India outplay Australia to seal the T20 series
India finish with 184 runs and Australia fail to chase the target.
India just defeated Australia in the second T20 match of the series between the two teams. This win helped India seal the series. India finished with 184/3 and Australia were limited to 157/8 in their chase.
Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Indian skipper MS Dhoni approved of their choice, citing the wet outfields.
India posted a score of 184/3 after 20 overs. This marked the highest score at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia had held the previous record of 182 runs against South Africa in 2008-09.
India's start was slow though. They managed just 5 runs in the first and second over. They had 2 runs in the third over. They turned it around in the fourth over as they managed 17 runs and they added 15 more in the fifth over.
At the end of 10 overs, India had 86 runs without losing a wicket. It was understood that they would have to bat more aggressively from here on out to post a good score. They got to 134/1 at the end of the 15th over having lost Dhawan's wicket.
India was led by Rohit Sharma who scored 60 runs from 47 before being run out. He hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in the match. Opener Shikhar Dhawan added 42 runs from 32 balls, including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Dhawan was caught by Lynn on a Maxwell delivery.
Virat Kohli came next and he was his usual consistent self as he scored an unbeaten 59 runs. Rohit Sharma lost his wicket when he ran back for two runs but Kohli was on the other end of the crese. Those two have had their share of run outs between them. Kohli did not run for a second and Sharma was run out.
No Indian batsman had scored more than one half century in a bilateral T20I series before Virat Kohli did it today. This was the highest opening partnership at the MCG for any batsmen as Dhawan and Sharma had a partnership of 97 runs.
Shane Watson was among the most efficient bowlers for Australia as he allowed 17 runs from his 3 overs. John Hastings and James Faulkner allowed 35 runs each from 3 overs.
Andrew Tye made his T20I debut for Australia and bowled 4 overs while allowing 28 runs and taking 1 wicket.
Australia had a daunting task ahead of them and they got off to a strong start, reaching 62/0 in just 6 overs. They were led by a strong performance from Aaron Finch who had 74 runs from 69 balls before he was run out.
Shaun Marsh added 23 runs from 23 balls before being caught by Pandya on a Ashwin delivery. Chris Lynn failed to make a impact as he fell after scoring just 2 runs from 4 balls.
Glenn Maxwell was out for just one run as he was stumped by Dhoni on a Yuvraj Singh delivery. Shane Watson fell after scoring 15 runs from 11 balls. He was caught and bowled by Jadeja.
Faulkner had some bad luck as a Jadeja's delivery came off wicket keeper Dhoni's leg and the batsman was stumped unintentionally.
India buckled down and closed out this win after it seemed that Australia were on their way to seize the win. India's bowling did not let them down in this match.