India vs Australia 4th T20I Report: India were thrown down to 174 for 9 and it seemed the series would even up to 2-2. But this time, Indian spinners made their twirly-whirly magic work, unlike in the World Cup 2023 final. This resulted in India bagging the match as well as the series, a sigh from the high-hope-crashdown-mourn in the ultimate tournament.
India owe one to Ravi Bishnoi and Axar Patel
Despite having a vulnerable target of 174, which is almost 50 runs less than the score they had in the third T20I, India spun the Kangaroos down with the sponsorship of Axar Patel and Ravi Bishnoi. They played pivotal roles in the successful defense on a challenging Raipur pitch. While Axar took two leaving 16 runs and Bishnoi clinched one leaving 17, Chahar got hold of two even though he was a bit expensive.
Chase Got an Aggressive Start But…
Australia’s Travis Head made an aggressive start in the chase but was dismissed by Axar Patel for 31 off 16 balls. Bishnoi’s skillful bowling, delivering a series of challenging wrong’uns, added pressure to Australia’s middle order. Despite Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 36, the rising required run rate proved too much for Australia.
Rinku Showed His Worth
Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma’s attacking play earlier helped India reach a respectable total. Rinku’s dynamic innings, including a ferocious reverse-swept six, and Jitesh’s explosive batting were vital contributions. However, Australia’s Ben Dwarshuis and Jason Behrendorff applied effective variations in the final two overs, limiting India to 174 for 9.
In the bowling department, Bishnoi and Axar shone during the powerplay, with Bishnoi dismissing Josh Philippe with his first delivery. As per IND vs AUS 4th T20 Highlights, Axar’s crucial wickets included the dismissals of Head, Hardie, and McDermott. Deepak Chahar, playing for India after a hiatus, contributed with key wickets in the later stage.
Despite an impressive unbeaten 123 by Ruturaj Gaikwad in the previous game, his performance was more subdued this time, scoring 32 off 28 balls. The win secured the series for India, highlighting the effectiveness of spin bowling and collective efforts in both batting and bowling departments.
India vs Australia 4th T20I Report: Score Summary
174 for 9 (Rinku 46, Jitesh 35, Dwarshuis 3-40)
154 for 7 (Wade 36*, Head 31, Axar 3-16, Chahar 2-44)
India won by 20 runs