Nagpur. Captain Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 46 off 20 balls helped India beat Australia by six wickets in the rain-hit second T20I on Friday to level the three-match series 1-1. The match was reduced to eight overs per team due to the wet outfield. Australia scored 90 for five with the help of 43 runs from 20 balls from Matthew Wade. In reply, India scored 92 runs for the loss of four wickets and won with four balls to spare. Dinesh Karthik played the role of a finisher in the first two balls of the last over by hitting sixes and fours.
Rohit played a stormy innings of 43 not out in 20 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes. After the match, Rohit Sharma said that I really can’t believe my innings. For the last 8-9 months, I have been playing something similar. You can’t do too much planning in a small match.
The Indian captain said, ‘We bowled very well. Especially Harshal bowled brilliantly and took important wickets. Axar can also bowl in any position. Now I want to see his batting also. Praising Dinesh Karthik, Rohit said, “Happy to see DK finished the match very well.”
Rohit, who was adjudged the Player of the Match, said, ‘Not much strategy can be made in such matches. One has to play according to the situation. When we were bowling, we took full advantage of the situation. After that the dew started falling. We want the players to learn from it how difficult it is to play in these conditions. Nice to see Bumrah make a comeback.
Dinesh Karthik, who played the role of ‘finisher’ in the match, said after the match, ‘There was not much talk with Rohit during the innings. I had entered the field after making my plan. Being a middle order batsman, runs are expected. It felt great to hit the team with the winning shots. Glad to see Bumrah back in the team. We need to take the winning streak even further. At present, the series has been leveled.
At the same time, Australia captain Aaron Finch said, ‘We were able to play well only at the end of the innings. Akshar’s two overs made all the difference. Rohit batted well. Matthew Wade played his role well. Adam Zampa bowled well.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 24, 2022, 00:21 IST