Shreyas-Axar step up
An encouraging partnership halted by Aaron Hardie in his last over, but Axar Patel takes charge alongside Shreyas. Axar contributes a crucial 31 off 21 balls before falling to a knuckleball. Shreyas, on the other end, displays resilience, reaching a hard-fought half-century with consecutive six and four off successive deliveries. India finishes with a competitive total of 160 on the scoreboard.
Bishnoi does it again
India faced a slow start, managing only 9 runs in their initial two overs, while Australia, led by Travis Head’s aggressive batting, raced ahead. Head’s powerful hitting saw him dispatch the first three balls to the fence and added one more in the second over, signaling Australia’s dominance. However, Mukesh Kumar provided a breakthrough by dismissing Josh Phillippe, and Ravi Bishnoi continued his impressive form in the powerplay. Bishnoi managed to castle Head, who had recently hit him for a six, and then struck again with a well-executed googly, slowing down Australia’s progress despite their strong 50-run powerplay.
India gained an edge when Tim David top-edged a pull, resulting in an excellent 1/14 bowling performance from Axar Patel. Despite Ben McDermott’s aggressive fifty, his wicket off Arshdeep Singh brought India back into contention. Mukesh Kumar then made a decisive impact, taking two wickets in one over, stunning Australia and putting India on top again. However, Matthew Wade’s brilliance in the 18th over shifted the momentum, reducing the equation to 11 off 8. Despite the favorable situation for Australia, a twist unfolded in the final over as Arshdeep delivered an exceptional performance. Needing 10 from 6, Wade’s dismissal on the third ball sealed the victory for India.
India 160/8 (Iyer 53; Dwarshuis 2-30) beat Australia 154/8 (McDermott 54; Mukesh 3-32) by 6 runs.