In the final T20I of the series between Australia and India at the SCG. Australia defeated India by 12 runs and finished the series at 2-1.
Australia 186/5 Mathew Wade 80(53), Glenn Maxwell 54(36) Washington Sundar 2/34, T Natarajan 1/33
India 174/7 Virat Kohli 85(61), Shikhar Dhawan 28(21) Mitchell Swepson 3/23, Adam Zampa 1/21
Player Of The Match : Mitchell Swepson
Player Of The Series : Hardik Pandya
Mathew Wade hits another big score as Australia post 186 on board.
In the final T20I of the series, skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first. This move as very much welcomed by the bowlers as they got Aaron Finch 0(2) out quickly. Steve Smith and Mathew Wade then had a 50+ run partnership. But Smith 24(23) got bowled by Washington Sundar. Maxwell then joined Mathew Wade and both played some aggressive shots in their partnership. Maxwell was rather lucky in his innings as Indian fielders dropped few chances. But both couldn’t stay at the crease till the end.
In the 18th and 19th over Mathew Wade 80(53) and Glenn Maxwell 54(36) lost their wicket. Darcy short 7(3) too got out trying to steal a run. Australia eventually finished at 186/5. Washington Sundar picked 2/34 whereas Natarajan and Thakur picked 1 each.
Skipper Kohli fights lone battle in the chase.
Chasing 187 Team India didn’t have the best of starts as they lost KL Rahul 0(2) early. But Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli joined and set up a good partnership. Where the skipper took up the role of being the aggressor. But Shikhar Dhawan 28(21) eventually got out to Swepson. Sanju Samson 10(9) came in at 4 but disappointed his fans once again. Whereas Shreyas Iyer got out on a golden duck. The hero of the previous match Hardik Pandya 20(13) did play some big shots but he gave away his wicket while trying trying to loft Adam Zampa.
After the fall of Hardik Pandya, all the burden came up on skipper Kohli who although tried his best but got out on 85(61). Shardul Thakur 17(7) did loft few sixes but that wasn’t enough as India finished at 174/7. Loosing the final T20I by 12 runs. The series ended with a score line of 2-1 with India having an upper hand over the Aussies.