Axar, Rohit Help India Draw Level

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Axar, Rohit help India draw level. Axar Patel bagged two wickets before Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten 46

Axar, Rohit Help India Draw LevelAxar Patel bagged two wickets before Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten 46

India forced a series decider against Australia in Hyderabad after clinching a truncated eight-overs-a-side contest at Nagpur in the final over. After Axar Patel starred with the ball, his 2 for 13 keeping the visitors to 90, Rohit Sharma shepherded the chase with an unbeaten 20-ball 46 to see his team over the line with four balls and six wickets to spare.

Why was the game truncated?

Rains lashed the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on the eve of the game and rendered the outfield damp at the scheduled start of play. As the groundsmen worked overtime to dry the surface, the umpires scheduled two separate inspections, concerned by the soft footing at the bowlers' run-up towards the pavilion end of the stadium. Eventually the game started two and a half hours later, by when 24 overs of the game was lost.

Rohit won the toss and elected to field after welcoming Jasprit Bumrah back into the XI for the first time since the tour of England. Rishabh Pant came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the team happy to sacrifice a bowler in a shortened game. Australia did the same when they brought in Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott for Josh Inglis and Nathan Ellis.

Axar Patel turns it on again

The left-arm spinner followed up with his 3 for 17 in Mohali with possibly an even better 2 for 13 from his two overs tonight. The first of those overs came in the PowerPlay when he bowled his under-cutter to clean up Glenn Maxwell for a duck. The big-hitting Tim David fell in identical fashion in his next as Australia's fast start led by Aaron Finch (31 off 15) was undone.

Wade turns it on again as well

That Australia got to a competitive total of 90 was down to Matthew Wade once again, as he smashed 43* off 20 balls after Bumrah castled Finch midway through the innings to leave the innings somewhat rudderless. Wade was particularly severe on Harshal Patel, hitting three sixes and two fours off the Indian seamer to prop the visitors to a competitive total.

Rohit flies off the block, Zampa brings Australia back

The Indian captain hit three sixes in the first two overs (PowerPlay) of the chase. Along the way he became the leading six-hitter in men's T20Is, surpassing Martin Guptill's tally of 172. Rohit kept finding the boundaries even as Australia's seamers fed him on a diet of cutters that occasionally climbed awkwardly on to him while otherwise sitting up nicely to be hit.

Just when it seemed like India would canter to victory, Adam Zampa arrived on the scene and sent back KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in quick succession.

The cool finish

India's equation became a tricky 14 off 7 when Pat Cummins used the slower ball to dismiss Hardik Pandya too. But a wide and delectably placed cut shot from Rohit turned the equation to a very gettable 9 off 6. Dinesh Karthik needed only two balls in the final over, a six and a four off Sams sealing India's victory.

Brief scores:Australia 90/5 in 8 overs (Matthew Wade 43*; Axar Patel 2-13) lost to India 92/4 in 7.2 overs (Rohit Sharma 46*; Adam Zampa 3-16) by 6 wickets.

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