In a dazzling display of power-packed batting, India secured a convincing 44-run victory against Australia in IND vs AUS 2nd T20 International Series match, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram witnessed an electrifying performance from the Men in Blue, led by Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive half-century, and supported by a stellar show from spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Axar Patel.
Yashasvi Jaiswal’s aggressive innings of 53 runs off 25 balls set the tone for India’s formidable total of 235 for four after being asked to bat first. He displayed exceptional shot selection, punishing the Australian pacers with precision through the off-side. Ruturaj Gaikwad (58) and Ishan Kishan (52) added substantial contributions, laying a solid foundation for the Indian innings. Rinku Singh’s unbeaten 31 off nine balls in the final overs propelled the hosts beyond the 200-run mark, proving to be a crucial factor in the ultimate result.
The Australian bowlers faced a relentless onslaught from Jaiswal, who exploited the short deliveries from Sean Abbott, scoring a remarkable 24 runs in the fourth over. Despite Australia pulling things back in the middle overs, the Indian top-order showcased resilience, with Kishan’s explosive strokes against Glenn Maxwell and Sangha adding impetus to the innings.
In the bowling department, leggie Ravi Bishnoi emerged as the wrecker-in-chief, claiming three vital wickets for 32 runs. Axar Patel provided crucial support, conceding only 25 runs in his four-over spell and grabbing a wicket. The spin duo applied the squeeze, taking three wickets in the PowerPlay and putting Australia on the back foot early in the chase.
Australia, chasing a daunting target, faced early setbacks with Bishnoi dismissing Matthew Short and Josh Inglis in quick succession. Despite a spirited partnership between Marcus Stoinis (45) and Tim David (37), the Indian pacers, led by Prasidh Krishna, and supported by Bishnoi and Mukesh Kumar, struck at crucial intervals, restricting the visitors to 191 for nine in 20 overs.
Stoinis’ aggressive approach, including hitting Bishnoi for two sixes, posed a threat, but Bishnoi’s return to form and Mukesh’s crucial breakthroughs tilted the game in India’s favour. Prasidh Krishna’s three-wicket haul added the finishing touch, ensuring Australia fell short of the challenging target.
As the series moves forward, India finds itself in a commanding position, with a 2-0 lead. The Men in Blue have not only displayed their batting prowess but have also showcased a balanced bowling attack, highlighting their potential as a formidable T20 side.
India’s comprehensive victory in IND vs AUS second T20I against Australia is a testament to their batting might and bowling prowess. The Men in Blue will look to carry this momentum into the remaining matches of the series, eyeing a clean sweep and further solidifying their status as a dominant force in T20 cricket.