5th T20I: Shreyas Iyer, bowlers star as India win

Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer was able to notch up a half-century. The fastest bowlers of the Indian cricket team, Mukesh Kumar and Arshdeep Singh, were able to secure five wickets. This led the Indian team to a gripping six-run victory against Australia in the fifth and final T20 international. The match happened at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

This win by the Indian cricket team let down Australia’s hopes of getting a consolation win this Sunday.

Australia, in search of 160 runs in Bangalore’s stadium, seemed self-confident when Ben McDermott achieved 54 runs. But the hunt faltered when this 28-year-old tried to launch Arshdeep (2–40) for a six. However, it ended long ago.

After the dismissal of Ben, Kumar (3-32) easily claimed two wickets, which led Australia to 129-7. Arshdeep then got the final over, conceding three runs and leading to the dismissal of Mattew Wade, the captain.

After the match, Arshdeep said, ‘I was thinking that in the first three overs, too many runs were given, but I was expecting another chance. Thank you to God; I was able to defend it and others who believed in me.’

Iyer rescues the closing India batting 

India batted first, and Yashasvi Jaiswal opened. It was a quick start, but he failed to make it. The dismissal of Jaiswal on the last ball of the fourth over affected a lot. This led to Iyer rebuilding the inning.

Shreyas Iyer was completely watchful, according to the situation. He was able to score only 12 on 15 balls. This was before Dwarshuis launched for six over mid-off. Iyer was able to find the rhythm and even enjoyed Axar’s support in getting a 46-run sixth wicket in a partnership.

Shreyas smashed Nathan Ellis for a six. This happened in a well-timed inning after making eight runs in the series debut at Raipur.

Sangha completes on a high 

Tanveer Sangha, a legspinner, can feel weary after being part of the Australian white-ball tour that started in late August, before the World Cup.

He spent time on the sidelines during the entire World Cup. But, finally got the opportunity in this T20I series. It was against a raging India batting line-up to take him down.

Sangha entered with figures like 4 out of 153 from 16 overs. But he bowled exceptionally during the three-over spell and in the middle over. He turned 22 in the series but has a habit of bowling 1-2 bad deliveries. However, he was accurate to complete with 1 for 26 off four overs.

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