2nd T20I (N), Nagpur, September 23, 2022, Australia tour of India
(8/8 ov) 90/5
(7.2/8 ov, T:91) 92/4

India won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
46* (20)
Full commentary

The series is level at 1-1. Game three is on Sunday in Hyderabad. Should be a good conclusion. Stay tuned for Hemant's match report and Sid's analysis. I hope you can join us again on Sunday. Until then, it's good night.

11.15pm Presentation

Rohit Sharma is player of the match for his 46 not out from 20 balls: "I was quite surprised as well. I didn't expect it to go quite as well as that. For the last 8-9 months I have been playing like that so it didn't change much. But when you are playing a game like that you can't plan too much. You just have to play the situation and use conditions to your advantage. I felt when we were bowling the bowlers had something to bowl to. We used the conditions pretty well. But then at the back end dew started coming in. That is where we want guys to learn how tough it is. It was good to see Bumrah on the park. Slowly and steadily he is coming back into his rhythm. As a team we are not going to analyse it too much. Axar has fitted in the role well. He can bowl in any phase of the game. He brings a lot to the game."

Aaron Finch: "You probably plan for 5 over games and add a little bit on to it. When you are doing all your planning for World Cups you always have them in the back of your mind. We just got out executed a little bit towards the back end. Rohit was brilliant. And the two overs Axar bowled was probably the difference in the game. Wade is such a calm customer at the back end of the innings. He did a wonderful job for us. We got close."

11.02pm India win with four balls to spare. Rohit Sharma was outstanding and DK finishes it off. An unusual 8-over game but it provided the patient Nagpur crowd with some entertainment after riding out the long delay. India always had that chase under control even despite Adam Zampa's outstanding spell. Rohit was in complete control. Dinesh Karthik: "I thought Josh Hazlewood would bowl but I came up with my plan for Sams. It's all about executing on the day. I always pride myself on finishing it off. Two people shone today. Rohit with the bat and Axar with the ball. From a series standpoint it is great to go from Hyderabad 1-1."

Mohammad Pivwan: "@alex, thoughts on hazlewood not being called on for the last over? Personally think abbott best option, bowls a great yorker. Rohit took Hazlewood off a length with ease earlier in innings...." Australia have concerns about Hazlewood's death ability. Cummins too. Without Starc it is a big hole in their side. They tried Green in game one and Sams in this one. 9 runs wasn't much to defend to be fair. Abbott has a lot of experience in the BBL but not all of it is good.

Azweer : "Rohit scored exactly the 50 percentage of the target. Purely a captain's knock."

Afeef: "To be fair, Sams defended 9 off the last over in this year's IPL bowling to Miller and Tewatia" He did. But the odds are against the bowler with only 9 required.

Sams to Karthik, FOUR runs

nailed forward of square! India level the series 1-1! Short slower ball, he hammered a pull shot and found the gap

Sams to Karthik, SIX runs

hoicked over wide fine leg! Slower ball but it was drifting down leg and DK swings it away with the angle over the fence

Sams to finish. Hazlewood, the No.1 T20I bowler, only bowls one over. Sams around the wicket

end of over 713 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 82/4CRR: 11.71 RRR: 10.00 • Need 10 runs from 6b
Rohit Sharma46 (20b 4x4 4x6)
Dinesh Karthik0 (0b)
Pat Cummins 2-0-23-1
Sean Abbott 1-0-11-0
Cummins to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

classy cut shot! Sat and waited for the wide slower ball and placed it with pure timing backward of point

Cummins to Rohit Sharma, 1 wide

swing and miss but it's wide of off and called! That was too wide

DK in. Rohit on strike as they crossed

Cummins to Hardik, OUT

skied straight up and Finch takes it! Short slower ball works this time. Hardik was waiting trying to launch over straight long on, he sliced a thick outside edge high to cover and Finch runs from point to take a good catch.

Hardik Pandya c Finch b Cummins 9 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
Cummins to Hardik, no run

full wide yorker right on the guide line. Hardik can't make contact and the umpire is happy it wasn't a wide

Cummins to Hardik, 2 runs

sliced in the air off a thick outside edge but it lands safe forward of deep point for two

Cummins to Hardik, FOUR runs

carved over cover! Sitting so deep, he's offered width and length, at a slow pace and he nails it over cover

Cummins to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

short slower ball outside off, he mistimes a pull from wide of off to deep midwicket

Cummins to Rohit Sharma, 1 wide

short slower ball but dragged way wide of off and rightly called

Cummins on. He has a long chat with Finch

end of over 611 runs
IND: 69/3CRR: 11.50 RRR: 11.50 • Need 23 runs from 12b
Hardik Pandya3 (5b)
Rohit Sharma41 (18b 3x4 4x6)
Sean Abbott 1-0-11-0
Adam Zampa 2-0-16-3

KipEetSimpul: "Fascinating that spinners seem to play an even more important role when the game abbreviated further, especially on a two-paced pitch. Counterintuitive to many (including 'expert' commentators)"

Abbott to Hardik, no run

wide yorker beats the bat as he tries to glide it to fine third

Abbott to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

short and wide, he cuts with ease to deep point

Abbott to Rohit Sharma, 1 wide

charges early, Abbott fires way wide and the umpire calls it

Abbott to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

pulled wide of short fine! Short slower ball with fine leg up, he waited and roped it past the man

Abbott to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

sliced inside out over cover! So skillful. Half volley on pace, but he used the pace to loft it inside out up and over cover. Tremendous control

Abbott to Hardik, 1 run

slower ball, wide of off, he cuts to deep point

Abbott to Hardik, no run

big swing and a miss to a offspinning slower ball wide of off

Sean Abbott

end of over 57 runs • 2 wickets
IND: 58/3CRR: 11.60 RRR: 11.33 • Need 34 runs from 18b
Hardik Pandya2 (2b)
Rohit Sharma32 (15b 1x4 4x6)
Adam Zampa 2-0-16-3
Daniel Sams 1-0-10-0
Zampa to Hardik, 1 run

shorter on middle, 95kph, he stands up and punches to long on

Ball tracking had SKY's lbw smashing middle halfway up

Zampa to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

very full on middle, he clips this neatly to deep midwicket

Zampa to Hardik, 1 run

length leg break, he drives on the up to deep cover-point

Hardik at No.5. Hat-trick ball. There's a fielder straight behind the umpire at the sightscreen as well as long off and long on