Indian cricket team’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored a match-winning 22-ball 44 after a solid 56-run opening stand from KL Rahul (30) and veteran Shikhar Dhawan (52) to help India beat Australia by six wickets at the SCG in Sydney. With this win, India seal the three-match T20 series 2-0 against the Aussies. Pandya hammered the winning six with 2 balls remaining of the last over. Sensational young speedster T Natarajan was India’s pick of bowlers. The Tamil Nadu-born picked 2 wickets for just 20 runs in his 4 overs.
After winning the first match in Canberra, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first. Australia had set a target of 195 runs to win in front of India. Chasing a mammoth 195-run target set by Australia, team India’s fiery wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul (30) and veteran Shikhar Dhawan (52) stitched a solid 56-run opening stand to help their team get a dreamy start and get some good runs inside the powerplay.
IND vs AUS: Matthew Wade’s Fifty Help Australia Set 195-run Target For India
After winning the first match in Canberra, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first. Australia had set a target of 195 runs to win in front of India. In the absence of Aaron Finch, stand-in skipper Matthew Wade scored a hasty 58 for Australia while Smith contributed with a valuable 46. Young sensational speedster T. Natarajan proved to be the best bowler for the Indian team. He ended his spell by taking 2 wickets for just 20 runs.
Wade, who came down as an opener in place of Finch, started in a stormy manner. Australia got 14 runs in the very first over of Deepak Chahar. After this, Wade continued his attacking stance on Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur.
Ind vs Aus: T Natarajan continues to impress with his remarkable bowling form
However, T. Natarajan once again brought great success to the team. On the ball of Natarajan, Darcy Short (9) was caught trying to pull. Shreyas Iyer took a great catch at the boundary. Before being dismissed, Australia had added 47 runs in 4.3 overs for the first wicket. In the Powerplay, Australia scored 59 runs losing just 2 wickets.
Despite this, Wade continued his vigorous batting and scored a brilliant half-century in just 25 balls. This was only the second half-century of Wade’s T20 career and both times he struck a fifty against India. However, after this he could not make the innings big and was run out after scoring 58 runs. In his innings, Wade hit 10 fours and 1 six.