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Patna : India beat Australia 6 wickets in the 2nd T20I at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, on December 6, 2020, as all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 42 in 22 balls hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes in a an explosive knock while Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 12 in 5 balls hitting a four and a six. With this win, India have sealed the three-match series winning the first two matches to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. Replying to Ausytralia’s 194/5 in 20 overs, India scored 195/4 in 19.4 overs. Hardik Pandya was named Player Of The Match. India had won the toss but opted to bowl.
Earlier, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul had set the tempo adding 56 runs for the first wicket. Rahul fell to medium fast bowler Andrew Tye for 30 in 22 balls hitting 2 fours and 1 six. Dhawan fell to spinner Adam Zampa for 52 in 36 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Sanju Samson fell to spinner Mitchell Swepson for 15 with 1 four and 1 six.
Captain Virat Kohli, who does not appear to be in his element, fell to fast medium bowler Daniel Sams for 40 in 24 balls hitting 2 fours and 2 sixes and it was 149/4 after 16.1 overs. India needed 46 runs in last 4 overs.
India required 14 runs in 20th over to win the match. Hardik Pandya took 2 runs on the first ball of the last over bowled by Daniel Sams and then hit him for six on the 2nd and 4th ball of the over in a match winning knock.
Earlier batting first, Australia scored 194/5 in 20 overs with opener Matthew Wade ( Captain) scoring a quickfire 58 in 32 balls hitting 10 fours and 1 six. Wade treated all the India bowlers including Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, and Yuzvendra Chahal with disdain hitting them for fours at will. Wade was run out. His opening partner D Arcy Short, however, fell to yorker specialist Thangarasu Natarajan for 9.
Glenn Maxwell fell to Shardul Thakur for 22 in 13 balls hitting 2 sixes making it 120/3. Steven Smith fell to Chahal for 46 in 38 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes and it was 168/4. Moises Henriques fell to Natarajan for 26 in 18 balls hitting a six and it was 171/5 in 18.3 overs. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 16 in 7 balls hitting a six while Daniel Sams remained 8 not out. Natarajan took 2/20 in 4 overs.