India beat Australia by 44-run to take 2-0 lead in T20 series - GulfToday

India beat Australia by 44-run to take 2-0 lead in T20 series


Matthew Wade (C) talks to India's Ravi Bishnoi after Australia lost their second T20 match against India in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. AP

Wrist spinner Ravi Bishnoi took 3-32 to bowl India to a 44-run victory over Australia in their second Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday and give the hosts a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

The top-three batters scored half-centuries to propel India to 235-4, its highest score in T20s against Australia.

Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal led the way at Thiruvananthapuram with 53 off 25 balls, while Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan scored 58 and 52, respectively.

Jaiswal-vsAUs Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his fifty runs during the second T20 match in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on Sunday. AP

In reply, Australia finished on 191-9 in 20 overs. Pacer Prasidh Krishna took 3-41 in four overs.

Marcus Stoinis top-scored for Australia with 45 off 25 balls, but couldn’t take his side anywhere near the target. Australia captain Matthew Wade opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

Australia, who lost the first of the five matches four days after being crowned champions of the ODI World Cup, need 236 to level the series.

IshanKishan Ishan Kishan falls on the ground during the second T20 match. AFP

India won the first T20 in Visakhapatnam by two wickets. Australia made two changes with World Cup winners Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa included after resting in the previous game, which was played just four days Australia beat India in the Cricket World Cup final.

India fielded an unchanged side. The third T20 game is on Tuesday at Guwahati.

Jaiswal laid the foundations for the total after he raced to his fifty in 24 balls but soon fell to fast bowler Nathan Ellis, who got three wickets. Jaiswal was severe on Sean Abbott and smashed the fast bowler for three fours and two sixes in a 24-run fourth over.

Kishan, a wicketkeeper-batsman, raised his fifty with a six off leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha before he got out to Marcus Stoinis.




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