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Australia vs India: India Closed the Series 4-1 Beating Australia by 6 Runs in 5th T20I

Australia vs India: India Closed the Series 4-1 Beating Australia by 6 Runs in 5th T20I

The last match of the T20I series of Australia’s tour of India 2023 was played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Australia, like the previous match, opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Prior to Jaiswal appeared dangerous, but he was caught trying to pull by a short-length delivery, and wickets continued to fall after that. India was in trouble after SKY and Rinku’s mistakes, but Jitesh and Shreyas held their ground till Axar emerged and delivered a brilliant knock. Shreyas picked the correct ball to pursue rather than blasting sixers against the spinners for fun. After realising the pitch was slow, the Australians used a lot of cutters. Australia has faced difficulties in dealing with spin, as the series has demonstrated.  India had performed admirably, reaching 160 on a sluggish, sloppy surface. 26 off the final two overs and 45 off the final four overs. An innings was held by Shreyas Iyer and then he opened out in the final overs.

Travis Head responded without any hesitation. With three straight boundaries to start the chase, he placed pressure on the Indian bowlers. Australia got off to a scorching start, scoring 40 runs off the opening four overs, forcing SKY to switch to spin even though Philippe was lost for nothing. With Head hitting him over deep midwicket on the fourth ball, Ravi Bishnoi let up a six. However, the wrist-spinner took revenge by castling the dangerman on the very next ball. As the spinners applied the brakes and bowled six overs in a row, the scoring rate fell precipitously. 

Australia were 70/3 at the halfway point and they scored 21 runs in the next two overs. Axar finished with outstanding figures of 4-0-14-1, breaking the 47-run stand in his final over. McDermott reached his fifty with a six, but in the same over, he was bowled out low. In his outstanding 17th over, Mukesh Kumar took two wickets in a row. However, Wade’s hat-trick of fours against Avesh Khan in the eighteenth over kept his team in the chase. The visitors needed 10 runs off the last over after Mukesh Kumar bowled a respectable penultimate delivery. Wade lost his temper when the first ball of the last over was not wide when it should have been. The Australian captain perished a few balls later, and Arshdeep finished the formalities. After giving up 37 runs in his first three overs, the left-arm pacer let up just three runs in the final over to win the match.


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