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India vs Australia 2nd T20I Highlights: Six-hitting Rohit Sharma guides India to series-levelling win over Australia | Cricket News


NAGPUR: Rohit Sharma displayed his six-hitting prowess with an unbeaten 46 after Axar Patel snapped two wickets in a fiery spell as India notched up a series-levelling six-wicket win over Australia in a rain hit second T20I right here on Friday.
The India skipper smashed 4 sixes and as many fours as he single-handedly helped India chase down a goal of 91 with 4 balls to spare in a match which was lowered to eight overs a aspect due to a moist outfield.
Scorecard | As it happened
Earlier, Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fireplace Australia to a 90 for 5.
Wade hit 4 boundaries and three towering sixes — all within the closing over off Harshal Patel (0/32) — whereas skipper Aaron Finch hit 31 off 15 after Rohit invited Australia to bat in a match that was delayed by two-and-half hours.
Chasing the goal, Rohit made his intention clear as he went on a six-hitting spree, unleashing three monstrous hits off Josh Hazlewood within the opening over to give India’s chase a flying begin.

The India opener then deposited Pat Cummins’ (1/23 in 2 overs) slower supply into the stands earlier than lifting Adam Zampa (3/16 in 2 overs) over long-off for one more most.
But the spinner got here again to disturb the stumps of KL Rahul (10), who regarded to go for a slog-sweep.
Virat Kohli (11) then picked up a boundary off Daniel Sams, earlier than smacking one over Zampa’s head for one more 4.


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However, the spinner gained the battle of wits as his faster supply beat the Indian and dislodged the stumps.
Zampa dealt a double blow as he trapped Suryakumar Yadav (0) within the very subsequent ball as India slipped to 55 for 3 in 4.3 overs.
Unfazed by the autumn of wickets, Rohit continued to go sturdy as he chipped one over cowl after which pulled one huge of brief fantastic as Sean Abbott conceded 11 runs.
Hardik Pandya scored a 4 off Cummins however he could not keep lengthy as he holed out to Finch within the seventh over.


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Designated finisher Dinesh Karthik then performed his half to perfection, knocking off the remaining runs with a six and a 4 off Sams.
Earlier, Australia regarded to put up a present for the capability crowd on the VCA stadium however Axar Patel (2/13 in 2 overs) snapped two wickets in a powerful spell to depart them at 31 for 3.
Jasprit Bumrah (1/23 in 2 overs), who has been out of motion for the reason that finish of England tour due to again harm, produced a sensational yorker to do away with the damaging Finch throughout his spell.
However, Wade ensured the guests ended issues in a flourish as he together with Steve Smith (8) added 44 runs within the closing 18 balls.
Harshal had one other forgettable night as he conceded 32 with out a wicket in his two overs.
The two groups will now transfer to Hyderabad for the series-deciding third T20I on Sunday.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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