India vs Australia: 2nd T20, Highlights:A well made fifty from Shikhar Dhawan and a fiery cameo from Hardik Pandya guided India to a terrific 6-wicket win in the 2nd T20I against Australia on Sunday in Sydney. With this win, the visitors have taken a 2-0 unassailable lead in the 3-match series. In pursuit of 195-run total, Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 52 off 36 balls and captain Virat Kohli played a 40-run knock off 24 balls. Pandya, who bagged the man of the match award, blasted 2 sixes and 3 fours, scoring an unbeaten 42 off 22 to finish the game on a winning note. Earlier, Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl. Wade, who led the Australian side in the absence of Aaron Finch, top scored with 58 off 32 balls. For India, T Natarajan continued with his fine forma and returned with the figures of 2/20 in four overs.
Follow highlights and updates of the 2nd T20 between India and Australia:
India win, lead series 2-0
With six required off three balls, Hardik Pandya slammed a maximum off the fourth ball of the final over to win the game for India. India win by 6 wickets and take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Sams to Pandya – SIX
SIX! Pandya playing the role of a finisher as he slammed a fine six off the second ball of the final over. Excitement goes high as the Indians need 6 runs in 3 balls.
India need 14 runs from 6 balls to win
The game has turned into a nail-biter now as India need 14 runs from 6 balls to win. Daniel Sams comes to bowl the final over and Hardik Pandya has the strike.
Tye to Pandya – FOUR, FOUR
Pandya has certainly changed the course of the game with back to back boundaries to Andrew Tye. The tourists now need 15 runs of 7 balls.
25 runs needed off 12 balls
Shreyas Iyer ends the 18th over with a boundary and now India can eye a win as they need 25 off 12 balls. Pretty much chasable if Pandya and Iyer play up to their potentials.
Zampa to Iyer – SIX
SIX! That’s massive. Too big from Shreyas Iyer. Came to bat at acrucial stage and now delivering as expected. Picked it beautifully to deposit over deep mid-wicket.
Sams to Hardik Pandya – FOUR
FOUR! Hardik Pandya has taken the centrestage after the dismissal of his captain. Yorker outside off and Pandya chops it off past short thirdman for a four.
Kohli’s dismissal puts India in trouble
India have lost the big man – Virat Kohli. Well bowled by Daniel Sams as Kohli threw his wicket away by nicking it. Matthew Wade takes an easy catch and jumps in the air to celebrate. The Aussies have caught the big fish, after all. IND – 149/4 afer 16.1 overs
15 overs gone, India need 54 to win
Virat Kohli is the crucial factor for India now as they need 54 more runs to win from the last 30 balls. Kolhi batting at 36 and has been joined by Hardik Pandya (4)
Tye to Kohli – FOUR, dot, SIX, FOUR
The Indian skipper has taken the onus of the chase and dealing in boundaries at the SCG. Flurry of big shots from the Kohli to release the pressure. They still have a long way to go as India need 54 runs in 30 balls.
Swepson to Samson – OUT
OUT! Another jolt to India. Sanju Samson departs in attempt to play a lofted shot. Short ball and Sanju gets beaten in flight. Tries to clear long-off but couldn’t get the elevation. Gets caught by Steve Smith. IND – 120/3 after 13.4 overs.
FOUR, SIX – Sanju Samson in action
Samson, in at No 4, joins the party and goes after Daniel Sams for back-to-back big shots. Slashed past point for a boundary and sends the ball to 2nd tier, clearing the deep square leg boundary.
Zampa to Kohli – SIX
SIX! Kohli is charging at the moment and the Indian team would want some more of this form him. The captain moves out of the crease, goes inside out and tonks it over extra cover for a huge hit. Super shot from Super V.
Zampa gets Shikhar Dhawan
OUT! Another dismissal, another big wicket for India. Dhawan departs moments after scoring his 11th T20I fifty. He got down for the slog sweep but ended up getting caught by Swepson at deep mid-wicket . Dahwan goes for 52, IND – 95/2 after 11.2 overs.
Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan:
· 11th T20I fifty for Dhawan.
· 2nd T20I fifty for him against Australia — both in Australia.
· 1st T20I fifty for Dhawan at SCG.
· Fifties in alternate innings for Dhawan in T20Is.
Half-century for Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is back among runs and makes a statement with a well made fifty. He reached the milestone off just 34 balls.
10 overs gone, India need 109 to win
India have reached the half-way in a stiff 195-run chase and scored 86 runs at a loss of 1 wicket in 10 overs. They need 109 more to win, with 60 balls and 9 wickets remaining.
