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India T20 Victory Over Australia

India beat Australia in the second match of the series at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Pandya won the game by an inning and a half against Australia’s second and third bowlers, who simply could not withstand the pressure of India’s batting.

Australia ramped up the pressure to reduce the dismal record when they reached 5-194 in 20 overs. India were supposed to be 140-150 here but the Aussies didn’t make it easy for them and were bowled out in the second half.

It was a fantastic innings, bowled out for a third time in the final over of the day thanks to a brilliant partnership between Rahul and Dhawan.

Rahul and Dhawan were in the middle and Australia had a good start, but India relied on the big guns, with skipper Kohli gradually getting into the chase. Rahul was caught on the wrong foot for a half-century in his first T20 against Australia in Canberra, and Dhawan was not on the ball. It is the first match of the series between the two teams at the SCG in Sydney, Australia, and India’s home ground. Dhwana was nearing his half-century and Rahul on his way to his 50th ODI century, while Kohlin handed the ball to the hero of the last day to give India the breakthrough.

India managed to stay on course throughout the chase with scores of 52 and 40 respectively from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. In 2016, they chased Kohlin and Rohit 200 for half-centuries but lost the rest of the tailender to reach the World Cup final, which Australia won by 85 runs. Three years later, it was Kohli’s half-century that led India home in a chase of 165.

A win here would secure India the series and make it 10 straight wins for the Indian cricket team. If Natarajan turns 70 in his 10 overs, India would be confident he can adapt to international cricket after taking two wickets on debut. Starc is closer to Shane Watson’s Australian T20 record.

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