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India defeated T20 series & took revenge of ODI defeat to Australia

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Birthday boy Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya walk off the winners tonight. Rusty for the most part, Pandya but he’s shown up right at the end with two crisp hits to seal it.

Iyer did his part too, a neat little cameo from him. That’s 2-0 to India, who bounce back from the ODI series loss.

India won by 6 wicketsLiveScorecardCommentaryReportVideosCoverageStatisticsnullBATSMENRB4s6sSRHH Pandya* (rhb)422232190.90SS Iyer (rhb)12511240.00BOWLERSOMRWECONAJ Tye (rmf)4047111.75DR Sams (lfm)3.4041111.18P’SHIP: 46 runs, 3.3 ov (RR: 13.14) • L’BAT: Virat Kohli 40 (24b) • FOW: 149/4 (16.1 ov)RECENT: 6•62144••24•61•142


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Fantasy Pick – Lead with Kohli and RahulnullMatch Centre Ground time: 23:07Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Varun Shetty

Kohli: Yeah meant a great deal. We’ve played as a team in T20 cricket. The fact that we don’t have Rohit and Bumrah, our established white ball players, in and still doing well makes me happy. Everyone has played 14 games at least, recently – so they know what their plans are. We just kept them down to a total which we thought was quite chaseable with the short boundary.

It’s contributions from the whole team that make you feel better because young players are taking their opportunities. The reason was Hardik coming into the team in 2016 was pure ability. He has raw talent. And now he realises that this is his time, the next 4-5 years, to be that bankable player that can win you games from anywhere.

His plans are right and I’m glad to see that. We had a word before the game to ride the atmosphere, and the energy from the fans. [The scoop] there was indeed an AB shot! I told Hardik Tye wasn’texpecting it and he said he didn’t either. I’ll text AB tonight, see what he thinks of it.

Wade: It was good fun [to be captain], a lot more fun till Hardik came out. I think we might have been a little short – not a lot, but then it doesn’t matter when Hardik is in [this sort of form]. All in all we played some good cricket, we just mis-executed in some places and that was it. Was great to see Sweppo and Zamps. These guys have played a lot of T20. Unfortunately we couldn’t execute in the end.

Hardik: It’s pretty simple. I really like to see the scorecard and play. It lets you know the kind of shots and options you have. All my matches, I’ve realised you always have more time than you realise in T20 matches.

No matter the target – we’ve got 80-90-100 in the last five before, and I take confidence from that. As a unit we believe in playing positive, it gives everyone a chance as well.

I thought Natarajan would have been Man of the Match, he gave us a target about 10 runs lower than it would have been.

Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match.

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