- Despite losing the 3rd T20, India Won the T20I Series by 2-1 against Australia
Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell hit a brilliant half-century. While the spin duo of Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson took crucial wickets to help Australia win the consolation in the final T20I against India in Sydney. With this loss, an unbeaten run of 10 wins in the shortest format also ended.
How did India start chasing?
Chasing a big target of 187 on the short two-deck, the visitors would have expected a good start. However, KL Rahul fell in the first over, bowled by Glenn Maxwell. Virat Kohli, who was dismissed by Maxwell and then Shikhar Dhawan took the stage. Kohli lashed out at the Australian bowlers, cut them and put them in the boundary hoarding. While Dhawan also hit a few boundaries as he scored 55 runs in the powerplay.
How did Australia respond?
Spin became an important weapon for Australia in the powerplay period. Viewers struggled to push up the scoring rate against the two legspinners, notably Mitchell Swapson. Who made a significant outing by dismissing Dhawan, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer to push India back. Increasing the required run-rate, Kohli and Hardik Pandya made some powerful strikes before Hardik dismissed Aaron Finch and Kohli was disbanded. Eventually, the visitors were 12 runs short. Meanwhile, Zampa and Swapson proved to be the difference between the two sides. Conceding 44 runs and taking four wickets between them.
A contest of twists and turns
Twist and Turn had their share in the eagerly contested contest, including the possibility of a fall and a missed review. India missed an opportunity to review LBW against Wade in the 11th over. Initially, India was not keen on getting a review. However, it shone on the big screen that it was three red. Kohli then wanted a review but the on-field umpires decided to remove him as it had already been shown on the big screen. In this match, India also gave one or two arguments to Maxwell. Even Australia was quite sluggish in the field, with Kohli getting three chances. Steve Smith dropped the easiest of the opportunities presented by Kohli. Putting a sitter on deep midwicket in the third over.
Wade-Maxwell set the stage
The stage was put on by the pair of Wade and Maxwell for Australia’s competitive total. He joined the Army in the 10th over and shared a crucial stand of 90 runs in only nine overs. Maxwell played an occasional scream shot in the 15th over with Yuzvendra Chahal depositing it twice in the stand and twinning it. Wade, meanwhile, shouts slogans to tick the nosed bridge and slugcard, and ends with seven fours and two sixes.
Washington Beautiful makes an impact
W Sundar showed good bowling skill in this series. The utility cricketer took many important wickets including the skull of Steve Smith. Sundar was also pleased with the way Smith was dismissed as he slowed the former Australian captain to wind and lured him to cover in just one over.
what is next?
It was 2–1 for Australia in ODIs and 2–1 for India in T20Is. The two sides will play the horn for the next match in the opening Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Adelaide starting on 17 December.
Brief Score: Australia 186/5 in 20 overs (Matthew Wade 80, Glenn Maxwell 54; Washington Sundar 2-34) beat India 174-7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 85; Mitchell Dream 3-23) by 12 runs.
Ind Vs Aus: T20I Series End – India took the Trophy by 2-1