The Indian team retaliated against the loss in the ODI series against Australia and took an unassailable 2–0 lead in the T20 series. In the second T20 match of the series played in Sydney, India defeated Australia by 6 wickets.
Virat Kohli won the toss and invited Australia to bat. Hosted Australia Matthew Wade (58) helped host Australia to 194 for 5 in 20 overs. The Indian team then achieved the target by losing 4 wickets in 19.4 overs with 2 balls remaining. Hardik Pandya (42 *) scored the winning six.
Dhawan hit a half-century, started fast with Rahul
Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul gave a quick start to the Indian team that came out to chase the difficult target of 195 runs. Rahul was beaten by Andrew Tye on the team’s score of 56, who was caught by Swepson. Rahul scored 30 runs off 22 balls with the help of 2 fours and 1 six. After this, Shikhar Dhawan embarked on the 11th FIFTY of his T20 International career. He was caught by Adam Jampa off Swapson. Dhawan scored 52 runs from 36 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Virat gets out for a bad shot
Captain Virat Kohli (40) had settled for a time but was caught by a bad shot off Daniel Sam’s ball and was caught by Steve Smith. Virat hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in 24 balls. Sanju Samson scored 15 runs, hitting 1 four and 1 six off 10 balls.
Australia gave a target of 195 runs
Australia scored 194 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs thanks to a brilliant half-century innings by caretaker captain Matthew Wade. India won the toss and decided to bowl, after which Wade, who led the team in the absence of injured Aaron Finch, scored 58 off 32 balls while Steve Smith contributed 46 off 38 balls. For the guests, T Natarajan took two wickets for 20 runs in his four overs.
Wade gave a fast start, studded Fifty
India bowled tight in the middle overs but after that Australia added 62 runs in the last five overs. Wade started the Australian innings fast. Barring Yuzvendra Chahal, he made 10 boundaries and hit a six against India’s less experienced bowling attack. Wade scored 13 runs in the first over with three fours on Deepak Chahar. In the second over off off spinner Washington Sundar, he hit a six at deep square leg. Wade completed his half-century in just 25 balls with a four off Chahal’s ball.
Australia completed Fifty only in sixth over
In-form Wade welcomed Shardul Thakur from the boundary. Sundar conceded 15 runs in the fourth over and then Wade added 12 runs over Thakur allowing the hosts to complete 50 runs in the sixth over at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Natarajan was put on a bowling attack which led to Australia losing their first wicket in the form of Darcy Short. Short scored 9 runs off 9 balls with the help of 1 four.
Weed out in an interesting way
Acting captain Matthew Wade was run out in an interesting manner. Indian captain Virat Kohli gave up his easy catch on the cover and Wade ran to the other end but Steve Smith did not. So Kohli bowled towards wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul and Wade was run out. Earlier, Hardik Pandya also dropped Wade’s catch.
Smith and Maxwell added 45 runs
Steve Smith and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell led the innings with fours and sixes. Maxwell hit Chahal for two sixes but fell victim to Shardul Thakur. After this, Moises Henriques was at the crease, he and Smith maintained the same rhythm before being dismissed. Henriques scored 26 runs with the help of 1 six off 18 balls while Steve Smith missed FIFTY by just 4 runs. Smith scored 3 fours and 2 sixes in his 38-ball innings. Maxwell scored 22 runs off 13 balls with the help of 2 sixes. (From input agency)