Bumrah left Steve Smith on the ground with a brilliant yorker and although it didn’t result in a dismissal, it did take the Australia star off-the-guard.
Team India registered a six-wicket victory against Australia in the second T20I to level the three-match series in Nagpur on Friday. In a rain-shortened match at the VCA Stadium, Rohit Sharma invited Australia to bat as the defending champions put 90/5 in eight overs; in reply, India chased down the target with four balls remaining. Rohit played a match-winning knock of unbeaten 46 off just 20 deliveries, while Dinesh Karthik finished the game as he smashed a six and a four off the first two deliveries of the final over.
The match also saw the return of Jasprit Bumrah in India colours for the first time since July earlier this year, when India toured England. The premier fast bowler was forced to miss out on the 2022 Asia Cup due to injury, and was further rested for the first T20I in Mohali too, as a precautionary measure. Bumrah showed his class in the Nagpur match as he produced a stunning yorker delivery to dismiss Aaron Finch – but that wasn’t all.
Bumrah also troubled Australia’s star batter Steve Smith with a similar yorker and although this one didn’t result in a dismissal, it did take the Australia star off-the-guard.
He scored 62 runs in the same match Kohli had scored that ton and pulled off a 35-ball 55 against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday
In the run-chase, Rohit stuck at one end as he smashed four fours and as many sixes en route to his unbeaten 46, while Karthik played a last over cameo, smashing unbeaten 10 off 2 deliveries against Daniel Sams.
The deciding T20I of the series will be played in Hyderabad on September 25.