Dhawan survives again
Shikhar Dhawan seems to be very lucky today in Sydney. After dodging the DRS for LBW, the Indian opener survives a stumping by Matthew Wade. It was a close call as Dhawan had just landed his foot on the ground when Wade unsettled the wickets. NOT OUT displayed on the big scoreboard.
Fifty partnership for opening wicket between Dhawan-Rahul is the 3rd fifty plus opening stand for India in Australia in T20Is and 2nd at SCG. Also, it’s the 3rd consecutive innings at SCG for India with 45+ runs opening stand in T20Is.
Henriques to Dhawan – FOUR
FOUR! This one came after a long gap of 10 balls, but a well-played shot. Dahwan walks down and plays the late cut beautifully behind point.
Tye to Dhawan – FOUR
FOUR! Absolutely fantastic shot this. Dhawan opens the face of the bat and drives it square through point. So nicely played to get those four runs.
Tye to Rahul – OUT!
OUT! Rahul departs. A huge wicket for India in that stiff chase. A knuckle ball and Rahul looked to loft it over cover-point. But high in the air and Swepson took a good catch. Rahul departs for 30, IND – 56/1 after 5.2 overs
Five overs have been bowled
Five overs gone, India are batting on 56/0. The duo of Rahul (30) and Dhawan (24) has gained the momentum and looking confident in the 195-run chase.
Fifty up for India
Here comes the fifty partnership for opening wicket between Dhawan and Rahul. It’s the 4th fifty partnership between Dhawan-Rahul in T20Is and 2nd for them against Australia. Also, the 1st fifty stand for opening wicket by India after 3 intervening innings in T20Is.
Abbott to Rahul – FOUR
FOUR! Rahul charges again off the first ball of the over and hits a boundary. Fuller, outside off and Rahul slams it through in front of square.
Maxwell to Dhawan – SIX, FOUR
The Indian openers are finally showcasing some muscle power against Glenn Maxwell. After Rahul began the over with a boundary, Dhawan now joins the party and hits a maximum followed by a magnificent boundary. Runs pouring in for India now.
Tye to Dahwan – FOUR
FOUR! Another boundary to India’s account, this time it’s Dhawan. Full delivery, Dhawan attempts the drive and the outside edge flies away towards the third man boundary for a four.
Tye to Rahul – SIX
SIX! First six of the Indian innings. That was a free hit and KL Rahul made the most of that. Full length ball, Rahul waits and tonks over into the extra cover stands for a six.
Dhawan survives DRS, Australia lose a review
Andrew Tye bowls and Shikhar Dhawan gets hit in the pad. The Aussies appeal but umpire Paul Wilson says no. The hosts decide to review the decision, only to find the ball was pitching close to leg-stump but not enough to overturn the decision.
Five off the first over
India 5/0 after the first over. Rahul slashes to run another two and caps off the over with a single.
First runs for India
Rahul and Dhawan run a couple off the third ball of the over to get India off the mark in this chase of 195. After two dot balls, Rahul cuts Sams towards the fielder at third man. Decent start form Australia and Sams. He came the 95th T20 player to represent Australia.
Back for the chase
Debutant Daniel Sams to open the bowling for Australia against KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. Immediately, some movement on offer for the left-arm quick.
195 a stiff target?
Well, India once chased down 198 at this very venue, back in 2016 so they’ll take confidence from that, given the surface is still good for batting.
End of innings, Australia finish on 194/5
An expensive over to end the innings for India. Deepak Chahar gets taken for 17 off the last over as Australia finish on 194/5 from 20 overs.
Final over coming up
Natarajan has bowled splendidly in this match to finish with 2/20 from 4 overs. Australia 177/5. Last over coming up and it’ll be Chahar.
OUT! Henriques falls
Outside edge and taken. Natarajan with his second wicket of the match Henriques takes the review but the nick was caught on the Ultra Edge.
WICKET! Chahal gets Smith
OUT! Big wicket for India as Chahal removes Smith. Goes for a big shot again but hits the ball to Hardik Pandya, who juggles at first, but takes the catch. Australia 168/4 in 17.5 overs.
SIX, Smith takes Chahal on again
Nope! In fact, he gets taken for another six. Similar to the previous hit from Smith, he comes down the wicket and hits it dead straight.
Chahal in for his final over
He’s gone for 41 in the first three, but can Yuzvendra Chahal finish will here? Another tight over will surely make Australia think in the final two overs of the innings. Can he conjure something special here?
