Hardik Pandya knock of 42* runs help India defeat Australia in the second T20I, at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India has won the toss and elected to field against Australia in the ongoing second T20I, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mohammed Shami, who featured in the first T20I, has been rested. He has been replaced by Shardul Thakur. Meanwhile, Manish Pandey has also made way for Shreyas Iyer.

Australia will be playing without their captain, Aaron Finch who has an injury himself. Matthew Wade will be leading the side in Finch’s absence. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are the only changes from the first T20I. They have been replaced by Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis and Andrew Tye.

Wade slammed a blistering half-century before Comical dismissal Wade should have been out caught Kohli, but he’s now run-out Kohli. The Aussies have also lost the wicket of D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell.

Contribution of Aussies batsmen Steven Smith 48 runs off 38 deliveries, Glenn Maxwell 22 runs off 13 deliveries Moises Henriques 26 runs off 18 deliveries Marcus Stoinis 16* runs off 7 balls Daniel Sams 8 runs off 3 deliveries as a batting unit guide Australia to 194. T Natarajan grabbed two wickets while Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal took a wicket apiece.

While chasing of 195 runs Indian lost the crucial wicket of KL Rahul, 30 runs off 22 deliveries. Shikhar Dhawan 52 runs off 36 deliveries comprising 4 fours and 2 Sixes Sanju Samson 15 runs off 10 deliveries. Skipper Virat Kohli 40 runs Inning end by Daniel Sams.

Shikhar Dhawan 52 runs off 36 deliveries(livesportcentre.com)
Shikhar Dhawan 52 runs off 36 deliveries(ICC/BCCI/Twitter)

While Needing 37 off the last 3 overs, Wade took a gamble and went with Zampa. That over not only opened the doors for India but also gave some confidence to the seemingly-struggling Shreyas Iyer 12* runs who tonked a six and a four in that over. Hardik 42* runs off 22 deliveries then took over the finishing duties and proved why he’s rated so highly in this format of the game.

Hardik Pandya, Player of the Match: It’s very simple. I like to look at the scoreboard and play so that I know which bowlers to target. I have been in these situations many times and I learnt from my mistakes in the past. My game is always around the confidence which I carry, it has that fine line where I back myself and not become overconfident. I always remember all those times when we chased big totals and it helps. In T20s you actually have more time than you think. If we need 70-80 odd in 30 balls, I don’t look at the whole thing and I break it down to 12 balls and focus more on the process than the end result. They were batting really well and we wanted to be positive and special mention to Natarajan as well. I thought he should be the Man of the Match, because the bowlers struggled here and he had a really good game.

Hardik 42* runs off 22 deliveries(livesportcentre.com)
Hardik 42* runs off 22 deliveries(ICC/BCCI/Twitter)

Matthew Wade, Australian skipper: It was good fun. Lot more fun till Hardik came out. May be a little bit short with the bat. Unfortunately we didn’t execute well towards the end with the ball. When you get a start like that you want to push but I was disappointed with the way I got out and the timing of my wicket as well. Zampa has been outstanding for the last few years. We just couldn’t execute it well in the end.

Virat Kohli, Indian skipper: We played really well as a team in T20 cricket. The fact that two of our established players are not playing and to win like this, makes me very proud of this team. Everyone has played 14 games recently (in the IPL) and they know their plans. Natarajan was outstanding and Shardul was good today. Hardik finishing off the game and Shikhar getting that fifty, it’s a whole team effort. The reason for him (Hardik) to come into our team in 2016 was pure ability, he now realizes that this is the time to establish in that (finishing) role and play match-winning knocks for us. He plays with all his heart and he certainly got that competitive nature about him and also has the skill to execute that at the highest level. That’s (next game) gonna be very exciting. In the tough moments, when so many people backing you, the next game is going to be exciting. It (scoop over fine leg) was a bit of funny moment, surprised myself there, I will send AB a text tonight and see what he thinks of it.


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