Sean Abbott at centre of ugly backlash as Aussies hit new low against India

The brutal reality for the Aussies was highlighted by a ruthless new T20 record for India.

Sean Abbott's figures of 0-56 were his worst ever in a T20i match for Australia. Pic: AAP
Sean Abbott's figures of 0-56 were his worst ever in a T20i match for Australia. Pic: AAP

Australia has slumped to a second straight T20i defeat to India in another humbling match for the out-of-sorts Sean Abbott. The Aussie all-rounder was picked apart by India's batters, tonked for 56 runs off just three overs as the home side romped away with a 44-run win to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

One week after lifting the ODI Cricket World Cup, Australia's hangover continued as the Indian batters feasted on some wayward bowling from the visitors to post a mammoth 4/235 at Thiruvananthapuram - the nation's highest ever total in a men's T20i against Australia. Late cameos from from Marcus Stoinis (45), captain Matthew Wade (42 not out) and Tim David (37) were not enough as the Aussies could only manage 9/191 in reply.

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After being sent in to bat, Ruturaj Gaikwad (58), Yashasvi Jaiswal (53), Ishan Khan (52) and Rinku Singh (31 not out off nine balls) picked the Aussie attack apart, with Abbott copping the brunt of the home side's punishment. He went wicketless for the second match in succession and finished with 0-56 off just three overs at a shocking economy rate of 18.66 runs per over.

Sean Abbott roasted over poor bowling figures

Jaiswal dominated India's 1-77 powerplay, with the opener welcoming Abbott to the crease by going 4-4-4-6-6 to bring up his half-century inside the fourth over. Abbott also returned figures of 0-43 from 23 deliveries in the first match and has now gone for 99 runs across the two games, despite bowling just 41 deliveries.

Monday's second match was particularly grim for Abbott as it marked the first time he'd conceded 50 runs or more in an international T20 for Australia. The alarming figures saw the Aussie all-rounder find himself at the centre of savage backlash from fans on social media.

India's batters punish Aussie bowlers

Australia bowled poorly with the new ball before regularly losing control as the dew set in, dishing up 12 wides and a no-ball, via a chest-high full-toss from Glenn Maxwell. Nathan Ellis (3-45) picked up three of the four wickets but was expensive and Australia's three spinners were ineffective.

In reply, the Aussies started poorly when Matt Short (19) was bowled by his leg-spinning nemesis Ravi Bishnoi for the second time in five deliveries this tour. Game one centurion Josh Inglis (2) fell to a wonderful catch from Tilak Varma, before Jaiswal took two impressive catches in succession to dismiss Maxwell (12) and Steve Smith (19) - leaving the visitors reeling at 4/58 in the eighth over.

Stoinis and David gave Australia some hope but the end of their 81-run fifth-wicket stand triggered a 5-16 collapse before Wade limited some of the damage, swinging hard to the finish. Bishnoi (3-32) and seamer Prasidh Krishna (3-41) were India's best bowlers.

Marcus Stoinis was the pick of Australia's batters in game two of the T20i series against India. Pic: Getty
Marcus Stoinis was the pick of Australia's batters in game two of the T20i series against India. Pic: Getty

"There was a sweet spot in the first six or seven overs when we thought we could make some inroads but we just weren't able to," Australia coach Andre Borovec said. "The plans and intent are there but when you miss in these conditions, it doesn't have to be by an awful lot. We're making the right decisions but we're failing to execute at the critical moments." Game three is at Guwahati on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning AEDT).

with AAP

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