Pandya stars in winning T20 series for India
Published: 07:40 PM, 6 December 2020
Hardik Pandya's puffy innings as well as Natarajan's tremendous bowling performance have helped India to seal the T20 International series against Australia as the visitors beaten the hosts by six wickets in the second T20 International to clinch the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday.
Despite losing the three-match ODI series by 2-1 against Australia the Indian cricket team are carrying their journey in T20I cricket in full of dominating the others. With today's triumph India have registered tenth consecutive win in the format, confirming the ongoing series win with a game to spare.
Earlier, Aussie were sent in to bat and they scored a challenging 194 for 5. However, the skipper Matthew Wade, taking captaincy in absence of Aaron Finch due to injury, led his side from the front as made top-scoring with a quick-fire 32-ball 58 while Steve Smith contributed 46 off 38 balls. Natarajan put a best bowling feature of 4-0-20-2 among the Indian bowlers.
India chased down the target with two balls to spend while Hardik Pandya remaining not out on 42 off just 22 balls. Before Pandya's hard hitting innings Shikhar Dhawan contributed 52 while captain Virat Kohli made 40.
India had won the first T20I by 11 runs in Canberra on Friday. The inconsequential third T20I will be played at SCG on Tuesday.