The Indian team was seen training hard ahead of the Bangalore T20 matches for India vs Australia series. The hosts are 0-1 down in the two-match T20I series and they would like to make a comeback into the series. Australia had won the first match by three wickets in a thrilling contest in the Vizag T20I. India had posted 126 runs after Aaron Finch had won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Meanwhile, KL Rahul who made a comeback into the Indian team scored a fine knock of 50 runs off just 36 balls. The flamboyant right-hander scored six fours and one six in his blistering innings.

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India will like to level the series.

However, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and veered off the track. Furthermore, MS Dhoni could not provide the finishing touches to the innings. Dhoni chewed 37 balls for 29 runs as he could not get his timing right.

On the other hand, Australia was reeling at 5-2 after Marcus Stoinis was run-out. Moreover, Australian skipper Aaron Finch was dismissed for a golden duck when he was plumbed in front by Jasprit Bumrah.

However, Glenn Maxwell played a counter-attacking inning as he scored 56 runs from 43 balls. The combative right-hander scored six fours and two sixes in his knock. Australia’s southpaw D’Arcy Short scored a run-a-ball 37. In fact, the guests were cruising at one stage but fumbled in the fag end of the innings.

India vs Australia 2019, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah
Yuzvendra Chaha, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah train. Credits: BCCI Twitter

Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant penultimate over to get back his team in the contest. 16 runs were needed in the final two overs but Bumrah conceded only two runs and picked two wickets in the 19th over. However, Umesh Yadav could not defend 14 runs in the final over as Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson held their nerves to get their team over the finishing line.

The second T20I will take place at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium on 27th February.

Here are the pictures of India’s Practice session:

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