nailed forward of square! India level the series 1-1! Short slower ball, he hammered a pull shot and found the gap
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.
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.
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
classy cut shot! Sat and waited for the wide slower ball and placed it with pure timing backward of point
swing and miss but it's wide of off and called! That was too wide
DK in. Rohit on strike as they crossed
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.
full wide yorker right on the guide line. Hardik can't make contact and the umpire is happy it wasn't a wide
sliced in the air off a thick outside edge but it lands safe forward of deep point for two
carved over cover! Sitting so deep, he's offered width and length, at a slow pace and he nails it over cover
short slower ball outside off, he mistimes a pull from wide of off to deep midwicket
short slower ball but dragged way wide of off and rightly called
Cummins on. He has a long chat with Finch
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)"
wide yorker beats the bat as he tries to glide it to fine third
short and wide, he cuts with ease to deep point
charges early, Abbott fires way wide and the umpire calls it
pulled wide of short fine! Short slower ball with fine leg up, he waited and roped it past the man
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
slower ball, wide of off, he cuts to deep point
big swing and a miss to a offspinning slower ball wide of off
shorter on middle, 95kph, he stands up and punches to long on
Ball tracking had SKY's lbw smashing middle halfway up
very full on middle, he clips this neatly to deep midwicket
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
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||3-match series level 1-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 1794|
|Match days||23 September 2022 - night (20-over match)|