India vs Australia, 2nd T20I, as it happened: Marvellous Maxwell powers Australia to series win
India vs Australia, 2nd T20I, as it happened: Catch all the highlights from the 2nd T20I from Bengaluru.
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As it happened: Makes room does Maxwell and smacks a full ball through covers, he has won the game, he has won the series and he has remained unbeaten on 114. This has been an innings which will remembered for a very long time. Stunning innings by him, he has helped Australia blank India in the series (Full scorecard)
Ind vs Aus, 2nd T20I as it happened:
Aaron Finch, Australia captain
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.
Maxwell, Man of the Match and Man of the Series
It feels really good. We haven’t had a lot of success here of late. To come over here and perform like we have has started it off well for us on this tour. It helps a big bulk of T20 cricket in the domestic tournament back home. Having confidence in my game also has helped a lot and it feels great to contribute to two special wins. Was a pretty good wicket and we could afford to wait for the loose balls. We knew that it could be easier against the quicks, anything around 12 rpo, we fancied to chase that down. After D’Arcy’s dismissal, it was upto me to drive the rest of the innings. Handscomb did a great job in giving me the strike all the time. We had a lot of chaos in the last game but we corrected that tonight.
Pretty short series to summarize the performances. Australia outplayed us in all departments and deserved to win. 190 is a good total on most grounds but if there is so much dew as there was tonight and when you have an innings like what Glenn Maxwell played, nothing much you can do. Every team is looking to take each game like that but it’s also important to win matches. We would have liked to get across the line in at least this game but I can’t be too hard on the bowlers due to the amount of dew. We wanted to give everyone some game time, we’ve seen how they react under pressure, there is a series coming up and we’ll try more things. It’s upto them to deliver the goods.
Makes room does Maxwell and smacks a full ball through covers, he has won the game, he has won the series and he has remained unbeaten on 114. This has been an innings which will remembered for a very long time. Stunning innings by him, he has helped Australia blank India today
100 for Maxwell
Terrific innings by Maxwell, he has single-handedly to the brink of a historic series win. He can surely finish the job here, he deserves to be the winner today!
Maxwell on the brink
What a stunning innings, he has brought down the runs to 14 off the final 2 overs. Bumrah will bowl the 19th over, can he produce another magical over?
What an innings Maxwell is playing
2 sixes, plenty of power, and some intense running, Glenn Maxwell is playing a knock for the ages. India under pressure, he can win the match for Australia all by his own right now. He looks to be in the groove!
Shankar strikes, again
The wicket India needed. Slower ball, bowled outside the off stump, Short wants to slog it away over mid-wicket, is beaten for the lack of pace, miscues the stroke and Rahul takes the catch at cover. A threatening partnership has been broken
Short on the move, Maxwell on the attack
These two are putting on a real show right now and there is a hush around the ground. Amidst all this, Rishabh Pant has also grassed a chance off Short. India under pressure, they need to break this partnership rather quickly
Maxwell looking good
Spin will play a big role here and hence, Maxwell’s presence will be critical to Australia’s cause. He is looking good so far and along with Short, they have to take this innings deep
End of the powerplay
2 overs from Short and Australia find some momentum, but India are still ahead in this game. Maxwell will be the key as India will now attack with their spinners
Another length ball, Aaron Finch wants to slog it across the line, he top edges it and Shikhar Dhawan is settled under it and takes the catch with relative ease. Vijay Shankar strikes and Australia are now under pressure
Good ball, bashed on a length, aimed for the stumps, Stoinis wants to hoick it away across the line but misses it altogether and loses his off stump. India strike early, Kaul with the early scalp
Shankar to open the bowling
He could be weakest link in the bowling attack and Kohli has asked him to open the bowling. Stoinis and Short will open the innings. 9 runs off the first over, Australia up and running
Down the track to a full ball and then lovely timing, beautiful swing of the bat and he gets a 6 to finish the innings. What an innings by the captain, 72 of the very best runs. KL Rahul got India off to a bright start and then MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli dominated the attack. Kohli stayed put and gave India to final flourish. A good score on the surface?
