In the ongoing five-match T20I series against Australia, Rinku Singh showcased his aggressive batting prowess, delivering an unbeaten knock of 31 runs from just 9 balls. The left-handed batsman displayed his prowess with 4 fours and 2 sixes, earning praise from former West Indies player Ian Bishop, who commended him as Team India’s emerging match finisher.

Having opted to bat first, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad took advantage of favorable conditions, forming a robust opening partnership of 77 runs off 35 balls. Jaiswal swiftly notched up 50 runs off 24 deliveries, including nine fours and two sixes, before being caught in the sixth over. Ishan Kishan continued the onslaught, securing a 29-ball half-century in his second consecutive fifty of the series. Kishan’s aggressive innings, coupled with Gaikwad’s contributions, propelled India to a commanding position at 189-3. Stand-in skipper Suryakumar Yadav added to the total before Rinku Singh’s explosive 31 not out at a remarkable strike rate of 344.44 propelled India to a formidable 235/4 in 20 overs.

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Australia’s chase faced early setbacks, with openers Steve Smith and Matthew Short both contributing 19 runs before Bishnoi dismissed Short. Subsequent breakthroughs included Josh Inglis and Glenn Maxwell, the latter falling to Axar Patel. Prasidh Krishna played a crucial role in Australia’s struggles, claiming three wickets, including the dismissal of Smith. Despite a partnership between Stoinis and Tim David, Australia found themselves at 58-4 in 7.2 overs. Stoinis and David added 81 for the fifth wicket, but their efforts were curtailed as Bishnoi and Krishna struck again. In the end, Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 42 off 23 balls offered some resistance, but Australia ultimately concluded their innings at 161/9.

The third T20 match is set for Tuesday at Guwahati.