Smith, Henriques keep Australia ticking
The partnership between Steve Smith and Moises Henriques is 37 off 25. While there have been some explosive strokes played, India deserve credit for keeping things a bit tight. Thakur bowls a good final over to give seven off it. Australia 159/3 after 17
BANG! Second SIX of the over
This time a sweep from Moises Henriques. Chahal has gone for runs tonight. 20 off that over. Huge over for Australia as they reach 152/3 after 16 overs.
Chahal to Smith: SIX
Ah, not that! The third six hit off the bowling of Chahal. Smith dances down the wicket and pummels the ball for a six over long on. Australia starting to run away with this.
India pulling things back
After Wade provided that explosive start to the innings, India have pulled things back slightly since his dismissal. The last five overs have gone for 41 runs but India have picked up two important wickets.
Out come the Natarajan yorkers
What a find he’s been for India. Natarajan is up against one of the best batsmen in the world – Steve Smith and he manages to pose a challenge to him. He’s been able to keep Smith quiet with his variations bowling the 15th over of the innings. Brilliant.
Watch it to believe it…
Sundar finishes well
After conceding 24 off his first two overs, Washington Sundar bowled the last two overs well to finish with 0/35. 11 off his last two. Could have had Wade’s wicket but he won’t mind with the way it turned out in the end. Australia 127/3 in 14 overs.
WICKET for India
OUT! A slower one from Thakur gets rid of Maxwell. Australia 123/3 in 13 overs. The big wicket goes down but Australia won’t mind with the form Smith is in. They continue to score at over nine an over.
Thakur to Smith: SIX
There’s no shortage of boundaries here for Australia. Smith goes back and plays the aerial scoop that clears the boundary behind. Next ball, Smith goes a bit squarer but in the gap for a four. Shardul Thakur going at over 11 an over.
Chahal to Maxwell: SIX
Towards the longest part of the boundary. The fielder looked like he was in with a chance but the ball cleared him. Maxwell showing his intentions early. He’s raced to 22 off 12 as Australia reach 111/2 after 12 overs.
Chahal testing Australia
There’s a bit of turn on offer and Smith and Maxwell are realising it. Chahal is appearing a different bowler in T20Is, bowling operating on a clever line and length.
Chahar to Smith: FOUR
Chahar Errs is line… too leg-sidish, and Smith simply glances the ball fine behind square for a four. Maxwell ends the over with a single that brings up the 100 for Australia. 11 over bowled.
Chahal vs Maxwell, an interesting contest up for grabs
Maxwell is not backing away against Chahal. After a six, he tried to play the reverse sweep but missed it. It was almost as if he had made up his made in the beginning of the over to play that stroke. Australia 91/2 after 10 came off the 10th over.
Chahal to Maxwell: SIX
Chahal in the attack, but gets tonked for six second ball by Maxwell. Maxwell seemed to have sliced that ball but in the end, it easily cleared the fielder at long on.
In comes Maxwell
With the wicket, India would want to put a leash on Australia’s scoring rate. Six singles off Natarajan’s second over. Australia 81/2 after nine overs.
OUT! Matthew Wade has to go back
What a rare dismissal. Wade gets dropped by Virat Kohli but gets run out. The top edge flew off Wade’s bat and Kohli at cover, put it down after two attempts. However, Wade things he’s out because let’s face it… you don’t expect Kohli to drop such sitters. Wade is half way down the pitch, walking back to the dugout. But by the time he realises the catch is not taken, It’s too late. Kohli throws the back to the keeper and Rahul takes off the bails. Lucky break for India. Australia 75/2 after 8.
His first two overs went for 24 runs and with the fielding restrictions lifted after the Powerplay, Kohli has handed the ball back to the off-spinner to try and control runs, put up a better show than his opening spell.
How good has Wade been
India lose a review
Waste of a review from India. Chahar thought he had Smith, who missed the ball and got hit on the box. It looked high from the word go but Chahar and Kohli decided to go upstairs. On expected grounds, the ball was going over the stumps.
FOUR! FIFTY for Wade
10 boundaries and a six has highlighted Matthew Wade’s half-century, which has taken just 25 balls to come. No Warner, no Finch? No problem, says Australia’s stand-in captain. What incredible batting it’s been from him so far.
FOUR! Insult to injury
The ball after the drop was a dot, but the next one was a slower one from Thakur, which Wade picked up well and went over the infield to score yet another four. His ninth of the innings already. He moves to 47. Powerplay done, Australia 59/1.
