Rohit Sharma displayed his six-hitting prowess with an unbeaten 46 after Axar Patel snapped two wickets in a fiery spell as India notched up a series-levelling six-wicket win over Australia in a rain hit second T20I in Nagpur on Friday. The India skipper smashed 4 sixes and as many fours as he single-handedly helped India chase down a goal of 91 with 4 balls to spare in a match which was diminished to eight overs a aspect on account of a moist outfield. Earlier, Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fireplace Australia to a 90 for 5.
Wade hit 4 boundaries and three towering sixes — all within the ultimate over off Harshal Patel (0/32) — whereas skipper Aaron Finch hit 31 off 15 after Rohit invited Australia to bat in a match that was delayed by two-and-half hours.
Chasing the goal, Rohit made his intention clear as he went on a six-hitting spree, unleashing three monstrous hits off Josh Hazlewood within the opening over to offer a India’s chase a flying begin.
But the spinner got here again to disturb the stumps of KL Rahul (10), who regarded to go for a slog-sweep.
However, the spinner received the battle of wits as his faster supply beat the Indian and disloged the stumps.
Zampa dealt a double blow as he trapped Suryakumar Yadav (0) within the very subsequent ball as India slipped to 55 for 3 in 4.3 overs.
Unfazed by the autumn of wickets, Rohit continued to go robust as he chipped one over cowl after which pulled one huge of quick superb as Sean Abbott conceded 11 runs.
Hardik Pandya scored a 4 off Cummins however he could not keep lengthy as he holed out to Finch within the seventh over.
Designated finisher Dinesh Karthik then performed his half to perfection, knocking off the remaining runs with a six and a 4 off Sams.
Earlier, Australia regarded to place up a present for the capability crowd on the VCA stadium however Axar Patel (2/13 in 2 overs) snapped two wickets in a powerful spell to go away them at 31 for 3.
Jasprit Bumrah (1/23 in 2 overs), who has been out of motion for the reason that finish of England tour on account of again damage, produced a sensational yorker to do away with the damaging Finch throughout his spell.
However, Wade ensured the guests ended issues in a flourish as he together with Steve Smith (8) added 44 runs within the ultimate 18 balls.
Harshal had one other forgettable night as he conceded 32 with out a wicket in his two overs.
The two groups will now transfer to Hyderabad for the series-deciding third T20I on Sunday.
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