India won the second T20 International (T20I) against Australia on Sunday in Sydney Cricket Gound to take a 2-0 lead in a three-game series. India captain Virat Koli, who played a key shot of 40 deliveries from 24 deliveries in the 1957 Indian chase, took to Instagram to share pictures of the match. “Amazing cricket game. Well done boys,” Cole wrote in the series. His wife Anushka Sharma, who is currently in India and is pregnant with their first child, reacted to Collie’s announcement with a string of heart emojis.
Afghanistan’s copycat, Rashid Khan, also commented on the announcement. “Congratulations, Captain,” Rashid commented.
India won the throw and decided on a bowl. Stand-up captain Matthew Wade led the way to Australia, breaking 58 of 32 deliveries. Steve Smith also hit 46 of 38, while some valuable midfield contributions saw Australia score 194/5.
Natarayan was India’s India star with the ball, taking two wickets for just 20 runs in his four balls.
In turn, India started in a hurry, opening the 56-run race before Andrew Ty returned KL Rallul. Collie then joined Davan on the set and soon, the left-hander achieved his 11th T20I half-century.
Despite the dismissals of Davan and Sanju Samson, Collie kept up the pressure on Australia, scoring a superb ball in the process that earned him comparisons and praise from his close friend and teammate of the Royal Challenger in Bangalore, AB de Villiers.
After Collie fell at the start of the 17th over, Hardik Pandya and Shrejas Ayer took over India across the line in an exciting finish. While Ayer made the most of the five deliveries he faced, scoring 12 runs, Hardick secured India’s firepower at death.
The All-Star County, which still does not fight regularly due to fitness problems, knocked down 42 of 22 deliveries in a knockout with three limits and two sixes.
The third T20I will be played on Tuesday and will be followed by a four-match test series between the two sides.
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