In a thrilling showdown between India and Australia in the fifth and final T20 match in Bengaluru, the spotlight shone on a remarkable moment that defined the course of the game. Australia’s Travis Head, riding high on confidence, smashed a massive six off Indian leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi. However, the young spinner, undeterred by Head’s boastful display, bounced back with extraordinary finesse.
Australia’s captain, Matthew Wade, won the toss and chose to bowl first, seeking to gain an edge in the series. Despite the challenging batting conditions, India set a target of 160 runs. The World Cup final hero, Travis Head, provided a blistering start for Australia, scoring 22 runs off 14 balls.
The turning point came in the 5th over when Captain Suryakumar Yadav entrusted the ball to leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi. Head, having just hit a six, faced Bishnoi’s next delivery, only to fall prey to the spinner’s magic. Bishnoi cleverly bowled a googly, leaving Head clueless as the ball dodged his bat and dismantled the off stump. Head had to depart after contributing 28 runs in 18 balls.
As the Australian innings faced a setback, India gained momentum. Shreyas Iyer’s impressive half-century, comprising 53 runs in 37 balls, stabilized India’s innings on the slow Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch. Despite the relentless efforts of the Australian bowlers, Iyer’s commanding performance, featuring five fours and two sixes, guided India to a competitive total.
The clash between Head and Bishnoi encapsulated the essence of the match—unpredictable and exhilarating. Bishnoi’s quick retaliation showcased his resilience and added a captivating twist to the T20 spectacle. With the series already secured by India, this intense encounter set the stage for a memorable conclusion to the T20 series between these cricketing giants.