India vs Australia: Kohli loses 1st home series as captain after Maxwell’s Bengaluru blitz

first_imgBrief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Maxwell (113*), Short (40), Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsVirat Kohli’s unbeaten run as captain at home came to end on Wednesday after India lost the second T20I to Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Following the 3-wicket defeat in Visakhapatnam, India lost the two-match series 2-0.The T20I series defeat is also the first time India lost a bilateral series at home in any format since the start of 2016. Notably, Virat Kohli took over as captain in Tests during the 2014-15 season while he was handed over the reins in limited-overs cricket in 2017.This is also the fourth time India have lost a T20I series at home after 2011 vs England, 2012 vs New Zealand and 2015 vs South Africa.India were handed a seven-wicket thrashing in Bengaluru after Glenn Maxwell hit his third T20I century in Australia’s successful chase of 191. Maxwell hit 113 not out from just 55 balls. The Big Show hit 9 sixes and 7 boundaries as he sent the India bowlers for a leather hunt.India bowlers, especially their spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya, struggled to grip the ball with a bit of dew setting in. The two spinners conceded 80 runs between them and went wicketless as Maxwell hit them to all parts of the park.Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up three wickets for just 16 runs in the first T20I, gave India a glimmer of hope by coming up with a superb penultimate over yet again, conceding just five runs. However, Maxwell held his nerve and hit a six and a boundary off Siddharth Kaul’s final over to take Australia past the finish line.advertisementEarlier in the day, Virat Kohli led India’s batting display from the front, scoring an unbeaten 72 off just 38 balls. MS Dhoni chipped in with a 23-ball 40 as the senior campaigners added 100 for the fourth wicket after India lost three wickets in quick succession.However, 190 was not enough as D’Arcy Short and Maxwell kept Australia’s asking rate under check with some brutal hitting. India felt the absence of a part-timer in their five-man bowling attack, which had only three speciallist bowlers.Also Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicsAlso Read | Clinical Australia outplayed us in both games: Virat Kohli after India’s T20I series lossAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell’s 3rd hundred delivers historic T20I series win for Australia vs IndiaAlso See:last_img

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