Hardik Pandya was the star of the present because the all-rounder powered India to a gripping second T20 international victory to take the sequence towards Australia in Sydney on Sunday.
Chasing 195, Pandya performed an important late cameo. He hit an infinite six off debutant Daniel Sams to get the successful runs – and victory by six wickets – with two balls to spare. He completed unbeaten on 42 off solely 22 balls.
Needing 25 of the ultimate 12 balls after fetching 12 within the 18th over, he introduced down the equation to 14 within the final over with two fours. The all-rounder then hit two sixes to seal the match in India’s favour.
Shikhar Dhawan earlier hit 52 off 36 balls and Virat Kohli seemed threatening earlier than being caught behind for 40, giving Sams a prized wicket.
New skipper Matthew Wade and Steve Smith hit half-centuries apiece to hold Australia to 194/5 after batting first. In reply, India had been 195/4.