India crushed Australia by six wickets in the third T20 international match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and level the 3-match series 1-1.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a flying start but the team lost momentum after they both returned to the pavilion, after that, Virat Kohli held the inning from one end but could not find a good company as Lokesh Rahul fell first and Rishabh Pant followed him to the pavilion on the next ball.
Dinesh Karthik played a key knock by sticking to one end and providing support to Kohli, who went on to make a brilliant half-century.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 41 runs off just 22 balls, including two big sixes before Mitchell Starc dismissed him, Rohit Sharma made 23 runs off 16 balls before Adam Zampa stunned him on a turner that cost him his wicket.
Lokesh Rahul looked good but could not help the team much as he threw away his wicket under pressure as the flow of runs suffered under the spin attack of Zampa and Maxwell.
Rishabh Pant gifted his wicket to Andrew Tye on his very first delivery and India fell in trouble with back-to-back wicket fall.
Dinesh Karthik (22 off 18) did not disappoint on the occasion and kept a good company to skipper Virat Kohli who remained unbeaten on 61 runs in 41 balls, including 2 sixes.
Krunal Pandya was chosen as Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling figures today (4-0-36-4) while Shikhar Dhawan was named Man of the Series for scores of 76 and 41.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. The hosts started well with the openers D Arcy Short and Australia skipper Aaron Finch slamming 50-run stand for the first wicket before the duo departed in quick succession.
For India, Krunal Pandya wreaked havoc with the ball, scalping 4 wickets for 36 runs in his 4 overs.
Short and McDermott were dismissed on successive deliveries by Krunal and he did not stop there as Maxwell and Carey ended up becoming other victims too.
Kuldeep Yadav was the other successful bowler for India, removing the dangerous Aaron Finch on 28 runs.
Chris Lynn was sent back by Bumrah as he made no mistake in targetting the sticks as the batsman was attempting to steal a single.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah had to settle without any wickets today.
Australia did not find the sailing easy as Indian bowlers kept the noose tight on run flow but the team did manage to post a decent score ahead of India who chased it in the last over.
OVER 19.4: Tye to Kohli, FOUR!! INDIA WIN THE GAME AND LEVEL THE SERIES 1-1
iNDIA NEED 1 RUN
Over 19.3 Tye to Kohli, FOUR!!!
Over 19.2, Tye to Kohli, no run
Over 19.1 Tye to Kohli no run
Over 19: Starc to Kohli, 2 runs, 1 leg bye off the next, FOUR!! Karthik uses the pace and gets the boundary, single off the next, Kohli gets one, 2 runs off the last ball, IND 160/4, NEED 5 RUNS OFF THE LAST OVER
Over 18: Tye to Kohli, 2 runs, single off the next, single by Karthik, singlr by Kohli and 50 runs up for India skipper, SIX!! Karthik hits it to deep square leg, IND 149/4
Over 17: Maxwell to Kohli, single, Karthik takes one, SIX!! Kohli goes big and takes a single, Karthik gets 2 off the next and another two off the last ball. IND 138/4
Over 16: Tye to Kohli, FOUR, SIX and a single by Kohli, IND 125/4
Over 15: Zampa to Karthik, single, Kohli picks one, Karthik returns the strike, another single by Kohli, IND 113/4
Over 14: A Tye to Rishabh Pant, OUT!! caught by the keeper on the first ball. Karthik comes next, no runs off the next four balls, single off the last ball, IND 109/4
Over 13: Maxwell to Rahul, single off the second, 2 runs off the next by Kohli, a bit of a risky strike, 2 runs off the next, single follows, OUT!! Rahul hits in desperation and loses his wicket. IND 108/3
Over 12: Zampa to Rahul, single off the third, Kohli picks a quick double, 3 runs off the next, Rahul gets one, IND 102/2
Over 11: Maxwell to Rahul, single, Kohli picks one, no runs off the next three and then a single follows, IND 95/2
Over 10: Zampa to Kohli, 2 runs, single off the next, wide and an extra run off the next, another single off the next, Kohli cuts the l;ast ball for four. IND 92/2
