When two of the best teams in the world collide, great cricket is a bare minimum expectation and certainly, India and Australia did not disappoint the fans in this regard. In yet another contest that went to the final over, India defeated Australia by two balls to spare during the third T20I in Hyderabad, thus winning the bilateral 2-1.
India won the toss earlier and chose to bowl first. Cameron Green nearly made Rohit Sharma regret his toss decision, going after the bowlers from ball one. He smoked a huge six off just his second delivery and added five more boundaries (three sixes, two fours) in the next two overs.
He made a stellar half-century in just 19 balls even before five overs were completed in the innings. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought an end to his stay with a well-disguised slower one to slow things down a bit. After a flurry of wickets, Josh Inglis and Tim David gave some momentum to the innings, and the latter went on an onslaught in the final four overs.
David completed his first half-century in international cricket, also adding 68 runs for the seventh wicket. He scored 54 in 27 deliveries as Australia racked up 46 runs in the final three overs, finishing with 186 runs in 20 overs. Axar Patel returned with figures of 3/33 for the hosts.
Openers fail but the middle order takes India past the finish line
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma departed early for India, with just 30 runs on the board in 3.4 overs. This is where Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav took over the mantle and delivered a sensational partnership. Both batters did not take much time to get going and smacked boundaries immediately to keep the scoreboard running.
After a brief period, Suryakumar Yadav upped his game to the sixth gear as Kohli decided to watch it from the other end. He completed a magnificent half-century, the seventh of his career, as the duo added 104 runs for the third wicket.
After Suryakumar fell for a 36-ball 69, Kohli and Hardik Pandya took over the responsibility to take India home and added 48 runs together. Kohli got out after hitting a tension-relieving six in the final over, finishing with a 48-ball 63. Pandya managed to squeeze a wide yorker to a boundary with four to win in two deliveries as India won the series 2-1.
Australia: 186/7 in 20 overs (Tim David 54, Cameron Green 52; Axar Patel 3/33)
India: 187/4 in 19.5 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 69, Virat Kohli 63; Daniel Sams 2/33)
India won by six wickets
Player of the match: Suryakumar Yadav
Player of the series: Axar Patel