India vs Australia T20 series 2019: Australia Clinch Series 2-0, Kohli Faces First Home Series Defeat

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Visitors Australia, who were the clear underdogs in the series, have beaten the Virat Kohli-led India by 2-0 in the two match T20I series. The Aussies won the second T20I on the back of Glenn Maxwell’s remarkable 55-ball 113*. Australia won with 7 wickets and 2 balls remaining at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday on 27 February 2019. The series loss also broke Virat Kohli’s record of not losing a single series at home during his captaincy.

As it happened:

India batted first. They rested Rohit Sharma and played Shikhar Dhawan as KL Rahul is going to be given a long run in the current series. India started slowly but Rahul soon upped the tempo. On the other hand Dhawan was struggling miserably.

Rahul wasn’t able to convert his knock into a big innings. He fell 3 runs shot of a half century. He made 47 off 26 balls which included 3 fours and 4 sixes. Dhawan’s struggle ended with a brilliant yet controversial catch by Marcus Stoinis. He made a 24 ball 14. Rishabh Pant who is trying to carve a spot for him in the World Cup failed yet again. He made a run of six balls.

Captain Virat Kohli and the experienced MS Dhoni joined hands for a brilliant century stand. Kohli hit 2 fours and 6 maximums in his outstanding knock of 72* off 38 balls.

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MS Dhoni hit 3 fours and 3 sixes in his innings of 40 off 23 balls. India made 190/4 in their 20 overs. For Australia, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter Nile, Pat Cummins and D’Arcy Short picked up a wicket each.

Chasing 191, newcomer Siddharth Kaul got rid of the newly tried opener Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis made 7 off 11 balls. Vijay Shankar, who wasn’t given any opportunities with the ball, picked up the wicket of Australian Captain Aaron Finch.

Left hander D’Arcy Short played a good knock of 40 off 28 balls but it was only ‘The Big Show’s Glenn Maxwell who stood in the way of India’s victory. Maxwell smashed the Indian bowlers all round the park.

He scored an unbelievable 113* off only 55 balls which included a serious 13 sixes and 7 boundaries. Peter Handscomb supported him with 20 runs. Australia chased down the total with 7 wickets and 2 balls remaining. Australia have won the series, 2-0.

The 5 match ODI series begins in Hyderabad on 2nd March 2019.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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