Aaron Hardie, Axar Patel

Axar Patel is turning up the battle in the ongoing 4th T20I against Australia. The match between the teams is taking place at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur. 

India managed 174 runs with the bat and it seemed that Australia would pave their way to an easy victory with the start they got. However, Axar Patel has been the man of the moment for his team as he has picked wickets at regular intervals to keep his side in the hunt. 

Aaron Hardie, who came to bat at No.4, looked in good touch and brought a sense of calm to the dressing room. However, his stay at the crease was cut short by Axar Patel, who produced a peach to send the batter packing for a low total. 

Axar bowled a slow delivery and got the ball to curve in with a round-arm angle. Aaron Hardie tried to sweep the ball but got deceived by the lack of pace. He missed the ball completely and it hit the middle and off.

Aaron Hardie scored 8 runs off 9 balls. His wicket left Australia tottering at 52/3. Axar Patel provided his team with the breakthrough early on as well. The all-rounder removed dangerous Travis Head (31) and brought his side back into the game after a brutal start by Australia. 

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IND vs AUS: Axar Patel Removes Ben McDermott with a peach 

After removing Aaron Hardie, Axar Patel continued his dominance over Australian batters as he removed Ben McDermott with the peach. He castled his stumps with the staggering delivery and the batter had no clue to it. 

Axar Patel bowled a slightly short delivery that was slow in the air on off stump. Ben McDermott looked to slog over mid-wicket and lost his shape completely. The ball kept a fraction low and hit the top of off. This was all-rounder’s third wicket in the day and he finished with the figures of 3/16 in his quota of four overs.

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