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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.

By HT Correspondent | Feb 28, 2019 08:22 IST

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:

22:46 hrs IST

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.

22:45 hrs IST

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.

22:40 hrs IST

Kohli speaks

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.

22:28 hrs IST

Maxwell delivers

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

22:21 hrs IST

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!

22:17 hrs IST

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?

22:08 hrs IST

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!

21:46 hrs IST

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

21:39 hrs IST

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

21:32 hrs IST

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

21:22 hrs IST

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

21:11 hrs IST

Shankar strikes

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

21:03 hrs IST

Kaul strikes

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

20:52 hrs IST

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

20:40 hrs IST

King Kohli

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?

20:37 hrs IST

Dhoni departs

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

20:23 hrs IST

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

20:17 hrs IST

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

20:08 hrs IST

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

19:56 hrs IST

Pant departs

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

19:50 hrs IST

Dhawan departs

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

19:45 hrs IST

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

19:37 hrs IST

Rahul departs

He arches back, and then guides a short ball to third man. Australia get the wicket, Rahul was looking brilliant. Kohli walks in

19:36 hrs IST

Zampa starts

Rahul nudges a four and then rotates the strike to keep the scoreboard moving. Dhawan has to press on the accelerator

19:28 hrs IST

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

19:22 hrs IST

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

19:12 hrs IST

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

19:04 hrs IST

Quiet start

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

18:59 hrs IST

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

18:39 hrs IST

Playing XIs

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

18:33 hrs IST

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

18:23 hrs IST

Pitch report

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

18:15 hrs IST

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.

17:58 hrs IST

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.

17:37 hrs IST

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.

17:29 hrs IST

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.