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 within the 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 diminished to eight-overs-a-side resulting from a moist outfield.
Earlier, Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fireplace Australia to 90 for 5. Wade hit 4 boundaries and three towering sixes — all maximums within the remaining 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 provide 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.
However the spinner got here again to disturb the stumps of KL Rahul (10), who appeared 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. Nonetheless, the spinner received the battle of wits as his faster supply beat the Indian and disloged 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 broad of brief tremendous as Sean Abbott conceded 11 runs.
Hardik Pandya scored a 4 off Cummins however he couldn’t keep lengthy as he holed out to Finch within the seventh over. 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 appeared to place up a present for the capability crowd on the VCA stadium however Axar Patel (2/13 in 2 overs) snapped two wickets in a formidable spell to depart them at 31 for 3. Jasprit Bumrah (1/23 in 2 overs), who has been out of motion because the finish of England tour resulting from again damage, produced a sensational yorker to eliminate the harmful Finch throughout his spell.
Nonetheless, Wade ensured the guests ended issues in a flourish as he together with Steve Smith (8) added 44 runs within the remaining 18 balls. Harshal had one other forgettable night as he conceded 32 and not using a wicket in his two overs.
The 2 groups will now transfer to Hyderabad for the series-deciding third T20I on Sunday.