In the T20 series, India emerged victorious over Australia in the final match held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India, chasing a target of 165 runs, got off to a flying start with the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul putting on a 56-run partnership in just 5.3 overs. However, Australia’s bowlers managed to claw their way back into the game, taking regular wickets and putting pressure on the Indian batting lineup.
In the end, it was a captain’s knock from Virat Kohli that saw India over the line. Kohli scored an unbeaten 85 runs off just 61 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes in the process. He was ably supported by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who chipped in with 20 runs off just 13 balls.
Australia’s bowlers fought hard, with Mitchell Swepson picking up two wickets, and Andrew Tye and Moises Henriques taking one each. However, their efforts were ultimately in vain as India sealed the win with six balls to spare.
Earlier in the match, Australia had posted a competitive total of 164/6, with opener Matthew Wade scoring 80 runs off just 53 balls. However, India’s bowlers kept the run rate in check, with Thangarasu Natarajan and Shardul Thakur taking two wickets each.
The win sees India take the T20 series 2-1 after Australia had won the first match. Both teams will now turn their attention to the upcoming Test series, which is set to begin on December 17th in Adelaide.
India’s victory will come as a welcome boost to the team, who have been struggling with injuries and form in recent weeks. Their performance in the T20 series will give them confidence as they look to take on the formidable Australian team in the longer format of the game.