After the first T20I at Canberra, teams reached at Sydney Cricket Ground to deliver another spectacle of T20 cricket. And the contest didn’t disappoint fans at all where India closed down the T20I series in a cracking finish. There were plenty of moments in the match that were worthy of mention.
India were in for a tough run chase as Australia posted 194 runs on the board batting first. India were under the pump when Shreyas Iyer came into bat after Virat Kohli was dismissed. India needed 35 runs from 15 deliveries when Shreyas Iyer was on strike against Adam Zampa, who was in the middle of a brilliant 18th over for Australia.
But it all changed with a single shot as Shreyas Iyer displayed his full range over mid-wicket with a magnificent six. He just got to the pitch of the delivery and struck it with his head in a perfect position. The ball went sailing over the SCG stands as it showed 111 meters on the ruler. Indian camp was absolutely over the moon in dressing room as captain Virat Kohli couldn’t believe what he had just seen.
India elected to bowl after winning the toss at SCG today. Matthew Wade started off brilliantly in powerplay as he was back to his preferred batting position. He made 58 from just 32 balls on his captaincy debut for Australia. Steve Smith also played a handy innings as others chipped in to take Australia to a competitive total of 194 runs. T Natarajan was pick of the bowlers from Indian perspective.
In reply, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli set up the chase well for India after KL Rahul got out. Shikhar Dhawan made an important half-century while Virat Kohli slammed 40 from just 24 balls. But it was Hardik Pandya who took India home with his fireworks. He was under pressure as he struggled to time the ball early on but found his range once the chase entered last couple of overs.