Bengaluru: Glenn Maxwell’s (113) unbeaten knock overshadowed Virat Kohli’s heroics as Australia completed a 2-0 series win after their seven-wicket win in the second T20I against India on Wednesday. This was Virat Kohli’s first series loss at home since he took over as captain of the Indian team.
After losing Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis early, a 73-run stand between D ‘Arcy Short and Maxwell ensured that the Aussies were on course for the win.
Despite losing Short for 40 runs, Maxwell completed his third T20I century whereas Peter Handscomb supported him in the other end in a 99-run partnership.
It was a forgettable day for the Indian bowlers as both Vijay Shankar (2/38 from 4 overs) and Siddarth Kaul had expensive spells.
Australia 95-3 after 11.1 overs
WICKET! D 'Arcy Short finds KL Rahul at cover as Vijay Shankar removes the Aussie for 40 runs.
Australia 22-2 after 4 overs
WICKET! Dhawan takes an easy catch as Finch slams this one over mid-wicket. Vijay Shankar gets the wicket as the captain departs for 8 runs
Australia 13-1 after 2.2 overs
BOWLED 'EM! Stoinis did not see that coming as Siddhart Kaul sees him off for just seven runs. A fierce delivery from Kaul as the bails end up flying.
Virat Kohli(72*) and MS Dhoni (40) were back to their best as their 100-run partnership guided India to 190-4 in the second T20I against Australia here on Wednesday.
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Kohli finishes it off in style. #TeamIndia post a formidable total of 190/4 (Virat 72*, Rahul 47) for Australia to chase.
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Put into bat, KL Rahul displayed some promising talent as he got the hosts to a strong start. But, he fell short of a second consecutive fifty after being dismissed for 47.
However, Dhawan’s stint was short-lived as Jason Behrendorff saw him off for just 14 runs.
Dhoni also looked confident in his innings of 40 but was dismissed by Pat Cummins, who finished his spell with 1/40 from three overs.
The last over proved to be expensive for the Aussies as the hosts scored 18 from six balls, which included two wides.
Behrendorff had a decent spell, finishing with 1/17 from three overs.
India 138-3 after 16.5 overs
FIFTY! Kohli is back to his best as he slams his 20th T20I fifty.
India 74-3 after 10.5 overs
WHAT A STUNNER! D'Arcy Short puts one wide outside off as Rishabh Pant slams one to Jhye Richardson at long-off. Pant out for just one run.
India 70-2 after 9.2 overs
WICKET! Jason Behrendorff strikes to dismiss Dhawan, who departs after a cameo of 14 runs.
India 61-1 after 7.1 overs
WICKET! Coulter-Nile strikes to dismiss KL Rahul for 47 as Jhye Richardson completes a comfortable catch at deep third-man.
An unchanged Australia have won the toss and opted to bowl.
India have got in Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar and Umesh Yadav in place of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Markande and Siddhart Kaul.
So close, yet so far. That was the story of India's three-wicket loss to Australia in the first of the two T20Is in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
The two teams once again lock horns in the second T20I at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.
While the visitors will eye a first T20 series win in India, Virat Kohli and co will have some homework to be done in terms of their batting order.
Only KL Rahul (50), Virat Kohli (24) and MS Dhoni (29) registered double figures in the previous match, whereas the rest of the team failed to produce starts as the hosts collapsed to 126-7.
Nathan Coulter-Nile did the damage for the Aussies, finishing his four-over spell with 3-26.
The last T20 International was played here in February 2017 when India beat England by 75 runs after amassing 202 for six.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (v-c), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), D'Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.
Match starts: 7pm IST.