Rohit Sharma played a blazing innings of 46* off 20 with four fours and as many maximums while spinner Axar Patel took 2/13 in two overs as India chased down the target of 91 with four balls to spare in the second T20I that got reduced to eight-overs per side due to wet outfield. Skipper Rohit led the side from the front as he stayed unbeaten right till the end to snatch a six-wicket victory and level the series 1-1 in Nagpur.
Speaking about how the delayed encounter panned out, India won the toss and opted to field first. Player of the Match from the last clash, Cameron Green got run-out for just five while Glenn Maxwell bagged his first golden duck in T20Is. Hard-hitter Tim David also went cheaply for just two as Axar Patel got rid of him and Maxwell in a similar fashion bowled.
Captain Aaron Finch looked in fine touch as he scored 31 off 15 before getting clean bowled by the returning India speedster Jasprit Bumrah. It was Matthew Wade yet again who came back to haunt the hosts with him smashing an unbeaten 43 off just 20. The Aussies reached a total of 90/5 in eight overs courtesy of a destructive innings from wicketkeeper-batter Wade.
Chasing 91, Rohit gave his side a stunning start with the skipper hitting the Aussie bowlers all around the park. Spinner Adam Zampa threatened the Indian innings as he took three big wickets of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav to end his brilliant spell of 3/16 in two overs.
While Rohit hung in there, Dinesh Karthik came and struck ten off just two to seal the deal for the Men in Blue. With this, the series is now leveled 1-1 and the decider now takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2022, in Hyderabad. For his match-winning captain’s knock, Rohit Sharma grabbed the Player of the Match award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 2nd T20I between India and Australia:
59.66 – Matthew Wade has now scored 358 runs in nine innings at a solid average of 59.66 and a strike rate of 156.33 with three half-centuries against India in T20Is.
2024 – Aaron Finch completed 2000 runs as captain in T20 internationals. He became the first skipper to reach the landmark.
176 – Rohit Sharma has now slammed the most sixes (176) in T20Is. He surpassed Martin Guptill’s tally of 172 maximums.
1 – For the first time in 81 innings, Glenn Maxwell got dismissed for a golden duck.
3/16 – Adam Zampa registered his best bowling figures of 3/16 against India. His previous best was 2/19 which came in Guwahati in the year 2017.
20 – India have now won the joint-most matches (20) in T20Is in a calendar year. Pakistan also sealed as many victories in the same number of games in the year 2021.
32 – Rohit is now tied with Virat Kohli in the second spot for most wins (32) as an Indian captain in T20 internationals. MS Dhoni occupies the top position with 42 wins.
4 – Interestingly, Wade’s top four T20I scores have all come against the same opposition India. His top three innings read as 80, 72, and 58 in Sydney in 2020, 2012, and 2020 respectively. His next one reads as 45* at Mohali scored in the ongoing series.
3 – Zampa dismissed Virat Kohli for the third time in T20Is which is the joint-most along with New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi.
76 – Rohit is now joint-second with Finch for hitting most sixes (76) as captain in the shortest international format. Former England skipper Eoin Morgan tops the chart with 86 maximums.