India vs Australia 5th T20I Report: The climax-over was as exciting as Christopher Nolan’s movie, and when the period of pin-drop silence was done, it was Indian fans who cheered at the end, and the close victory made the insignificant match of the series sweeter. With the win, India made it 4-1 in the series, and though it might not be the perfect tissue to wipe off the World Cup tears, it might be some help for sure.
Bishnoi, Axar, and Arshdeep put the kangaroos to bed.
Once again, having a shakable score put the Indian bowlers on the test, and to be honest, despite having some hiccups here and there, they took care of it pretty well. Spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Axar Patel capitalized on a turning pitch, while Arshdeep Singh’s stellar final over ensured India finished off the series smiling.
A Bungly Start
The match saw India recover from a shaky start, with Shreyas Iyer’s pivotal 53 runs anchoring the innings. Yashasvi Jaiswal being quick helped as well. Tanveer Sangha’s spin threatened India’s top order, but Iyer’s partnership with Axar proved crucial. Sangha, who turned 22 during the series, showcased improved accuracy, finishing with a commendable 1 for 26 off four overs.
When Indian Spinners Became Whirling Dervishes
Well, it was definitely delightful to watch the twirly balls spinning and turning on the pitch, but not for Kangaroo batters, for sure, as it was the last thing they wanted. India’s spin duo put them on the check, and whoever resisted had to go back to the pavilion to join the spectators. As per the IND vs AUS 5th T20I Highlights, Bishnoi dismissed Head early, and Axar further complicated matters for Australia. The game-changing 17th over, where Mukesh Kumar claimed crucial wickets, tilted the scales in India’s favor. Despite a late surge from Matthew Wade, who threatened to be a spearhead with back-to-back boundaries during the endgame, Arshdeep’s composed final over secured India’s tense victory.
Ben McDermott emerged as a standout performer for Australia, showing some big hist in his 54-run tally. Tanveer Sangha, despite a challenging series, bowled impressively in the middle overs.
The series, although effectively a dead rubber, served as valuable preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup for both teams.
India vs Australia 5th T20I Report: Score Summary
160 for 8 (Iyer 53, Dwarshuis 2-30, Behrendorff 2-38)
154 for 8 (McDermott 54, Mukesh 3-32, Bishnoi 2-29)
India won by six runs