India’s tour of Australia got the most unexpected start with visitors losing the first T20I by mere four runs. However, Australian batsman Ben McDermott said his side would have the edge over India in the third and final T20 International in Sydney.
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan scored a vital 76 runs, and Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant added a 50-plus run stand. Ben McDermott feels it would be difficult to snatch the last game from the team like India. They had been in prolific form since Asia Cup 2018.
Good opportunity for Australia to seal the series.
“It is not every day you have the opportunity to win a series for Australia (against a team like India). We’re doing the right things and we’ve got one win on the board, we just need that one more,” McDermott said after the match in which Australia posted 132/7 in 19 overs.
In addition to, the target was revised to 137 in 19 overs for India. Then it was curtailed to 90 in 11 overs and finally, it was 46 from five overs. Meanwhile, Ben McDermott played an impressive knock of 32 runs to help Aussies get past the 130 plus landmark.
“It was very frustrating especially with the rain following us around (in all T20 matches). We had set ourselves up nicely for the 19th over but we lost momentum with Jasprit Bumrah bowling the 18th over. But overall it was very frustrating night being on and off with rain,” said McDermott.
Australia was lucky to get away in the second match.
Australia didn’t find it easy and had a poor start in the second game. They lost their three wickets within the powerplay, and then Ben McDermott and Nathan Coulter-Nile added some vital runs in the end. The top order failed to score runs, and thus they couldn’t post a huge total as they had done in Brisbane.
“Three down in the power play as opposed to one the other day made the difference. We saw at the Gabba we were 1 for 38, which isn’t a massive power play, but we only lost one wicket, so I think that was the main talking point,” he said. “If we’re building a big total then we need to get those guys (Australian top-order) batting for longer periods of time. They’re some of the best batters in the world,” he added.
India and Australia will face off against each other on November 25 (Sunday) for the final T20I.