NAGPUR: Rohit Sharma showed his six-hit prowess with an undefeated 46 after Axar Patel smashed two wickets in a fiery spell as India picked up a six-wicket win over Australia in a rain hit second T20I here on Friday.
The Indian skipper broke four sixes and as many fours as he single-handedly helped India chase a 91 goal with four balls to spare in a match that was reduced to eight overs per team due to a wet outdoor field.
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Earlier, Matthew Wade hit an unbeaten 43 from 20 balls to fire Australia at 90 for five.
Wade hit four limits and three towering sixes – all in the final against Harshal Patel (0/32) – while skipper Aaron Finch hit 31 from 15 after Rohit invited Australia to play in a game that was delayed two and a half hours.
Chasing the target, Rohit made his intention clear as he launched into a six-hit series, unleashing three monstrous hits on Josh Hazlewood in the opening to get India’s pursuit off to a flying start.

The India fly-half then dropped Pat Cummins’ slower delivery (1/23 in 2 overs) into the stands before lifting Adam Zampa (3/16 in 2 overs) on long-off for another maximum.
But the spinner came back to disturb the stumps of KL Rahul (10), who was looking to go for a slog-sweep.
Virat Kohli (11) then landed a limit from Daniel Sams, before hitting one over Zampa’s head for four more.

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However, the spinner won the battle of wits as his faster delivery beat the Indian and dislodged the stumps.
Zampa scored a double hit by trapping Suryakumar Yadav (0) in the very next ball as India slipped to 55 for 3 in 4.3 overs.
Unfazed by falling wickets, Rohit continued to go strong as he clipped one over the cover and then fired a short fine wide as Sean Abbott conceded 11 runs.
Hardik Pandya scored a four against Cummins but couldn’t stay long as he slammed into Finch in the seventh.

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Designated finisher Dinesh Karthik then played his part to perfection, knocking out the remaining points with a six and a four from Sams.
Earlier Australia were looking to put on a show for the capacity crowd at the VCA Stadium but Axar Patel (2/13 in 2 overs) broke two wickets in an impressive spell to leave them at 31 for 3.
Jasprit Bumrah (1/23 in 2 overs), who had been out of action since the England tour ended with a back injury, produced a sensational yorker to get rid of the dangerous Finch during his spell.
However, Wade ensured the visitors ended things on a high as he and Steve Smith (8) added 44 points in the last 18 balls.
Harshal had another unforgettable night as he conceded 32 without a wicket in his two overs.
Both teams will now travel to Hyderabad for the decisive third T20I of the series on Sunday.



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