Oh dear! Hardik Pandya has put down a catch, and it’s Matthew Wade, whom he’s dropped. Came running in and although he got his hands to the ball, put it down and tumbled as the ball went past the ropes. Ah, India’s fielding. Two sides of the same coin. Pandya can’t believe it.
Natarajan finishes well
The most tidy over of the innings so far. Just a single off Natarajan’s first over as Australia get to 47/1 after five overs. The dream start continues for the 29-year-old fast bowler from Tamil Nadu.
OUT! Australia lose their first wicket
Natarajan with the first wicket for India as Short falls in the deep. Australia 47.1 in 4.1 overs. Slightly short and the batsman nailed it towards deep mid wicket, but unfortunately the timing wasn’t quite there and neither was there elevation. Perishes in the deep, and by god, how badly did India need that
In comes Natarajan
Ok then, India are making some changes and the urgency is visible. Australia are off to a rolicking start and Kohli has handed the ball to the hero of the last T20I to give India a breakthrough.
Another expensive over from India
Short hammers his first boundary to make it 15 runs off Sundar’s second over. Not everyday is a Sunday, Washy. No pun intended. Australia would be mighty pleased with this start. They’re scoring at 11.5 an over to reach 46/0 in four overs.
FOUR more, Wade on fire
Virat Kohli walks up for Washington Sundar and says something. The off-spinner follows it with a rank short pitch ball. Wade rocks on the backfoot and bludgeons it for his sixth four. He’s raced Australia off the blocks.
Sundar to Wade: FOUR
Fifth four already for Matthew Wade. He plays a version of the slog sweep and although he doesn’t get it completely off the middle off the bat, the ball beats the two fielders for a four.
Good bouncer from Thakur
After getting hit for four, it’s been a decent comeback from Shardul Thakur in the over. Four runs off the next fiur balls, including a wide. Australia 31/0 after 3 overs.
Thakur replaces Chahar
Doesn’t make a difference. Slighty short from Thakur and Matthew Wade swivels to pull the ball for another four. He’s is some mood today. Follows it with a quick, sharp single.
Short 2 off 2, Wade 20 off 10
Matthew Wade has gone after India’s opening bowlers. 13 off the first over and now 10 off the second. Australia 23/0 after 2 overs. India need to pull things back in the Powerplay
As expected, it’s Washington Sundar
After an expensive opening over from Chahar, Washington Sundar gets hit for a six, from Wade. Australia’s stand-in captain has gotten off the blocks, and how? Terrific stuff.
Chahar to Wade: FOUR
Another loose delivery and Wade punishes this one as well. Third four of the over as the batsman crashes the ball through the offside. Three boundaries in three separate parts of the ground. Australia 13/0 after the first over. Expensive start from Chahar.
FOUR! Second boundary of the over
This is the fourth ball of the match and Wade already decides to be cheeky. Walks across and scoops the ball for a four, the second of the over. Chahar loses his line there, some swing but he can’t control it. Bowls it wide outside off and the umpire has some exercise to do.
FOUR! Australia and Wade off the mark
Deepak Chahar drops the ball short and wide. Wade positions himself and brings out the pull shot to get himself and Australia the first boundary of the match. DOT, 4, DOT so far in the over.
Wade and Short walk out to open the batting for Australia. The India fielders are taking their places on the field. And looks like it’ll be Deepak Chahar bowling the first over. What’s more? The crowd is back. No half-measures. It’s a packed crowd at the SCG.
No Bumrah, no Shami for India
In the absence of two of their premier fast bowlers, this is a golden chance for T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur to make some noise. Will Thakur and Chahar get that swing first up will be interesting see. However, having said that, Kohli is likely to once again open the bowling with Washington Sundar.
Sams gets his due!
‘Someone had to step in’
“Happy to be captaining Australia. Finch, Hazlewood, Starc are out. Sams, Stoinis and Tye are in,” said stand-in captain Matthew Wade at the toss.
Australia’s Playing XI
1 D Arcy Short, 2 Marcus Stoinis, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Matthew Wade (WK/C), 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Mitchell Swepson, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Andrew Tye
What Virat Kohli had to say at the toss
“We will bowl first. Pitch looked really nice in the second half in the previous games we played. They are missing Aaron Finch today, so we want to restrict them and chase it down. Chahal replaces Jadeja. Thakur replaces Shami. Iyer in for Pandey.”
India’s Playing XI
1 KL Rahul(w), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (C), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Sanju Samson, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 T Natarajan, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal