India entered Sydney with their unbeaten record in 19 T20I series on the line. Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch which had similar traits to an Indian surface. After a positive start, the Indian spinners came into their own and got the Australians all tangled up.
A quick finish bolted Australia's score to 164 and it was just about par on the day. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan galloped away to a bright start and this set the platform perfectly for a good chase. Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has at his absolute best in the match, acknowledged the impact of the openers.
"Things become pretty easy when those two (Shikhar and Rohit) guys do the job for us. We thought the wicket slowed down with the old ball. That's how T20 cricket goes," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
'We were more professional with the ball'
Speaking about the effort of his bowlers, Kohli said that they executed the skills very well and stuck to the game plan.
"With the ball, we were more professional today. I thought it was a 180 wicket," Kohli said.
Speaking about his own role in the side, the skipper said that his job is to come one drop after the openers and carry forward the momentum.
"DK did really well at the end. Maxi and Zampa both bowled well, especially Maxi who has a gut feel of the batsmen. Overall, skill wise, we were better on the day than Australia. When our openers get into the zone they're difficult to stop. I come in at three and attempt to take us home," the captain assessed.
It was a good game for young Krunal Pandya who stole the show with the ball with a 4-wicket haul. He spoke about he prepared after the bashing received in the 1st match.
"Feels great to contribute to a win. Was preparing myself after that first game where I went for runs. All the wickets were my favourite because I wasn't getting any wickets and they were hammering me in the first game. Best part of our team is that they back each and every player," Krunal said.