February 19, 2024
India Sets a Competitive Target in Final T20I Against Australia
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India Sets a Competitive Target in Final T20I Against Australia

India Sets a Competitive Target in Final T20I Against Australia

Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel Steer India to 160/8: India Sets a Competitive Target in Final T20I Against Australia

In the final T20I against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, India managed to put up a competitive total of 160/8, thanks to Shreyas Iyer’s resilient half-century and Axar Patel’s impactful cameo. The duo played crucial roles in stabilizing and then accelerating the Indian innings after early setbacks.

India’s Start and Early Wickets

India’s innings began on a promising note with Yashasvi Jaiswal’s aggressive batting in the powerplay. His brisk 21 off 15 balls ended with Jason Behrendorff’s delivery. Ruturaj Gaikwad, who followed Jaiswal, struggled to speed up the scoring rate and was dismissed for 10(12) by Ben Dwarshuis. The middle overs saw India losing wickets at regular intervals, posing challenges for the team’s buildup.

Key Contributions from Middle Order

While the middle order wobbled, Shreyas Iyer held one end steady, crafting a crucial 53. However, Rinku Singh couldn’t make a significant impact and departed early. Jitesh Sharma’s quick 24 off 16 balls added momentum to the innings, featuring boundaries and a six.

Patel and Iyer’s Partnership

Axar Patel joined forces with Shreyas Iyer, constructing a vital 46-run partnership. Patel’s 31 off 21 balls, a blend of caution and aggression, was terminated by Behrendorff. Iyer’s attempt to finish strong was thwarted by a precise yorker from Nathan Ellis.

Final Push by the Tailenders

In the closing moments, Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh managed to steal a few runs, taking India to 160/8. The total set a challenging target for Australia, with the Indian team looking to capitalize on their bowlers’ performance.

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