After going for 55 runs in the first T20I against Australia in Brisbane, Krunal Pandya registered the best bowling figures by an Indian leg-spinner on Australian soil in T20Is.
Krunal registered his career-best bowling figures of 4/36 as he helped beat Australia by six wickets in the final T20I match to level the series by 1-1.
In a post-match press conference, Krunal said "It is very difficult when you play your first game in Australia and you get hammered for 53 from 4 overs. To come out of that was not easy. It took me a while to back myself much more, especially when you have hardly played any game at this level".
"Giving away 50-plus runs in Brisbane was very tough for me and the next 24 hours were tough. I had to convince myself again. Whatever anyone says, it takes some time to set in. When I played the second game (in Melbourne), I was very clear with my plans what I have to do," Krunal added.
Chasing 165 runs India made a quick start with Rohit and Dhawan hitting 23 and 41 runs respectively before Indian skipper Virat Kohli steadied their innings with 60 runs partnership alongside Dinesh Karthik.
Kohli was unbeaten at 61 runs with his partner Dinesh Karthik at 22. Kohli scored the winning runs by hiiting the ball for a four off Andrew Tye's ball.
India will play a practice match against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney on November 28 before they play Australia in a 4 match Test series starting from December 6 in Adelaide.
The feeling is always good when you contribute in a winning way - @krunalpandya24 tells @Jaspritbumrah93 in this candid chat post match at the SCG.— BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2018
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