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India vs Australia: Memorable Moments Between the Aussies and the Men in Blue

India vs Australia is one of the most promising fixtures in world cricket. Every time these two sides meet, it is tension galore mixed with drama at both ends. As our Men in Blue face the Aussies in a T20 series, let us look back and reminisce about some iconic matches that this T20I fixture has graced us with in the past.

 

2nd T20I, India Tour of Australia – 2020

In what was promised as a high-scoring fixture, both sides gave us a drama-packed match which had both sets of fans at the edge of their seats. India chose to field first, allowing the home side to start the match. Aussie opener and captain Matthew Wade went off with a fiery start, smashing boundaries in the first over. The Australian could’ve been dealt with early on in the match when a Shardul Thakur delivery was mistimed by Wade but the catch was dropped by Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket as the ball bounced off his hands for four. Making the most out of the powerplay, Wade completed his fifty off just 25 balls.

However, in a bizarre moment, Wade saw his catch dropped once again; this time by skipper Virat Kohli, one of the easiest catches you will ever see, costing Washington Sundar an easy wicket. Wade had reached halfway across the pitch when he saw Kohli drop the ball. However, Steve Smith at the non-striker’s end did not bulge as Kohli picked up his mess and threw the ball at wicketkeeper KL Rahul, who ran Wade out.

With 195 needed, India went on a decent start as KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan opened. Both openers scored 30 and 52 respectively, with captain Kohli smashing 40 off just 24. However, after their dismissals, India started feeling pressure. With Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer on the pitch, the Men in Blue needed 46 in less than four overs. Perhaps, a moment of magic by India’s favourite all-rounder as Pandya smashed a brilliant 42 off just 22 with two sixes to win the match.

 

2nd T20I Australia Tour of India – 2019

In this action-packed India vs Australia match, the Men in Blue were asked to bat first after losing the toss. Southpaw opener Shikhar Dhawan lost his wicket early for 14 off 24 balls, making way for captain Virat Kohli. KL Rahul smashed 47 off just 26 balls, hitting four maximums to please the crowd. However, he couldn’t complete his fifty, with angst on his face clear as the night sky.

It wasn’t long before a strong opening by India took a turn with the scoreboard showing 74/3 in 11 overs. Former skipper MS Dhoni joined the new captain Kohli on the pitch as both hard-hitters prepared to give the visitors a thorough thrashing. Dhoni went on a riot, smashing 40 off just 23. Kohli was phenomenal with 72* off just 38 balls. His six sixes were a thing of beauty as the crowd erupted with every swing of the bat.

With a target of 191 for Australia, the Men in Blue seemed to go on a flying start, bagging two wickets in four overs. From there on in, India looked at the driving seat with the scoreboard showing 95-3 in the 12th over. However, India were not prepared for Glenn Maxwell as the Aussie all-rounder punished the Indian bowlers with his devastating 113* off just 55. India lost the match from a decent position, thanks to Maxwell’s humbling ton.

 

India vs Australia, T20 World Cup – 2016

In a Super Ten Group 2 match in the 2016 World Cup, India met Australia, who chose to bat first. The match saw legends like Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh play with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya for India. India kept scalping wickets off the Australian batting order with a fall of wickets almost every three overs. The Men in Blue did a brilliant job in subduing the Australian attack with every bowler except Ravindra Jadeja picking at least one wicket. Ashish Nehra was the most economical bowler with just 5.00 in four overs and a wicket to show for it.

In the second innings, India started decently but would lose both their openers by the sixth over. Virat Kohli would step up as No. 3 and take on the mighty Australian bowlers. With no decent support from his non-strikers, Kohli remained stout against some of Australia’s dangerous seamers. 10 runs from Suresh Raina and 21 from Yuvraj Singh were all the support a young Kohli would get until his captain MS Dhoni came on.

Kohli went on to smash 82* off 51 balls while Dhoni smashed 18 off 10 with three boundaries, including the match-winning four on the first ball of the final over. India won by six wickets and went on to face the West Indies in the semi-finals.

Also Read: Virat Kohli to Suryakumar: India’s top T20I batters of 2022 so far

 

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