Sydney: Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina guided India to a historic series win over Australia as the Men In Blues dominated the third T20I as well here at SCG on Sunday.
India defeated the Aussies by seven wickets in a thrilling encounter on Sunday.
Chasing a massive 198-run target in the third T20I, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started off well and added 46 runs for the first wicket in just 3.2 overs before Dhawan was sent back by Shane Watson. Dhawan played a blinder and scored a 9-ball-26 runs, including four boundaries and a maximum.
In-form Virat Kohli had joined Rohit after Dhawan’s departure. These two had added 78 runs before Rohit got out off Cameron Boyce’s delivery in the 13th over. The very next over of Boyce, Kohli followed Rohit to the pavilion in the 15th over, soon after completing his third successive fifty in the series. The score came down to 147/3 in 14.5 overs with Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were at the crease.
Rohit scored a brilliant 38-ball-52 runs while Kohli scored 50 off just 36 deliveries, including two boundaries and a maximum.
India was requiring 51 runs off just 31 deliveries. Though, Yuvi struggled very hard to find his touch, but Raina managed well and showed that why he is one of the best T20 players in the world. However, Raina couldn’t complete his half-century, but played a quick-fire 25-ball-49 runs, including six boundaries and a maximum to help his side in a historic whitewash in Australia against the hosts.
The game came to last over as India was requiring 17 runs off just six balls as young Andrew Tye came to bowl the last over.
Yuvi was on strike and batting on 5 off nine balls. He started off well the last over by flicking a lengthy delivery over short fine-leg fielder which rushed to the boundary rope. The very next ball, Yuvi hoicked a fuller length delivery over the deep mid-wicket area for a maximum. After 10 runs from first two balls, put pressure on young Tye as India was now requiring only 7 runs off four deliveries. Yuvi gave the strike to Raina with a single and the need came down to 3-ball-6 runs.
Then Raina ran two doubles and India was in need of two runs off the last ball. As all the off side fielders were inside the 30-yard circle, Raina lifted the outside off delivery over the backward point and the ball crossed the boundary line in a jiffy. India sealed the game and completed the white wash against the hosts on their home soil for the first time in their history.
Previously, Australia had won the toss and elected to bat first as injured Aaron Finch and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade were replaced by Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft while Watson led the side.
Khawaja was dismissed early as experienced Ashish Nehra sent him back to the pavilion in the third over. But Watson who promoted himself up the order, Played a dream knock and scored a record-breaking 124 run knock. He remained unbeaten and helped his side to set a massive 198-run target for the visitors. He played 71 deliveries for his 124 run knock which includes 10 boundaries and six maximums.
Watson was judged the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century and also he bagged a wicket by conceding 30 runs in his four overs.
Virat Kohli was judged the Man of the Series award as he scored three half centuries with a total of 199 runs including the highest of 90 not out in the first game.