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Ind vs AUS: SKY starts chase Virat Kohli ends it

India’s bowling woes persist as Bhuvneshwar and Co. blew by Powerplay without any new ball motion.

In the final third of his 63-ball, 48 Virat Kohli scored just one boundary however it was one of the most crucial which was a six-over wide long-on off the opening ball in Daniel Sams’ last over of the chase. There were 11 runs in need. A squirted edge outside for four from Hardik Pandya, who was a third man short on the final ball handed India an advantage in the T20I series 2-1 at Hyderabad and the six-wicket victory securing an impressive comeback from Australia had crushed them in the Mohali opener. But, ahead of their final match prior to the T20 World Cup – series against South Africa – some of the old concerns remain. With no notable movement from the new ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Co. were once more stunned during the Powerplay by the impending appearance of Cameron Green, who bashed 52 off just 21 balls.

India was able to claw back from 56 for one in four overs. From a point of 140-6 at the end of 17overs, the 18th and 19th balls from Bhuvneshwar as well as Jasprit Bumrah resulted in 39 runs, and another batsman who was a hefty one, Tim David, hauled the Australians to 186-7 with an unbeaten 27-ball.

The chase appeared to slow down immediately after it started the chase, with Australia making use of the long lengths to great effect on a surface in which the ball is banged into the surface can be a challenge for batsmen playing in the Indian Premier League, given the surface’s sticky nature and an extensive outfield. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were gone by the end of the fourth over when Suryakumar Yadav walked into the field and took control of the chase in the way only he could with this type of format.

In his 36-ball 69 Yadav generally hit the ball exactly where he wanted, with the exception of the final ball he was faced with and failed to stop a leaping wide long-off. The ball was hit with a soaring in-the-up hit from the outside leg stump of Daniel Sams that sailed into the second tier with additional protection. The chip and flick were nonchalant at Adam Zampa that went over wide-long-on. The magnificent test stars from The Australian set, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were hit with disdain at the deep midwicket, regardless of whether they were on or off-pace.

Kohli was constantly trying to keep the ball off the ground, which was never achieved as well as picking his spots and synchronizing the boundary he lofted that he executed with grace. When Suryakumar took over at a blistering speed, Kohli shrewdly turned the ball into his partner in their 104-run third-wicket stand which took just the equivalent of 62 balls.

Suryakumar’s departure at the close of the 14th was a sign that India started to huff and puff even though they had only 53 required off 36. Then Pandya walked out of the field and flew Hazlewood over a soaring David at long-on from the first ball of the final over. With Suryakumar’s dominance, they might have preferred an easier win but at the very least, batsmanship isn’t their weakness in the present.

Green burns the turf

From the initial ball in the match, Green struck hard at India. Green appears to have the skills to become a tough batsman for batsman in T20. When Bhuvneshwar tried to strike his way into him, he showed super-fast hands, which is impressive for such a tall player, honing down on the ball and throwing it over the deep leg. If Bhuvneshwar predictably grew further and shorter then, he punched his opponent with a slap on the back. He strikes off on the rear foot using ferocity both in front and behind the square. His enormous reach transforms even defensive deliveries into sitting duck boundary options. He updates his news daily.

Even a bowler such as Bhuvneshwar who has the ability to take on stumps or work in the corridor of the Powerplay was forced to move further and further far away from the swinging angle Green has. He even gave up an open however the strategy was successful in the end when Green hit a steeper through a thick edge, only to be caught by a backward point that was retracing back. After Green’s attack was stopped, India pulled things back well, primarily by way of Axar Patel who made some value off the strip and snatched some deliveries to put a stop on batsmen, taking out Josh Inglis and Matthew Wade. He also took over Glenn Maxwell with an unintentional hit from the deep. Bhuvneshwar started promisingly towards the end, hitting some yorkers,

but David’s range took over in the end as he drove sixes through the ground on full deliveries. Australia also performed Bumrah very well, taking 50 off just four overs. There were no little jitters that keep batsmen pinned back by his heavy, awkward deliveries. They read him precisely, and slowed the slower deliveries wide to get boundaries, and Sams even snatched an on-pace full delivery across a short long leg to score four. It was up for Harshal Patel to create a perfect last ball to limit the damage that was done late.

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