India vs Australia 3rd T20 Highlights: India beat Australia by 6 wickets, level series 1-1

  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat first.

  • Aron Finch and D’Arcy Short provided a cautious start to there inning.

  • Krunal Pandya disturbed the Aussies by taking 4 wickets.

  •  Australia give India to chase a total of 165 in 20 overs.

  • Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stared well for India and scored 50 in just 28 balls.

  • Shikhar Dhawan played a quick knock of 41 runs in 22 balls.

  • Indian Skipper Virat Kohli knocked his 19th T20 half-century.

It was India vs Australia last night. After two bad matches India had to win this match for levelling 1-1, in the other side Australia was one step ahead of India by 1-0.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Aaron Finch (28) and D’Arcy Short (33) then provided a cautious start to the innings, albeit they picked up momentum quickly as the Indian pacers struggled in conditions vastly different from Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Finch-Short partnership put pressure on the Indian fielding, shoddy again, and Rohit Sharma put down a sitter off Finch (on 22) at the start of the eight over off Pandya.

Kuldeep Yadav (1-19) then provided the much-awaited breakthrough as Finch was out caught sweeping at short fine leg.

 

After the Finch’s wicket, Australian middle order was in struggle, Maxwell (13), Short and McDermott sent back to Pavillion. These quick wickets disturbed Australia in their 2nd half.

Somehow Australia put a target of 164/6 and it was quite good score for Australia bowlers to stop India to win.

Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come to bat and gives a very good start to Indian team,

Chasing 165, Dhawan and Sharma put on 50 runs off just 28 balls. At the end of powerplay India were 67/1, Mitchell Starc sent shikhar Dhawan back to dugout after he scored a tremendous 41 runs in 22. After Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored some runs but then Rohit Sharma got bowled on Adam Zampa’s spin, after that KL Rahul (14) added 41 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. India crossed 100 in the 12th over, but the former started struggling for timing and holed out shortly afterwards.

It became a double disaster as Rishabh Pant was out for a first-ball duck, on a slower short ball from Andrew Tye (1-32).

India were in bit of a bother at that stage, but Kohli and Dinesh Karthik holds the inning together. The latter played a perfect foil to Kohli as he struck a four and a six to bring down the asking rate.

Kohli meanwhile reached his 19th T20I half-century off 34 balls and took India home with two balls to spare.

 

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