INDIA vs AUSTRALIA Highlights: Virat Kohli scored 63 runs and Suryakumar Yadav scored 69 runs as India chased down Australia's 187-run target in Hyderabad.
India vs Australia, 3rd T20I: India chased down a 187-runs target in the third and final T20I match on Sunday in Hyderabad.
The series finale between India and Australia lived up to expectations at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
With both teams playing thrilling cricket & it was the hosts who came up trumps, winning the series against a spirited Australian squad.
The Indian chase suffered an early setback when opener KL Rahul was bowled cheaply in the second innings’ first over.
The body blow came in the fourth over, when Indian captain Rohit Sharma fell victim to a short ball in an attempt to up the ante.
Australia’s total appeared daunting as the pitch began to play tricks on the batters with indifferent bounce and turn-on offers for the bowlers.
However, Virat Kohli played some nice shots to calm things down in the middle for the hosts before Suryakumar Yadav took over.
In a 104-run third-wicket stand with Kohli, the innovative stroke maker compiled an explosive half-century.
Suryakumar’s dazzling 69-run knock in 36 deliveries gave India the upper hand in the chase, with Kohli anchoring the innings with his 33rd T20I half-century.
However, the Australian bowlers regained momentum after Suryakumar’s dismissal with a couple of quiet overs.
As the match approached another tense conclusion on a slippery surface, the Indian batters were under pressure to take the side home & as he has done numerous times for India.
Kohli brought India to the brink of victory with his 63 before succumbing in the final over.
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya displayed steely nerves and hit the winning runs for the Men in Blue in a nail-biting finale.
Maverick Suryakumar Yadav’s batting pyrotechnics matched Virat Kohli’s scintillating strokeplay in India’s series-clinching Twenty20 International victory over Australia on Sunday.
The two players (Kohli, 63 off 48 balls, Suryakumar, 69 off 36 balls) put on a 104-run stand to set up India’s victory.
As a result, India won the three-match series 2-1. Cameron Green (52) scored first, and Tim David (54) added the finishing flourish as Australia posted a 186-six total after being invited to bat.
Axar Patel (3/33) took three wickets on a pitch that offered grip and turn while also executing a sensational run-out.
Another economical bowler stood out as well as Yuzvendra Chahal (1/22).
Chasing 187, India got off to a shaky start, with openers KL Rahul (1) and Rohit Sharma (17) out in the first four overs.
Kohli and Suryakumar played aggressively, smashing boundaries and sixes at regular intervals to keep the needed run rate under check as the Australian bowlers battled to find solutions.
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While Suryakumar directed the mayhem, Kohli played second fiddle.
At the halfway point, India needed 96 with eight wickets in hand.
Suryakumar quickly reached fifty as the duo scored 15 off Adam Zampa’s 13th over.
Australia staged a comeback, ending Suryakumar’s magnificent innings with India needing 53 runs off the final six overs.
On the other hand, Kohli kept going, hitting Pat Cummins for a six in the next over. In 36 balls, he brought his first fifty of the series.
Australia bowled some tight overs to stay in the hunt.
However, Hardik (25 not out) and Kohli smashed a couple of sixes before the latter was out, leaving India needing five runs from four balls.
Earlier, Green was aggressive from the start.
After being asked to bat, he smashed the second delivery to square leg for a massive six, followed by a boundary, as Australia amassed 12 runs off the first over.
Green kept the onslaught going, smashing Jasprit Bumrah (0/50) for a four before hitting back-to-back sixes, one of which went to the second tier, much to the chagrin of the partisan crowd.
With Australia averaging more than 13 runs per over, Axar bowled a slower one, forcing Aaron Finch (7) to mistime his shot and Hardik to collect the ball.
Green hit 50 off 19 balls in the fifth over, his innings peppered with seven fours and three sixes.
But Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/39), who bowled slightly wide only for the Australian to slash the ball to KL Rahul, quickly sent the opener packing.
Australia scored 66 runs off two wickets during the Powerplay.
After Axar scored an impressive run out by hitting a direct hit from beyond the boundary, Glenn Maxwell’s (6) dreadful run has extended.
There was doubt whether it was a run-out because wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s glove knocked out one bail, but the decision went in India’s favour.
As the Australian innings appeared to unravel, Karthik stumped Smith (8), who Chahal’s wrong had misled.
But, as the visitors made a comeback, Josh Inglis (24) and David steadied the Australian innings.
Skipper Rohit Sharma introduced Harshal Patel (1/18) in the 13th, but his struggles continued.
First, the medium pacer was hit for a six, followed by a no-ball and a wide.
Rohit then reintroduced Axar into the attack, and the left-arm quickly repaid the skipper’s faith by dispatching Inglis and danger-man Matthew Wade.
David smashed two sixes and a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed his length in the 18th over.
India’s sloppy fielding near the end only added to Australia’s total; finally, India won the series.