T20I India vs Australia: Natarajan, Pandya Star in the T20 Series win against the Aussies
With three straight wins (including the last ODI victory), India sealed the T20Is on their return to SCG – and made Virat Kohli the second captain with the distinction of winning a series in all three formats in Australia.
This article originally appeared in FirstPost.com
Transformation in a week?
One Sunday ago, following two heavy losses in three days in Sydney, India looked like they were facing a long summer at Down Under. Seven days later, with three straight wins, India sealed the T20Is on their return to SCG – and made Virat Kohli the second captain with the distinction of winning a series in all three formats in Australia.
Another win at the same location on Tuesday, meanwhile, will complete an unbeaten year in T20I for India, while seeing them tie the longest unbeaten streak in Men’s T20I (12 games).
Of course, the toughest challenge of their two-month tour still awaits them, but there will be wind in the sails of visitors before they enter the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Game changer of the 2nd match T20:
T Natarajan: the newest addition to the bowling attack
On a day when the rest of the bowlers in the game went to 10.29 points per over, T Natarajan conceded 20 in four overs. One day when the rest of the bowlers fled a limit every five balls, it took the 24th ball delivered by Natarajan for an Australian batsman to find the ropes.
And 10 might actually be a conservative estimate, given that the other four Indian bowlers went for 2/173 in their 16 overs; just break down the four overs played by India’s newest pitcher T20I on Sunday, as happened.
Natarajan had his first look of the day with Australia 46/0 on four occasions – he conceded just one point, while removing D’Arcy Short. His next was ninth in the round, immediately after dangerous Matthew Wade fell, and neither Steven Smith nor Glenn Maxwell took any chances by taking six singles.
T Natarajan gave just 20 points in his four-overs quota while taking two wickets. In the 15th over, a combination of slower balls and weak full throws kept Smith and Moises Henriques five points.
And in the 19th – another clutch execution of the same kind of bowling – even a last-ball four from Daniel Sams only meant an eight-point addition to the Australian total, with the wicket losing to Marcus Stoinis. The four non-Natarajan overs to the death cost India 54 races.
With nine balls remaining in the game, India was still 23 away from their 195 goal. Hardik Pandya faced 15 balls for 19 points, his only limit being choppy effort from the outside edge of his blade. But as he had already shown during this Australian summer – and the IPL before that, and pretty much throughout white ball cricket in recent years – he beats in a different dimension.
In IPL 2020, no one with more than a six had a better bullet-to-six ratio than Pandya’s 6.2. As of the start of 2019, no one with over 500 T20 runs has a better hit rate than Pandya’s 178.48 – and only Andre Russell has a better six hit rate (6.2, vs. Pandya’s 7.4 ). Even going through 2017, the only batsmen with over 1,000 runs in format with a better hit rate than Pandya (162.43) are Russell and Thisara Perera.
When you are in this category, there is an extraordinary sense of belief in your ability to find the limits – and there was, given the absence of shotgun players, a sense of inevitability upon arrival as. this happened at SCG.
In the next seven balls – 4, 4, 1, 2, 6, 0, 6 – Pandya wiped out the contest.
“I realized that you always have more time than you think in T20 matches,” he explained immediately after his exploits.
India’s dominance of death makes the difference
The fact that India has maintained its run of never losing a T20I bilateral streak of more than one game in Australia, with one game to go, comes down, quite simply, to the difference in the batting displays of the two. teams to death. In 10 deaths in the two games, Australia scored 99 points for the loss of five wickets. India, in 9.4 overs, amassed 118 while losing three wickets.
The ease of finding limits at the clutch stage is arguably the most important factor for India’s series victory. Thanks to Ravindra Jadeja’s sensational effort in Canberra and Pandya’s punch in Sydney – as well as two hits from Shreyas Iyer worth their weight in gold – India took less than four balls, on average, for deliver a limit in death over (10 four and five six).
Australia, on the other hand, was only half as effective – two fours and six sixes, giving them a bullets-to-border ratio of 7.5.
The slow and ‘stuck’ road has been the bane of many top Indian T20 drummers in the recent past. On Sunday, Steven Smith – so often the bane of Indian bowling efforts at SCG – slipped into a similar slide.