India beat Australia by six wickets in the second T20I to clinch the three-match series with a match remaining. Chasing a mammoth total of 195, the Men in Blue crossed the finishing line with two balls remaining.
Asked to bat first, Australia finished their innings on an imposing total of 194 for 5. Stand-in skipper Matthew Wade top-scored for the hosts, scoring 58 off 32 balls while opening the innings. The likes of Steve Smith (46), Glenn Maxwell (22) and Moises Henriques (26) played crucial knocks too.
For India, T Natarajan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for just 20 off his four overs. Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal took one wickets apiece. With the bat, India crossed the line without much trouble in the end. Shikhar top-scored with 52 while skipper Virat Kohli scored 40.
In the end, Hardik Pandya’s 42-run knock made the difference. With 14 runs needed in the final over, the allrounder slammed Daniel Sams for two sixes to seal the game with a couple of balls remaining.
Here’s how Matthew Wade reacted:
Speaking at the end of the game, Matthew Wade jokingly said the hosts were enjoying themselves before Hardik Pandya came out. He also rued Australia’s failure to score more runs after the fine start. The wicketkeeper was critical of his team’s bowling performance in the death overs too.
It was good fun. Lot more fun till Hardik came out. May be a little bit short with the bat. Unfortunately we didn’t execute well towards the end with the ball,” said Matthew Wade.
“When you get a start like that you want to push but I was disappointed with the way I got out and the timing of my wicket as well. Zampa has been outstanding for the last few years. We just couldn’t execute it well in the end,” he added.