Rohit Sharma’s India National Cricket Team earned a 6-wicket win against Aaron Finch’s Australia National Cricket Team in the second T20I match of the three-match series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur on Friday, September 23.
India won the toss and invited Australia to bat first in the match. Australia posted 90 for 5 on the board with the help of sensational batting performances by Matthew Wade and Aaron Finch. The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed 43 runs off 20 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes, and the Aussie skipper smashed 31 runs off 15 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six.
Chasing the target, KL Rahul (10), Virat Kohli (11), Suryakumar Yadav (0) and Hardik Pandya (9) failed to play big knocks. However, captain Rohit Sharma led from the front and smashed an unbeaten 46 runs off 20 balls, including 4 fours and 4 sixes, and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik smashed a 2-ball 10 to finish off the game.
You can’t really plan too much in such a shortened game – Rohit Sharma
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma, who was adjusted Player of the Match, said that even he was surprised by his power-hitting in the match. He said:
“I was quite surprised as well actually. Didn’t expect to hit it like that, glad it came off. For the last 8-9 months I have been playing like that.”
Rohit Sharma further talked about the performances of Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah in the second T20I. He said:
“You can’t really plan too much is such a shortened game. The bowlers had something to bowl to and we bowled well. The dew started coming in later, which is why we saw a few full tosses from Harshal. Coming back after a couple of months, the back injury can be tricky. I am not going to talk too much about how he bowled. Got us the crucial wicket. As a team, we are not going to analyse too much. Just want him to come and enjoy.”
Rohit Sharma was also highly impressed with the performances of Axar Patel and Dinesh Karthik in the match. He elaborated:
“Axar can bowl in any stage, gives me an advantage of using the other bowlers in different situations too – maybe use the pacers in the middle overs if he bowls in the powerplay. I would like to see his batting as well. Glad DK could finish well. Been a while since he had some time in the middle. There was this thought if we should get Rishabh in but I thought Sams is going to bowl off-cutters, so I thought let DK come in and he is playing that role anyway for us. Groundsmen have been here since 1.30 pm to get the outfield ready.”
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