Aaron Finch might struggle to find form off his bat; he must be a happy now, as Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten hundred has helped Austalia win the second T20I against India in Bengaluru. Courtesy his knock; the Aussies have inflicted a whitewash on the hosts – winning the two-match T20Is 2-0. Though the India National Cricket Team scored a mammoth 190 for four in 20 overs, they couldn’t stop Maxwell and Australia to grab the headlines and take the game home. At the post-match presentation, Finch said he couldn’t get more delighted.
Virat Kohli shines; Glenn Maxwell takes honours
Virat Kohli could be the star of the day for the Indian team but the night was all about Glenn Maxwell. Earlier, India batted first after losing the toss, again. Finch, who had been successful in the past game to keep the hosts quiet; just couldn’t follow the script in Bengaluru. Though India made three changes with Dhawan returning to the XI – it was KL Rahul who got India off to a great start. As he missed out on his second consecutive fifty, he had India on the rollers at least until the PP got over.
Later, with three quick wickets, the Indian team were on the backfoot. Post the tenth over, the pair of Virat and MS Dhoni began the rescue work. Though Dhoni found his lost touch in the T20Is – hitting a 40 off 23 balls; it was Virat Kohli, who struck six sixes to remain unbeaten on 72 off 38 balls. Meanwhile, India in 20 overs gave a target of 191 to the Aussies.
The visitors, like the first game, lost early wickets – giving India an advantage. Deja vu, the duo of D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell then steadied the ship – adding 73 for the third wicket. As Short got out off 40, Glenn took the onus upon himself and unleashed on the bowlers. The Victoria all-rounder not only whacked nine sixes and seven fours, but he also hit his second T20I hundred as well. As a result, Australia won the match with seven wickets in hand.
Finch speaks on winning against India –
“Anytime that you can win any kind of series against India in India is truly special. Glenn Maxwell was truly sensational tonight but I thought Adam Zampa was the difference between the two sides. To go for just 23 runs on that kind of a wicket was really remarkable. We’ve been on a journey for the last 10-11 months building upto the World Cup and there has been some pain during the journey. We’ve done well to take the blows but also have made some progress, hoping to peak at the right time for the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, both India and Australia will now play the five-match ODIs, which begins on March 2nd.