After taking a series lead and with Jadeja being ruled out, India still went on to the second T20I with a bunch of talented batsmen and decent all-rounders against an Australian side that still had their captain missing. Despite both teams going through a series of injuries, it still turned out to be a high total thriller with Australia posting 194 on the board with the loss of 5 wickets, with India chasing it down through a tricky situation into a comfortable victory with two balls to spare.
With Aaron Finch suffering a niggle from the previous match, Mathew Wade decided to captain the side. With India winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Wade decided to lead from the front and opened with Darcy Short. Wade went to take on every bowler in the likes of a T20 specialist like Chahar for a first over 13 and Washington Sundar. Wade and Darcy kept the pace to score boundaries in every over and attacked the Indian Bowlers, where the buildup to the innings was Wade smashing as many runs as possible and Darcy rotating the strike and providing support to Wade.
It was at the time when Darcy opened up his arms to get caught on Deep Mid wicket, where Shreyas had to dive backwards to catch, by making it look so easy. It was Wade and Smith on the crease, who steadied the ship. Wade wonderfully completed his half-century, but Smith was looking to build his innings by his flawless and unorthodox shots, all around the park. Once Wade got out, Australia was left at the backfoot. With every fall of a wicket, Austalia found themselves in the back foot, but it was in the tail end of the innings that Henqieus and Stoinis gave Australia the total of 194. India initially went quite hard at the Aussie bowlers going at 10 runs an over, but as soon as India lost Kl Rahul, it seemed to deaccelerated, leading India to score only 25 run post the batting powerplay, talking the team to 86/1.
India still needed another 109 in the last 10 at a required rate of 10.9 and did not seem worried by the required rate as having practised pretty much in IPL and with two settled batsmen on the crease, there were chances they could cross the line, with the batting depth they possess. As soon as Shikhar got himself deceived by Zampa, Kohli went to attack the bowlers, with some classy shots, especially the signature shot of AB de Villiers that went viral on the Internet. Samson played a good cameo with some awesome stroke play doing what he has done for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL before he was caught by Steven Smith standing on Long off.
As soon as Kohli and Pandya were looking to dominate the tail end of the innings to hurry India to victory, Kohli was edged by Daniel Sams behind stumps, to put India in a tricky situation with 45 needing of 23 balls. Pandya and Shreyas did not seem bothered by the situation and slammed sixes and fours at will. Shreyas was quite impressive in the middle, with his back to back boundaries cutting won the number of runs required to a run a ball, before Pandya struck for Six in the end over deep mid-wicket, helping India seal series, with the last one to be played on Tuesday at the very same venue, here in Sydney.