India are taking on Australia in a three-match Twenty20 International series, while Virat Kohli and co already have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. It is India’s first T20I series following the retirement of former skipper MS Dhoni from international cricket.
The Indians are producing some serious and breath-taking performance in the ongoing Twenty20 International (T20I) series in Australia, as they have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, following their second T20I win in Sydney. Furthermore, the Indians are making sure that they do not succumb to the absence of retired wicketkeeper-batsman, MS Dhoni.
Dhoni had already been out of action since the conclusion of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. While he was expected to make a comeback earlier this year, the prevailing COVDI-19 pandemic brought the sport to a standstill, as the veteran went on to retire from international cricket in August.
Although Dhoni continues to give his priceless services to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), fans are undoubtedly missing his presence in the international circuit. Meanwhile, it seems like his absence is felt not just by Indian fans and cricketers, but overseas as well.
It was during the second T20I on Sunday, when Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was batting during the chase, as in the ninth over to Mitchell Swepson, he was involved in a stumping chance by Aussie wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Upon being reviewed by the third umpire, Dhawan barely managed to stay alive, as Wade was marginally slow to dislodge the bails.
Following third umpire’s decision as per the review, Wade opined to Dhawan, saying “Not Dhoni, not quick enough like Dhoni!”. Meanwhile, Dhawan responded to him by saying “Yes”, as the two shared a laugh, including the commentators, who overheard it through stumps microphone.
Watch the video of the incident here:
Match summary: Winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to bowl first, citing the track to get better later. The Australians were off to a decent start, scoring regularly, as they posted a challenging total of 194/5, courtesy Wade’s 58 and Steve Smith’s 46. In reply, the Indians too were off to a flier, maintaining the race with the required rate. While Dhawan played a knock of 52, it did become crunch at the end, only for Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya to see it out with some big shots and win by six wickets.
Brief scores: Australia 194/5 (Wade 58, Smith 46; Natarajan 2/20) lost to India 195/4 (Dhawan 52, Pandya 42; Swepson 1/25) by six wickets.
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Last Updated Dec 7, 2020, 1:35 PM IST