India vs Australia 2020-21: Hardik Pandya's blitz overshadows records scripted in 2nd T20I at Sydney
First Published Dec 6, 2020, 6:29 PM IST
India have sealed their fifth consecutive T20I series win, while it was also their ninth successive match win in the format. The three-match series would come to an end on Wednesday, with the third and final T20I at the same venue. It was also India's 3rd back-to-back T20I win here.
It can finally be said that India are in firm control of the shortest format of the game, as they tamed hosts Australia in the second of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I), at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on Sunday. With this win, India sealed their fifth consecutive series win, along with their ninth success match win in the format. Meanwhile, we take a look at the records scripted in this tie.
Matthew Wade's good run against India continues: Australia's stand-in skipper Matthew Wade played a decent innings of 58, while it was also his second T20I half-century. Interestingly, both his 50s in the format have come against India, as he continued his glorious run against the side.
India chase second 194-plus total at SCG: This was India's third back-to-back T20I win at this venue. Furthermore, this happens to be the second time India have successfully chased down a total of more than 194 here, with the first one coming in 2016, against the same side.
India's produce joint-third best winning run: As said before, this was India's ninth continuous win in the format, as they have levelled the same with Pakistan, which happens to be the third-best winning run in the same. The record for the same lies with Afghanistan, having won 12 in a row. Besides, this was also India's 10th serial away T20I match win.
Virat Kohli scripts a best one: Kohli is not famous for his T20 captaincy. Nonetheless, with the win tonight, he has now scripted his eighth consecutive win in the format as the skipper, which happens to be the best for India, going past Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni's seven.
India most successful in beating Australia Down Under: In an interesting observation, we have noted that India have a win percentage of 63.63 against the hosts, Down Under. It is the best, as the others happen to have a percentage of 26.47, all combined.
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.