Rohit Sharma’s India National Cricket Team took 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 23rd September.
India won the toss and invited Australia to bat first in the game. Australia put 90 for 5 on the board with the help of sensational batting performances from Matthew Wade and Aaron Finch. The wicketkeeper batsman hit 43 runs off 20 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes, and the Australian skipper hit 31 runs off 15 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six.
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Hunting for the goal, KL Rahul (10), Virat Kohli (11), Suryakumar Yadav (0) and Hardik Pandya (9) failed to make big shots. However, captain Rohit Sharma led from the front and hit an unbeaten 46 runs off 20 balls, including 4 fours and 4 sixes, and wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik hit a 2-ball 10 to end the game.
You can’t really plan too much in such a shortened game – Rohit Sharma
At the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma, who was being matched as Player of the Match, said that even he was surprised by his power-hitting in the match. He said:
“I was actually quite surprised. Didn’t expect it to hit like this, glad it came off. I’ve played like that for the past 8-9 months.”
Rohit Sharma went on to talk about Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah’s performances in the second T20I. He said:
“You really can’t plan too much is such a shortened game. The bowlers had something to bowl on and we bowled well. The dew started to come in later, so we saw a few full casts from Harshal. If you come back after a few months, the back injury can be tricky. I’m not going to talk too much about how he bowled. Got us the crucial wicket. As a team, we are not going to analyze too much. I just want him to come and enjoy.”
Rohit Sharma was also very impressed with the performance of Axar Patel and Dinesh Karthik in the match. He explained:
“Axar can bowl at any stage, it gives me the advantage of being able to use the other bowlers in different situations as well – maybe use the pacers in the middle overs when he bowls in the power play. I’d like to see his shot too. Glad DK was able to finish well. Been a long time since he had some time in the middle. There was a thought as to whether we should bring in Rishabh but I thought Sams was going to be casting off-cutters so I thought let DK come in and he’s playing that part for us anyway. Groundsmen have been here since 1.30pm to get the outfield ready.”
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