Aus beat Ind in 3rd T20: Australian bowlers held their nerves to come up trumps against the genius of Virat Kohli, stalling an Indian clean-sweep with a 12-run victory in the third and final T20 International here on Tuesday.
While India won the shortest format 2-1, it was overall an even result for the two teams which won three white-ball games each. Tuesday’s loss ended the visitors’ 10-match winning streak in the format.
Kohli got as many as four reprieves and cashed in well enough to smash his way to 85 off 61 balls but India could only reach as far as 174/7 in their pursuit of 187 in 20 overs.
It was a slash drive off Andrew Tye in the penultimate over which was plucked inches off the ground by Daniel Sams, who compensated for a forgettable day with the ball.
An over before that Hardik Pandya’s swagger was checked by Adam Zampa (1/21 in 3 overs). Zampa’s leg-break turned enough to force the ‘Baroda Bomber’ to hit one against the turn and be caught at short third-man.
Once Pandya was gone, there was too much pressure on Kohli and this was one rare occasion when he failed to take the team home.
While he hit four fours and three sixes, Kohli did lead a charmed life as Steve Smith missed a dolly at deep mid-wicket fence when he gave Maxwell the charge.
Then Sean Abbott failed to get his hands on a tough return catch while another slipped through Tye’s palms. During the fag end, Matthew Wade missed an easy stumping.
The Indian captain scored his third half-century of the tour and an effortless six off Abbott after the completion of the milestone gave much-needed relief to the Indian dug-out. This was after Mitchell Swepson’s (3/23) innocuous leg-breaks reduced them to 100 for 4.
Swepson would be the first to admit that he was lucky to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan (28 off 21 balls) with a half-tracker and ever unreliable Sanju Samson (10) with a low full-toss.
The only wicket-taking delivery he bowled was the one that got Shreyas Iyer out for a first-ball duck.
While Pandya (20 off 13 balls) initially took time, Kohli decided to take matters in his own hands as he first deposited Sams into the mid-wicket stands and then guided a rising delivery behind square.
Zampa dismissing Pandya turned out to be the turning point.
Earlier, Wade’s second consecutive half-century was well-complemented by Maxwell’s blazing strokeplay as Australia posted a competitive 186 for 5 after being put into bat.
Wade, who has played all his big T20 knocks against India, smashed his way to 80 off 53 balls with the help seven fours and two sixes.
Maxwell, who struggled with his timing initially, also got into the act during the last six overs with a 35-ball-54 and a third-wicket stand of 90 runs in 8.4 overs with Wade.
India’s bowling heroes were Washington Sundar (2/34 in 4 overs) and Thangarasu Natarajan (1/33 in 4 overs). Natarajan, despite a few boundaries conceded in the final over, was pretty impressive.
The Australian innings largely dominated by Wade’s power-hitting after Sundar got rid of aaron Finch (0) very cheaply.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was quick to bring out his pull-shot and the whipped flick whenever anything was pitched in the arc.
He was the dominant partner during the 65-run stand with a scratchy Steve Smith (24) but played the second fiddle once Maxwell got his touch back.
For Maxwell, the 15th over by Chahal was the one that changed the course. Once he got the reprieve, he deposited Chahal for a straight six and followed it with another into the mid-wicket stands.
Riding on his luck, he got another life in the 17th over when a mis-hit was dropped by Deepak Chahar running in from deep point.
Between overs 13th to 18th, Australia racked up 68 runs.
In the final two overs Shardul Thakur (1/43) and Natarajan dismissed the two set batsmen and final two overs went for only 18 runs.
IND vs AUS 3rd T20 Full highlights
17:42: Hardik Pandya | Man of the Series: I’m very pleased, and wouldn’t mind getting the Man of the Series award, but it was a team effort. After the 2nd ODI we thought we’d think of this a 4-match series and we managed to get three wins, so happy with that. I don’t mind giving interviews because you only have those when you’re on the winning side. I haven’t seen my child for four months, so I’d like to spend some time with family right now.
17:23: Australia win by 12 runs but India win the series 2-1.
