES
Hardik Pandya slams two massive sixes in the final over with India needing 14 to take them over the line. Shreyas Iyer too struck a crucial six and four against Zampa to keep India abreast in the 18th over. But Pandya gives the finishing touches in the final couple of overs overcoming the wide-outside-off plans and taking India to a run of 10 unbeaten T20I games.
WICKET: Kohli becomes Sams’ maiden wicket
The Indian skipper gives charge and flays at a delivery angled across and wide, gets a thick edge through to the keeper and falls after a quickfire 40. The chase gets tighter.
WICKET: Zampa gets rid of Dhawan
Soon after the fifty, Dhawan tries to go after Zampa but top edges a slog sweep that is taken well at deep square leg. India lose their second wicket on 95.
Fifty for Dhawan
He’s got there off 34 balls ut India’s run-rate has just taken a small dip after their breakneck start. Both Kohli and Dhawan would look at taking a few more chances through the middle overs to make sure that the target doesn’t get beyond reach.
WICKET: KL Rahul is the first casuality
He tries to take on Andrew Tye but manages to only slice a big hit to sweeper cover. Falls after a 22-ball 30 in a 56-run opening stand.
Openers start off at breakneck speed
Dhawan and KL Rahul have put paid Australia’s best laid plans in the powerplay. They’ve taken risks that have come off and raced away to a 50-run stand in just five overs.
INNINGS BREAK: Australia finish with an imposing 194
Steve Smith and Moises Henriques fell in quick succession but all the Australian batsmen managed to chip in with cameos including those who came in late like Marcus Stoinis and debutant Daniel Sams. That has helped Australia to an imposing total. And has given them a good chance of equalizing in this series.
WICKET: Maxwell falls after cameo
A slower ball from Shardul Thakur does the trick. Maxwell had raced away to 22 from his first 13 deliveries, but this time slices it high up and straight to backward point. Australia still have a healthy run-rate close to 10 and look set for a powerful finish.
WICKET: Wade falls for 58
The wicket has come in rather comically dramatic manner. Wade gets a leading edge off Sundar and sees the ball ballooning to Kohli at short cover. He runs down the pitch with eyes on the ball and presumes Kohli takes it. But the Indian skipper juggles and drops (yet another) catch. But he’s quick to recover and throw the ball to KL Rahul who runs Wade out with the batsman yards out in his attempted return.
India lose a review
Deepak Chahar foxes Steve Smith with slower one and hits him in the box. India take a review in optimism but see the tracker predicting its path over the stumps.
Fifty for Wade
He’s raced away to a stroke-filled fifty with 10 fours and a six. The boundary count tells a story in itself. Wade has come out with a purposeful plan and it’s all coming off very well so far.
\WICKET: Short falls to Natarajan
An excellent jumping catch from Shreyas Iyer at deep mid wicket brings India and Natarajan their first wicket. End of a 46-run opening stand.
Skipper on a mission
Matthew Wade has done the first part of his job as stand-in skipper perfectly. He’s also filling in as opener in the absence of Warner and Finch and has ensured that their absence is not felt. Australia have raced away in the powerplay with Wade leading the attack against Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar.
Toss: India opt to bowl
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
India have a good chance of clinching the series in Sydney after a confidence-boosting win in the opening game. Australia are already grappling with some challenges with regards to their personnel. Even as they wait on the news on Aaron Finch’s fitness, Mitchell Starc has decided to pull out of the rest of the series on personal grounds. Meanwhile, India are likely to be only bolstered ifthey decide to bring back Jasprit Bumrah. All the team details coming up soon at the toss. Stay tuned.