Axar Patel, Ben McDermott
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India National Cricket Team left-arm spinner Axar Patel castled the Australia National Cricket Team batsman Ben McDermott in the fourth T20I of the five-match series at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Friday, December 1.

The 29-year-old spinner has been economical with the ball in the ongoing series against the Aussies. Before today’s game, he registered bowling figures of 0/32, 1/25 and 1/37. He bettered his performance in the fourth T20I and finished his spell with an outstanding bowling figures of 3/16.

Axar Patel picked up the wickets of Travis Head, Aaron Hardie and Ben McDermott in the match. He dismissed McDermott on the second ball of the 12th over. The spinner bowled a short-length delivery, which was slow in the air. McDermott wanted to smash a boundary and he went for a big slog. He missed the ball completely and saw his stumps getting rattled. The Aussie batsman scored 19 runs off 22 balls, with one four and was back in the hut leaving Australia tottering at 87/4.

Watch: Axar Patel Castles Ben McDermott

Batting first, Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad provided the side with a good start. However, after their dismissal, India lost quick wickets before Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma played absolutely outstanding innings to help India post a good total on the board.

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The Men In Blue scored 174 runs at the loss of 9 wickets. For Australia, Ben Dwarshuis was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged a three-wicket haul. Jason Behrendorff and Tanveer Sangha got two wickets each while Aaron Hardie got one wicket.

Chasing the target, the Australian batters just couldn’t get going. Travis Head was the only one who dominated the Indian bowling attack and other than him no batter was able to play confident cricket. At the end of the 18th over, they were at 135/7.

Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Aaron Hardie, Tim David, Matthew Short, Matthew Wade(w/c), Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Green, Jason Behrendorff, Tanveer Sangha

India (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar

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