IND 190/4 (20.0ov)
AUS 194/3 (19.4ov)
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  • The trophy has been handed to the Australian captain and they now start celebrating. They will surely be proud of themselves. Also, they head into the ODI series with momentum on their side. 50-over action kicks off on the 2nd of March at 1330 local (0800 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye.
  • Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says it is a pretty special moment to win a series here in India. Credits the way Maxwell played. Ends by saying they have been building up for the World Cup, they have taken their fare share of knocks but have improved with time.
  • Man of the Series and Man of the Match, Glenn Maxwell says he feels really good. Mentions they were eager to win this series as they haven't enjoyed a lot of success in India. Further adds the amount of T20 cricket he has been playing has helped him. States the wicket was really good and they were expecting it to get easier when the quicks came on towards the end. Ends by saying the responsibility was on him once D'Arcy got out and he did not let the momentum slip.
  • Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that it was a pretty short series and Australia outplayed them in both games. Explains that they improved their performance here after the first T20I. Admits that 190 is a competitive total but when there is dew and when someone plays as Maxwell the opposition always deserve to win. States that a T20 series loss does not mean much before the World Cup. Says that they wanted to experiment with the squad and will continue to do so even in the ODI series. Mentions there was a lot of dew and he won't be harsh on his bowlers. On his own batting performance the skipper says this is one pitch where the ball comes to the bat nicely and the batsman can play their shot.
  • Peter Handscomb is down on the sidelines for the interview. He says it was a pleasure to sit at the other end and witness the Maxi show. Explains the plan was to take it as deep as possible and it worked. On the group confidence, Handscomb states that it is high going into the ODIs. Adds saying Maxwell stood up and it will give confidence to the rest of the batting line up. On being asked how good is Glenn Maxwell, Handscomb laughs and says he is a freak. Goes onto say he is very good and maturing with each game.
  • Earlier in the day, the Indians, ended with the total of 190, courtesy the partnership between Kohli and Dhoni. The Indian skipper scored an excellent 72 but his effort was bettered by Maxwell who scored a ton and ensured India's total was not enough.
  • The Indian bowling started off well but once the dew set in, they struggled. The spinners especially as the two went for 80 in the 8 overs they bowled. Bumrah was once again economical, Shankar got two wickets but went for runs. Kaul however, had a day to forget. In the end, it was not a bowling performance they would be happy with.
  • The chase however did not begin in the best of fashion. The experiment of opening with Stoinis once again failed and Finch's poor run with the bat continued. The Aussies were struggling at 42-2 at the end of the Powerplay and with both the spinners yet to be introduced into the attack, the chips looked down for the Aussies. However, Maxwell and Short then played smart cricket. They somehow managed to get a boundary almost every over and revived the hopes in the Australian camp. Despite the opener falling, the Aussies did not let the pressure get to them. Maxwell found the boundary when needed and Handscomb ensured he did not let the pressure build too. The Big Show got to his ton and took Australia over the line with two balls to go.
  • What a chase did we just witness! Brilliant, just brilliant! Take a bow Glenn Maxwell. What a knock by him! Australia needed someone to play a knock of a life time when they were struggling at 22-2 and it has come from the Big Show. Yes, he has stolen the show here tonight and in some style. Credit to Short and Handscomb also. First it was the former who played a good hand with Maxwell as the two scored yet another handy stand which accounted for 73. Once the left-hander fell, it was the Peter Handscomb who played as the perfect foil to Glenn who scored a ton and gave Australia their first T20I series win in India and Kohli's first loss in a series at home as Indian captain.
  • 19.4SKaul to GMaxwell

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    FOUR! MAXWELL NOW FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! He lets out a huge roar as Australia have won the T20I series and that too for the first time in India. A length ball by Kaul, Maxwell clears his front leg and slaps it through covers. The field was up so he only needed to beat the fielders in the ring and he does so. It races to the fence and GIVES AUSTRALIA THE VICTORY BY 7 WICKETS!
  • 19.3SKaul to GMaxwell