Virat Kohli | India captain: At one stage when Hardik started going we thought we could pull it off. The middle over phase during our batting cost us the game. A partnership of 30-odd would’ve madde it easier for Hardik. We are finding ways to come back and give the opposition a scare and the series win is a little asterisk for us to finish the 2020 season on a high. I feel the crowd was a factor as well, it’s always giving you a dimension of motivation. Our crowd pulls us through sometimes, and Australia’s too, and we as players feed off the crowd’s energy. We need to take the same competitive attitude into the Tests, and having played here a few times, we can score runs as well. Once it’s time to capitalize and score, we need to do that session by session. I’m sure the current side is stronger than last time (Test matches) and I’ll see if I can play the tour match.
Aaron Finch | Australia captain: It was a great series, and we just happened to be on the wrong end of the first two. It’s the first time we’ve had two leg-spinners in the side, and they were bold with the short boundaries here, so credit to both of them. Swepson bowled the 7th over against Shikhar and Virat, both destructive in their own ways, but Zamps bowled really well as well. We played some great white-ball cricket over the last 18 months and really proud of the bunch.
17:12: Tye to Kohli, out Caught by Daniel Sams!
That’s the end of Kohli! Game, set, match? The Australian reaction certainly suggests that! The wideline ploy eventually works, as Virat Kohli throws his hands at one with the mounting pressure and hands a catch to the deep point fielder. The end of a terrific innings, but he hasn’t quite managed to carry India through.
Is that the game? Tye gets the huge wicket of Kohli!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2020
17:10: India need 38 runs in 15 balls
17:07: Zampa to Pandya, OUT
Top edge caught at short third man! Finch took the catch after taking the gamble. Brilliantly bowled from Zampa. He tossed it up with enough flight, dip and spin, Pandya tried to launch against the turn over long, got a top edge and it sliced to Finch at short third man who takes the catch easily
16:46: Swepson to Shreyas Iyer, out Lbw!
He’s misread the googly, tried to flick across the line, but India have taken the review. Perhaps the height and the overspin can save him? That’s his only hope. Nothing on Snicko and Hotspot. And thats out.
16:25: After 9 overs, 75/2
Swepson to Dhawan, out Caught by Daniel Sams!! Sams recovers brilliantly in the deep after the ball pops initially pops out. Pulled hard to the left of deep midwicket. Sams gets across to his side, getting both hands on it as he runs across.
16:13 End of powerplay; After 6 overs, 55/1
Kohli and Dhawan are going strong now. Australia are slowly losing the momentum. Meanwhile, it is getting colder in Sydney with a lot of wind, which means expect some ball movement.
16:08: In case you missed what happened in the 1st innings WATCH THIS VIDEO
16:01: After 3 overs, 23/1
It was a big drop by Steve Smith. Kohli can become a costly affair for Australia now. They will hope for another breakthrough to stay in the game.
15:52: Big shock for India
Maxwell to Rahul, out Caught by Smith!! The move to start with Maxwell has worked wonders. Rahul pulls a half-tracker straight down the throat of the fielder at deep midwicket. Wow. Maxwell can’t believe his luck. The ball was pushed through quicker, and Rahul seemed to be hurried on the shot. But really, this should’ve gone into
15:50: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul begin chase
15:29: India need 187 to win
15:24: T Natarajan to Maxwell, out Bowled!!
D’Arcy Short is at strike now.
15:20: Thakur to Wade, out Lbw!!
Wade has been given OUT LBW and he reviews. Isd there any bat on that? HotSpot in and there’s no bat on it, RTS confirms it as well. Ball-tracking in: It’s three REDS and the decision will stay. Wade is OUT. Lovely delivery from Shardul, slipped the slower yorker and it dipped rapidly onto the left-hander, Wade was down on his knee as he looked to play the sweep, missed and is caught adjacent to middle. Was going on and hitting the middle-stump – end of a fine knock though.
15:10: After 17 overs, 157/2
It is just a delight to see Maxwell batting. He can hit the ball at will. That six on the last ball of Shardul Thakur bears testament to the claim.
Maxwell lifts Chahal into the stands!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2020
14:56: After 15 overs, 139/2
The Maxwell effect has pushed India to the back foot.
