India team captain Rohit Sharma was overjoyed after his side defeated Australia by six wickets in the second T20I in Nagpur on Friday (September 23) to level the three-match series at 1-1.
Rohit ran up to Dinesh Karthik, gave him a hug and patted him on the head, after the latter hit a six and four to drive the Men in Blue past the winning line.
The Indian captain led from the front in the chase for 91 in a shortened game that went down to eight overs a side. Rohit was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 46 in just 20 balls.
After DK got the winning runs, Hitman was understandably pleased, as he was under pressure following the team’s recent losses in the T20I format. Official BCCI social media handles shared a video of Rohit celebrating with DK after India’s series leveling victory. The clip was shared with the caption:
“Captain @ImRo45’s reaction. Crowd cheer. @DineshKarthik’s smile. Relive the mood as #TeamIndia sealed a series-leveling victory in Nagpur #INDvAUS.”
Bowling first after winning the toss, India conceded 90 from 5 in their eight overs as Matthew Wade struck an unbeaten 43 from 20 balls.
For the hosts, left arm spinner Axar Patel stood out with numbers of 2 for 13. Pacer Harshal Patel, however, once again proved expensive, scoring 32 runs from his two overs.
“I’m glad it came out” – Rohit Sharma on his match-winning shot
Speaking at the post-match introduction ceremony, the India captain admitted that he was a bit surprised with how well the ball hit the bat. Sharing his thoughts on his decisive blow, he said:
“It’s great to be hitting like that, but it was an 8-for-8 game, so you have to take your chances. I’m glad it came out. Honestly, for the last 8-9 months I’ve been playing like this.
“For me, it didn’t really change much, but then again, when you play a game like this, you can’t plan too much. You just have to understand the situation and try to use the conditions to your advantage.” ”, she added.
Reflecting on the India team’s bowling performance, he stated that they were good for the most part, until the dew came at the end. Rohit commented:
“I felt like the bowlers had something to offer and we used the conditions pretty well but at the back the spray started to get in and the guys couldn’t get a hold of the ball so you saw some weird full bowls from Harshal. .”
The decisive T20I of the India-Australia series will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
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