In the final T20I of the series against Australia, Shreyas Iyer played a captivating innings, guiding India to a respectable total of 160 runs. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Iyer stood tall, anchoring the Indian innings and ensuring a competitive score for the team. Iyer entered the crease in the fourth over and showcased his exceptional batting prowess.
Unfazed by the lack of support from his teammates, he maintained a steady run rate, navigating the challenging pitch with remarkable composure. His innings was a beacon of hope for India amidst a flurry of dismissals. Unfortunately, Iyer’s valiant stay at the crease was brought to an end in the final over by Nathan Ellis.
Ellis delivered a precise yorker that crashed into the middle stump, cutting Iyer’s innings short. Despite his dismissal, Iyer had already made a significant contribution, scoring a remarkable 53 runs off just 37 balls. His innings, which included five fours and two sixes, struck at an impressive rate of over 143, propelling India to a fighting total.
Apart from Iyer’s stellar knock, Jitesh Sharma and Axar Patel also made valuable contributions, scoring 24 and 31 runs respectively. Their efforts further bolstered India’s innings.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Shreyas Iyer:
Tanveer Sangha emerged as the star bowler for Australia, claiming the prized wicket of Rinku Singh and finishing with an impressive spell of 1/26. Reflecting on his bowling performance, Sangha remarked that batters taking risks presented him with opportunities.
Tanvir Sangha said, “Bit of tackiness in it, if you hit your length, it’s hard to get it off the square. Great pitch to bowl spin on. That’s the main thing with any wrist spinner – consistency. If a spinner can control his length, he can be very successful on most pitches in India. The more I can get it outside of their hitting line, the more hard it is for them. More risk for him, more advantage for me. That’s what I was trying to do against the lefties and tried to attack the stumps against the righties.”
Despite having already sealed the series 3-1, India faces the challenge of defending their total of 160 runs against a determined Australian side.