India defeated Australia in the 4th T20I at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium, Raipur. They have now won the series 3-1 before the last match. The Men in Blue were invited to bat first openers, and Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal got them off to a solid start, with the latter taking on the Australian bowling assault. During the powerplay, they combined for 50 runs. Jaiswal was the first to return to the dugout after scoring 37 runs. Gaikwad also started playing strokes after the wickets of Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav.
Rinku Singh, who has been the finisher for the Men in Blue, played a different role when they were struggling at 80/3. The UP-born batter stitched a partnership of 48 runs with Gaikwad. During the match, he played some excellent shots, of which the reverse sweep six over the third man was the one that caught the attention of the fans. India skipper Surya's expression has also gone viral on social media.
The batter has been in outstanding form in the series he finished the match in the first game and played a brilliant knock of 31 runs off 9 deliveries in the second game as well. Rinku has been one of the best young talents in the country right now. On Friday night he played crucial innings of 46 runs off 29 balls and helped India score a defendable score of 174/9. He also stitched a partnership with Jitesh Sharma who played a fiery knock of 35 runs off 19 balls.
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Axar Patel shines for India
India won their 14th series at home in T20I as the two-time world champions last lost a series in 2019. Axar Patel who bowled brilliantly was named the man of the match. The all-rounder picked three wickets giving away just 16 runs in his four overs.
Axar after the match said, "Since the first game I had been bowling well, so one-odd over for runs doesn't give me stress. I was thinking how to bowl with my strength, even if one match you go for runs, you stick to your strengths, stay strong mentally and bowl stump to stump."