After setting record straight with Australia in the recently-concluded three-match T20I series, the members of Indian cricket team are back to the grind. In a latest Instagram video uploaded by Shikhar Dhawan, Team India opener is seen putting in the hard yards in the gym along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dhawan played a top knock (41 runs off 22 balls) to lay the foundation for India’s victory at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia on Sunday. Also Read - India vs England, Motera Pitch Controversy: Rohit Sharma Claims Batsmen Committed Mistakes
Dhawan, who is considered as one of the fittest cricketers in the Indian team, shared a post, “Next week, bring it on! #MondayMotivation #stayfit #fitness”. The 32-year old cricketer has not been picked for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, starting on December 6 in Adelaide. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Ravichandran Ashwin Anointed 'Modern-Day Legend' After Record-Equalling Feat
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Chasing a competitive 165-run target, Dhawan and his partner Rohit Sharma enthralled the capacity crowd at SCG with some awesome strokeplay. The duo hammered Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis for 20 and 22 runs in the fourth and fifth over respectively as India’s scorecard read 62/0 after five overs.
Later, India captain Virat Kohli (61 not out) scored a sparkling half-century to guide India to a six-wicket victory over Australia and level the three-match rubber 1-1. The visitors were in a must-win situation on Sunday as Australia had won the first T201 at Brisbane while the second game was washed out at Melbourne.
The Indian skipper, who hit the winning runs, came in the sixth over when India were 67/1 and made sure his team crossed the line well in time to deny the hosts a series win.
Kohli’s knock was laced with four boundaries and a couple of sixes. The Indian skipper was involved in a crucial 60-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik, who provided valuable support with his unbeaten 18-ball 22 runs.