Indian skipper Virat Kohli emerges as the first Asian captain to script a record by winning the series in all formats in Australia. Virat achieved this feat after beating Australia in the 2nd T20I match against Australia.
Virat Kohli scripts record against Australia
Among various record as player Virat Kohli set a new record against Australia as a captain. Kohli had led India to a 2-1 win in the 2018-19 Test series and followed that up with a 2-1 win in the ODI series. Now under his captaincy, India has gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing T20I series.
While India had drawn the T20 series on that last tour, they managed to clinch it this time by winning the first two matches. The third match takes place on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India had won a T20 series in 2016 when MS Dhoni’s side won it 3-0. Dhoni had also led India to a triangular series win in Australia in the 2007-08 season.
Despite bringing India success in white-ball cricket, Dhoni’s team always failer to emulate the same in Test cricket. His team had suffered the embarrassing 4-0 whitewash in the 2011-12 series.
Dhoni also lost the ODI series 4-1 in 2015-16. Dhoni also jointly led the Indian side in the 2014-15 series where India lost 2-0.
It should also be noted, that no other Test-playing nation from Asia – Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh have won a series in the longest format Down Under.
Australia vs India 2nd T20I
India set to chase a mammoth target of 194 in the second T20I against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan’s 52 and captain Virat Kohli’s 40 along with a 22-ball 30 from K.L. Rahul helped India bring the equation down to 14 runs needed off the last over in their chase of a target of 195.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya took the limelight again as he smashed two sixes in the last over to help India win the second T20I of the three-match series against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday.
Pandya, who had back-to-back sixes in the second last over bowled by Andrew Tye, was on strike against Daniel Sams and took two runs off the first ball. He then hit the second ball wide of long-on and cleared the boundary.