Leading Online Desk : IND vs AUS T20 : In the third T20 match against Australia, the Indian team lost the match despite scoring 222 runs. In this match played at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, the Indian team set Australia a target of 223 runs on the strength of opener Rituraj Gaikwad’s (123 not out) century while batting first, but Australia completed such a big challenge by losing 5 wickets on the last ball. Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell made the Indian bowlers very confused. On the strength of his brilliant century, the Kangaroos managed to win the match.
Rituraj’s century in vain
In the last two overs, Australia needed 43 runs to win. Glenn Maxwell and captain Matthew Wade combined to lead Australia to an unexpected victory. Akshar Patel gave away 22 runs in the 19th over while the famous Krishna spent 23 in the 20th over to gift Australia victory. Due to this defeat of Team India, Rituraj’s century went in vain. Despite this, he defended the bowlers after the match.
‘Bowlers prove costly in death overs’ (IND vs AUS T20)
In the post-match press conference, Rituraj Gaikwad said that the outfield was so wet that it was difficult to catch the ball. This made our bowlers expensive in the death overs. No target was difficult for them as there was dew on the ground’, he explained. He also praised Glenn Maxwell’s century. He also said that his innings was brilliant as he won the match with his team needing 50 runs in 3 overs.
‘Bowling with a wet ball…’ (IND vs AUS T20)
Gaikwad added, ‘I don’t think it’s a matter of concern. It felt like we were bowling with a wet ball. Such a situation is very difficult for bowlers. So 12, 13 or even 14 runs can be scored in each over. But this is not a matter of concern. The situation was difficult and we have to accept it and move on.’
4th T20 Match in Raipur (IND vs AUS T20)
Australia’s Glenn Maxwell smashed 104 runs off 48 balls. On the strength of his innings, Australia won the third T20I match by 5 wickets. With this win, Australia kept themselves alive in the five-match series. The series is now 2-1 with two more matches remaining. The fourth match of the series will be played in Raipur on Friday.