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Recent Match Report – Australia vs India 2nd T20I 2022

India 92 for 4 (Rohit 46*, Zampa 3-16) beat Australia 90 for 5 (Wade 43*, Finch 31, Axar 2-13) with six wickets

Rohit Sharma hit four fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 20-ball 46 to help India beat Australia’s 90 for 5 in an eight-over game in Nagpur. The win meant that the series is now at 1-1, with the final T20I to be played in Hyderabad on Sunday.

A wet spot in the outfield, thanks to Thursday’s rain, delayed the start by two and a half hours. Even when the umpires decided to go ahead, they did so by saying “although the conditions are not perfect, they are safe to play”.

India, bolstered by the return of Jasprit Bumrah, put in Australia after winning the toss. Since each bowler was allowed a maximum of two overs, they did not need a sixth bowling option. So they decided to bolster their clout and bring in Rishabh Pant for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Aaron Finch’s 15-ball 31 and Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 20-ball 43 took the visitors to a competitive total, despite Axar Patel only conceding 13 from his two overs. However, India had the advantage of knowing the target. While Adam Zampa threatened to derail their pursuit with three quick wickets, Rohit kept his cool to get his side through.

Finch flares up, Wade puts on a strong finish
Hardik Pandya, who bowled the first over of the innings, found some movement in the air. But as you would expect in a shortened game, Finch paid little attention to the circumstances and scooped the second ball over the keeper’s head for four.

In the second over, Cameron Green became exhausted and went for a quick single before Axar pinged Glenn Maxwell’s middle stump with an armball. The left-hand spinner would do the same to Tim David in his next over to control Australia.

Finch managed to hit Yuzvendra Chahal for a straight six between Axar’s two overs, but had no response to a blistering yorker from Bumrah who flattened his leg stump. In fact, Finch applauded the bowler after the dismissal.

Wade took some time – he was 7 out of 7 – before hitting Harshal Patel two fours in the sixth. But it was the final that really lifted Australia as Harshal struggled to get his height right. Wade contributed 18 of the 19 runs scored from the last six balls, pulling two shorts over the leg-side boundary and making a high full toss over deep cover.

Rohit makes it for India
In the pursuit of 91, Rohit and KL Rahul were quick off the blocks. Rohit pulled Josh Hazlewood over for two sixes in the opening and Rahul capped it with a flipped six of his own. In the next over, Rohit hooked Pat Cummins for another six, leaving India to take 62 from six overs.

Zampa put them back by taking three wickets – Rahul and Virat Kohli bowled and Suryakumar Yadav was lbw for a first-ball duck. But Rohit found back-to-back fours from Sean Abbott to keep the demand rate in check.

Hardik fell for a run-a-ball 9 but Rohit sent the last ball of the seventh over, bowled by Cummins, behind the run. While India needed nine from the final, Karthik Daniel Sams plodded behind the square leg for six, then pulled a slower short ball between the deep midwicket and the deep square leg to seal the win.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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