Ovber 9: Maxwell to Kohli, single off the second, Rahul returns the strike, another single follows, IND 81/2
Over 8: Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 2 runs, Rahul takes one off the next, SXI!! Rahul hits it to deep mid-wicket, quick single follows, IND 78/2
Over 7: Zampa to Rohit, no runs off the first four balls, OUT!! Zampa stuns Rohit, bowled him on a turning delivery, India loses second wicket. It's a maiden over by Zampa with a wicket, IND 67/2
Over 6: Starc to Rohit, 1 run, FOUR!! Dhawan is unstoppable, appeal for LBW and Aus take review and the decision goes in their favour Dhawan departs for 41 runs in just 22 balls. No runs off the next two. IND 67/1
Over 5: Stoinis to Rohit, SIX!! smashed to long-on, single off the next to square leg, Dhawan on strike, wide ball, SIX!! muscled away by Dhawan to mid-wicket, FOUR!! straight down the ground, FOUR!! IND 62/0
Over 4: Coulter-Nile to Rohit, Wide, SIX!!! Rohit picks the length right and sends the ball for a biggie behind square, gtes away with a single off the next, Dhawan gets 2 runs a ball after, SIX!! Dhawan this time, hits the ball to deep mid-wicket, FOUR!! DROVEN TO DEEP-EXTRA COVER!! IND 40/0
Over 3: Starc to Rohit, single off the first, 2 runs to long-off by Dhawan, no runs off the next three balls, FOUR!! beautifully sent towards the boundary by Dhawan. IND 20/0
Over 2: Nathan Coulter-Nile to Rohit, FOUR!! a single follows, no runs off the next three balls, FOUR!! Dhawan goes for a boundary to square leg. IND 12/0
Over 1: Mitchell Starc to Rohit, single off the first, Dhawan takes one to third man, another single follows 3 runs from the over. IND 3/0
Time for India's reply now!! Shikhar and Rohit on the crease!!
Australia 164/6 in 20 overs.
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Over 20: Bumrah to Stoinis, FOUR!! Single to long-on, single off the next, 2 runs off the next by Stoinis, 2 quick runs again, wide ball, FOUR!! lucky runs for Australia as they finish 164/6
Over 19: Bhuvneshwar to Coulter-Nile, 2 runs, single follows, Stoinis takes one, FOUR!! Coulter-Nile goes for a shot this time, four!! boundary off the last ball AUS 149/6
Over 18: Bumrah to Stoinis, 2 runs off the first, RUN OUT!! Bumrah amde no mistake and Lynn has to go back. Nathan Coulter-Nile is on the crease now, Stoinis picks one, Coulter-Nile gets one off the next, FOUR!! into the gap and Stoinis gets a boundary. AUS 137/6
Over 17: Bhuvneshwar to Lynn, single off the first, Stoinis returns the strike, another single by Stoinis and Lynn goes for four this time, takes a single after that, single off the last ball. AUS 129/5
Over 16: Krunal to Lynn, 2 runs off the first, back to back boundaries on third and fourth ball and OUT!! CAREY IS CAUGHT IN THE DEEP.
Over 15: Khaleel to Lynn, wide ball, Lynn takes onw on the next, Carey goes for a boundary on the third ball, single off the last ball, AUS 107/4
Over 14: Krunal to Maxwell, in the air and taken!! Rohit takes the catch, Maxwell departs!! Lyn is the next man in, two singles follow and Carey goes for a boundary, two more singles follow. AUS 98/4
Over 13: Kuldeep to Maxwell, single, Carey picks two in the next one, two singles follow. AUS 90/3
Over 12: Khaleel to Carey, single off the third, boundary follows, Maxwell takes one off the last ball. AUS 85/3
Over 11: Kuldeep to Carey, single off the fiirst, three dot ball and then two singl;es of the last two balls. AUS 79/3
Over 10: Krunal to Short, OUT!! LBW and Australia loses their review too, McDermott on strike and OUT!! BACK TO BACK WICKETS FOR pANDYA!!! Brilliant over by Pandya!! AUS 76/3
Over 9: Kuldeep Yadav in the attack, gets the wicket of Aaron Finch. Four.
Over 8: Rohit drops the catch
Over 7: Aus 52-0
Over 6: Bumrah continues,
Over 5: Khaleel continues,
Over 4: Bumrah in the attack, 7 runs
Over 3: Buvneshwar continues and he is hit over the head for four.
Over 2: Khaleel to bowl. Finch pulled one for four. Cracking shot. Wide.
Ovre 1: Bhuvneshwar Kumar strats it off for India. Four runs, good shot by D'Arcy Short.