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    SIX! All the way! Maxwell has LEVELED THE SCORES IN STYLE! Takes a few steps ahead and converts it into a full toss and hits it over the long on fence for a biggie!
  • 19.2SKaul to PHandscomb

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    Just a single again! A yorker on off, PH could do is jam it out to point. Top, top stuff by the youngster here.
  • 19.1SKaul to GMaxwell

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    Good start to the last over! A single. Full toss on off, Maxwell hits it towards cover for a run.
  • 9 to bowl the last over! The responsibility has been given to Kaul. In the last game, Yadav failed to defend 13. Can he do what his veteran could not? He has 4 runs less to defend.
  • 18.6JBumrah to GMaxwell

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    On the pads, flicked away to deep mid-wicket and calmly takes one. Leaves himself with 9 to get in the last over. Meanwhile, another great over from Bumrah, just 5 from it but is it enough?
  • 18.5JBumrah to PHandscomb

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    Full toss on the leg side. Peter hits it straight again but this time towards mid on. Gets Maxwell on strike.
  • 18.4JBumrah to PHandscomb

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    Fuller ball on the stumps. Handscomb drives it along the turf but it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. Dot ball.
  • 18.3JBumrah to GMaxwell

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    Third yorker in a row! Maxwell manages to squeeze it out towards square leg for another run. Three singles to begin with.
  • 18.2JBumrah to PHandscomb

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    Another yorker, Handscomb jams it out towards point for a single.
  • 18.1JBumrah to GMaxwell

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    100 for Maxwell! What a knock and the whole ground is up, giving him a standing ovation. He deserves every bit of it as he has almost single-handedly taking Australia home here. A yorker on off, Maxwell looks to jam it out but it goes off the bottom part, on the bounce towards short third man for a run.
  • Match Preview

    1-0 Australia. Could so easily have been 1-0 India. The way the first T20I panned out, you could not have predicted the finish. The hosts racing off to a terrific start, but then losing the plot in the latter half. Then Australia set up a cruise which suddenly lost wind in the final half. So - who will walk into the the second game with confidence? One believes, India. An excellent bowling performance after a not so upto-the-mark batting performance was what they had at Visakhapatnam. The heroics of Jasprit Bumrah in the 19th over almost sealed the deal but the away side had just enough arsenal to cross the line in an enthralling finish. The architects of the victory were the bowlers and a certain Glenn Maxwell who is certainly warming up well in the lead up to the World Cup. For the hosts, the bowling performance to almost defend a paltry score and the fifty from the bat of KL Rahul would be the positives. Trust the home side to come harder in this match but also trust them to finish the job this time. The game will be played in a city which has adopted Virat Kohli as its son, courtesy the Indian Twenty20 league. The last time the Men-in-Blue played the shortest format here, they walloped England by a massive margin of 75 runs. A brilliant solo show by Yuzvendra Chahal, who incidentally is also the part of the Bengaluru Indian T20 league franchise, was the reason for that win. Another person belonging to the same franchise and who'd like to perform would be Umesh Yadav but he might not be so lucky if the team management decide to replace him with Siddharth Kaul. That though seems unlikely after just one bad show. The lack of the sixth bowler might just force India to try and draft Vijay Shankar into the line-up. As for the visitors, they might feel the need to add one extra batsman, after they almost messed up chasing a small total in the previous match. The game is set to played in a nice and cool evening at Bengaluru. Expect more runs than the first T20I for sure, with the short boundaries playing a part as well. The surface is expected to be a typical Chinnaswamy one, with some grass that will assist the pacers while also being good for batsmen to play their shots through the line as well. India have never suffered a hat-trick of losses in T20Is since 2015 (To give context, they lost the 3rd T20I against New Zealand). Australia have never won a T20I series against India, except for a one-off win in 2008. With an exciting evening in prospect, what will be the scoreline finish? Let us hope for another cracker.

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