India defeats Australia in a T20 series to lessen the agony of the Cricket World Cup.

India defeats Australia in a T20 series to lessen the agony of the Cricket World Cup.

T20 series

India has taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match T20 cricket series by defeating Australia by 20 runs.

India sought a bit of revenge for their defeat to Australia in the 50-over Cricket World Cup final with a 20-run win in Raipur by winning the T20 series with a match to spare.

Coming to bat in the final match of the series on Friday, India scored 174-9 thanks to the brilliant innings of Rinku Singh (46) and Jitesh Sharma (35), although they could not take advantage of the last overs.

When they returned to the rescue, Axar Patel (3-16) dismantled Australia’s top order, and the tourists eventually managed to score 154-7 and India went 3-1 unbeaten in the five-match series. Took the lead.

Earlier, Yashasvi Jaiswal (37) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (32) stitched a quickfire 50-run partnership before the home team lost three early wickets, including captain Suryakumar Yadav.

Rinku and Jitesh took over as India took over and at 129-4 after 15 overs, the home side looked set for a late flourish that could take them closer to the 200-mark.

However, Australia pulled things back in the last five overs, conceding only 45 runs and taking five wickets.

Patel was out for a duck on the very first ball, but when Australia started chasing the target, the all-rounder decided to compensate with the ball.

The left-arm spinner dismissed opener Travis Head (31) and number four batsman Aaron Hardie in his consecutive overs and dismissed Ben McDermott in his final over, taking Australia’s score to 87-4 in the 12th over.

Matthew Wade scored 36 not out from 23 balls, but it was not enough in the end.

Both the ODI World Cup finalists had fielded second-tier teams for the T20 series that concludes in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Yadav was happy to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat.

“The toss didn’t go our way, but the character the boys showed is important,” he said at the post-match ceremony.

“We stated that we must express ourselves outside of ourselves; we must be brave and lucid.”

Wade acknowledged that the Indian spinners had defeated his squad in the match.

“During the post-match ceremony, we did not play spin well in the middle,” he said.

They caught us in the fifth over and wouldn’t let go.

“A few things need to be tightened up. We must never stop learning, especially the members of the team who are less seasoned than the others.These are your chances to make an impression because the World Cup is quickly approaching.

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