India put up an all round performance at Melbourne to win the Australia v India 2nd T20 handsomely by 27 runs. With this clinical win, Dhoni’s men have pocketed a T20 series for the first time in Australia. While the top 3 in the Indian batting order continued their good form from Adelaide, the bowlers fought hard to choke the Australians in the chase of 185. Here are the talking points from the game.
Renaissance of the Indian top order
In the last one year, the performance of the Indian top order in the shorter formats of the game has always been subject to scrutiny. However, since the start of the ongoing tour of Australia, things have progressively brightened for Rohit, Dhawan and Co. Both Rohit and Dhawan managed to get amongst the runs in Melbourne, and gave India a rollicking 97-run opening stand to build the innings on. With the World T20 hardly a month away, such an exemplary opening partnership ought to ease the selectors’ worries to some extent.
Rise of a new generation in Indian bowling
A new generation in Indian bowling was ushered in, way back in 2007-08 when Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar had managed to get the Aussies on the ropes in their own backyard. If the last two T20s are any indication, another change of generation might already be underway. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have impressed one an all in their first couple of international matches. Their recent domestic performances have been exemplary too. Even though some might call this premature, the performance of these rookies ought to push the selectors towards unearthing fresh bowling talent from (the wilderness of) the domestic circuits. Bhuvneshwar, Ishant and Umesh should now need to play out of their skins to stay in the playing XI!
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