Pandya and Shreyas Iyer scored 37 runs in the final three overs as India defeated Australia by six wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground. With this win, India took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Batting first, Australia once again exacerbated the woes of Indian bowlers and the team scored a total of 194, with Matthew Wade and Steve Smith scoring 58 and 46 respectively. No Indian bowler, other than T Natarajan, was able to drop his mark and the catches did not help the visitors.
With Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scoring 52 and 40 respectively, India were able to stay on track throughout the entire chase. In the final overs, Hardik (42 *) and Shreyas (12 *) put on big shots to save Men in Blue by six wickets and two balls.
The right-handed batsman said he learned from his past mistakes and used his past experience to chase monumental goals.
“I like to look at the scoreboard and play as I know which bowlers I want to target. I have gone through these situations many times and I have learned from my mistakes in the past. My game is always around confidence. I carry a fine line where I support myself and Don’t be overly confident. I always remember the times we chased a huge amount and it helps, “Pandya said after the match.
Pandya, who won the man of the match award, said he was praised for his good performance in the match as he finished with 2-20 points in his four overs.
“He was batting really well and we wanted to make a positive and special mention of Natarajan. The bowlers struggled here and I think they have to be great because they have a really good game,” Allrounder added.
The third and final T20 match will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.