14:42: After 12 overs, 101/2
Mathew Wade is looking in good touch now. With Maxwell as he partner, however, Wade should try to build the partnership, while Maxi can do what he does best – Trouble the bowlers.
14:25: After 9 overs, 73/1
David Warner is certainly is being missed. He intimidates the opposition merely with his presence at the top of a batting order. And neither Finch nor Wade have that psychological effect. That’s why Warner & whoever his opening partner is usually given blistering starts for whichever team he plays. Wade and Finch is not the ideal opening combination.
14:11: End of powerplay; After 6 overs, 51/1
After an early blow in Aaron Finch, Wade and Smith have now taken charge of the play. The two will be crucial for Australia in the middle-overs.
13:59: After 3 overs, 27/1
That Finch wicket was a big blow for Australia. They will be hoping Wade and Smith stay at crease for long to help post a big total against the stronger Indian batting line-up.
13:46: After 2 overs, 14/1
Washington Sundar to Finch, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! The Australian skipper is gone for a nought! Washington Sundar has his first wicket in the series. Bowls this on a good length outside off and Finch doesn’t quite get the leeway outside off to go hard, looks to lift it straight and he’s miscued it off the toe-end to mid-off. Hardik Pandya couldn’t have asked for a much simpler catch on the edge of the circle.
Australian team need a strong start if they want to save the clean sweep.
13:39: The players head out to the middle. Aaron Finch and Matthew Wade are opening for Australia.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, D Arcy Short, Moises Henriques, Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal
13:16: India have won the toss and have opted to field
Finch: We would have bowled first as well. It’s a used wicket and hopefully we’ll bat well tonight. We did see a bit of turn in the last game and expect the spinners to play key role in the middle overs. Only one change. I come in and Stoinis is out, he’s got a bit of niggle and It’s a long summer ahead and don’t want to take any chances and blow it up. No balls are something that’s killed us over the last few games and we want to control that going forward. Somewhere around 190 is what we are after and you got to be careful as this is a tough ground to defend. We gonna give it all tonight.
Kohli: We are going to bowl. Shorter boundaries and we had a good game last time and for the bowling line-up as well we wanted to be more professional and test ourselves. It’s been a really good year for us in terms of T20 cricket, if we keep staying ahead of the opposition, and as a group we want to make sure we keep getting those results and win games of cricket. No changes.
13:05: Aaron Finch was seen with gloves during the warm-up, he might make his return today
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2020
Australia Possible XI: Matthew Wade (c & wk), D’Arcy Short/Alex Carey, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Andrew Tye, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa.
India Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal.
12:48: Two players who will be in spotlight today
D’Arcy Short‘s place in Australia’s broader T20 plans ahead of next year’s World Cup may well be under review after his two outings in this series. He has been on the fringes for some time now and was not initially selected in the squad. He came into the squad only after David Warner was ruled out, but has not been able to fill in the void. Short has failed to bring his Big Bash League (BBL) form to the T20Is for Australia. In his last 11 T20 internationals over a two-year period he has scored just 190 runs at 17.27, without a half-century, at an alarming strike-rate of just 95.95. He also hasn’t bowled a ball in this series.
T Natarajan could make a case to be player of the series on Tuesday if he continues his stunning form. Hardik Pandya thought he should have been Player of the Match in the second T20I at the SCG producing stunning figures of 2 for 20 on a surface where most of the fast bowlers copped a hiding. His left-arm variety, exceptional skills, and ability to execute under pressure could make him a vital part of India’s T20 attack heading into the World Cup.
12:38: What can we expect today?
It will be a bit cold today in Sydney. Expect some jumpers today, and maybe even with some hand warmers in the pocket, like Kohli had in Canberra.
The action should revert to the more central pitch on the square, which should eliminate the short boundary quandary that both batting and bowling teams have to contend with, unless of course when you have Hardik Pandya on strike.
12:36: So its time now!! Stay tuned for all the updates
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IND vs AUS T20 squads
India T20Is Full Squad:
Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-capt, wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan
Australia T20 Squad: Aaron Finch (Captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.