Slowish ball, Dhoni wanted to whip it away, gets the top edge and Aaron Finch takes a smart catch at long off. Good knock comes to an end
50 for Kohli
He has absolutely erupted and has now notched up his 50. India’s score now looks better, they need a grand finish and the two batsmen out there have got the measure of things
Kohli is putting on a show
2 nonchalants stroke and 2 sixes, Kohli has found his range right now. Brilliant batting from the Indian captain. India need 160 on this surface
Positive approach from Dhoni
Dhoni has started in good nick, he is looking to go after the bowling. Kohli, on the other hand, wants to play all the strokes but is not connecting right now. They have to bat deep into the innings
Length ball, Pant wants to muscle it away, no timing at all, but then all action is where the fielder is. Jhye Richardson moves to his left, dives full stretch and plucks the catch. Acrobatic and India are losing the plot here
Well, it was just not happening for Shikhar Dhawan, he was not going anywhere with his innings and his attempted drive over covers was not timed at all and Marcus Stoinis ran forward, dived forward and gobbled a good tumbling catch
Kohli dives and is safe
That was a quick double and the captain had to dive in full stretch and kept his bat down at all times to make his ground. Good direct hit by Richardson, but no alarms for India
He arches back, and then guides a short ball to third man. Australia get the wicket, Rahul was looking brilliant. Kohli walks in
Rahul nudges a four and then rotates the strike to keep the scoreboard moving. Dhawan has to press on the accelerator
KL Rahul goes big
After a watchful start, Rahul has erupted. Pull, an uppish drive over covers and now a nonchalant flick over square leg. 3 sixes, 3 of the best strokes in cricket, Rahul is stamping his authority here
Australia have been good
Good, tight, and disciplined bowling by Australia. India have not managed to break free today and even though, KL Rahul is looking good, the score is not galloping along
India break the shackles
A square cut by Rahul, followed by a hoick over mid-wicket by Dhawan as India finally get going after 2 quiet overs up front. With only 5 bowling options, India need to have aim for a score which gives them a cushion of around 10 over
Good tight over by Jason Behrendorff and both the openers have played it out with caution. The pitch looks like a good one for batting and India need to post a score in excess of 160 here
Rahul takes strike
Behrendorff with the new ball, Dhawan is at the other end. The crowd is all in. Let the action begin. This start will be very important for India on this surface
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul
Australia (Playing XI): D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch(c), Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb(w), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa
Australia bowl first
Finch calls correctly and he wants to bowl first. Kohli says he would have bowled first too. He rates the pitch very good for batting
There’s a bit of grass on the surface at the Chinnaswamy, but there are also some cracks underneath. Gavaskar expects the ball to come on to the bat quite well, so well, it is the perfect Bengaluru pitch
Bumrah on the cusp of record
He is known as one of the best bowlers in the death overs and India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is now just 5 wickets away from toppling Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan as the bowler with most wickets in the death overs (16-20). While leg-spinner Rashid has 33 wickets to his name (in all T20Is starting from 2013), Bumrah sits third on the list with 29 wickets in his kitty. Second in the list is Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga with 31 wickets.
Win the toss and bowl first?
The toss is just half an hour away and stats reveal that the captain who wins the toss should choose to bowl first, since all six completed matches between these two sides in India have been won by the team chasing. Moreover, in the last five matches, the team batting first has won just twice so history will be on the side of the team which will be chasing in Bengaluru.
Cause of concern for India?
Sunil Gavaskar believes India underestimated Australia in 1st T20.
“The first thing that every team must realise especially in the ultra- short format of the game is never to underestimate any opponent. India may have just done that at Vizag as they went in with just three recognised batsmen with the likes of Pant, Dhoni, Karthik and Pandya to push the score along,” he wrote in his column for the Times of India.
Hello and welcome
India’s defeat in the 1st T20I was unexpected, but Aaron Finch and team were far from convincing in their win. They just about got over the line and won off the final ball of the tie. India could make a few changes to their playing XI and for a side which has not lost a T20I series to Australia in more than a decade will be expected to fare better in Bengaluru.