IND vs AUS: Following India’s victory in the final over of the shortened eight-overs-a-side match in Nagpur, the series will be decided in Hyderabad. The match will take place between India and Australia.
After Axar Patel’s fantastic performance with the ball, during which he took 2 for 13 wickets to restrict the opposition to 90 runs, Rohit Sharma guided the chase with an undefeated score of 46 runs off of 20 balls to bring his team to victory with four balls and six wickets to spare.
IND vs AUS: Why was there a time limit placed on the game?
The VCA Stadium in Nagpur was deluged by rain in the hours leading up to the game, which left the outfield soggy when play was initially due to begin.
Concerned about the soft footing at the bowlers’ run-up at the pavilion end of the stadium, the umpires planned two separate inspections as the groundsmen worked overtime to dry the surface. After a delay of two and a half hours, the game finally began, although by that point, 24 overs had already been forfeited.
After bringing Jasprit Bumrah back into the XI for the first time since the tour of England, Rohit won the toss and made the decision to select his team after he did so. Rishabh Pant was brought in to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar because the squad was willing to give up a bowler in order to win the shortened game. The Australian national team did the same thing when they switched Josh Inglis and Nathan Ellis out for Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott.
IND vs AUS: Axar Patel reactivates it once more
The left-arm spinner backed up his three wickets for seventeen runs in Mohali with what could be considered an even better two wickets for thirteen runs tonight from his two overs.
In the first of those overs, which occurred during the PowerPlay, he bowled an under-cutter to Glenn Maxwell, which resulted in Glenn Maxwell being out ducking.
When Australia’s quick start, led by Aaron Finch (31 off 15), was undone, the big-hitting Tim David fell victim to the same fate in his next.
IND vs AUS: In addition to that, Wade reactivates it
After Bumrah had castled Finch in the middle of Australia’s innings, leaving the batting fairly rudderless, Matthew Wade once again was the reason that Australia was able to reach a total that was competitive. He hit 43 not out off of 20 balls, and as a result, Australia reached 90. Wade was particularly vicious toward Harshal Patel, smacking three sixes and two fours off of the Indian seamer to help prop up the visitors to a respectable score.
IND vs AUS: Zampa takes Australia back into the game after a slow start
The Indian skipper started the chase by hitting three sixes in the PowerPlay, which is the first two overs. In the process, he surpassed Martin Guptill’s record of 172 sixes in men’s Twenty20 Internationals to become the player with the most sixes overall. Rohit continued to find the boundaries despite the fact that Australia’s bowlers were dishing out a steady diet of cutters to him. These cutters occasionally climbed awkwardly on to him, but other than that, they sat up perfectly to be hit.
Adam Zampa arrived on the scene just as it appeared that India would cruise to victory, and he promptly dismissed KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav in rapid succession.
IND vs AUS: The crisp closing note
When Pat Cummins used the slower ball to eliminate Hardik Pandya as well, the equation for India became a challenging 14 runs off 7 wickets. But a wide and delectably placed cut shot from Rohit changed the equation to a very gettable nine runs off of six. Dinesh Karthik needed only two balls in the last over to win India’s victory. He hit Sams for a six and a four, both off of his bowling.