India vs Australia 3rd T20I SCG: Indian captain Virat Kohli came good again in the crucial chase as he single-handedly took the visitors over the line in a must-win game at Sydney Cricket Ground. Kohli played a match-winning knock of 61 off 41 balls and remained unbeaten. His innings was studded with four fours and two sixes. Mostly known for his groundstrokes and impeccable timing, the Indian skipper produced a magnificent hit exactly at an important time when the run-rate was climbing high. Needing 47 to win off 21 balls, Kohli stepped down the track to Andrew Tye and lofted him over the top for a six. No one adds a touch of class to T20 batting quite like him. Also Read - Cricket: Rahul Dravid Predicts 3-2 Scoreline in Team India's 'Best Chance' to Win in England
Kohli fired the opening salvo on the Australia tour with a match-winning 61, helping India win the third T20I by six wickets and draw the three-match series 1-1. The Indian captain’s sublime 41-ball knock and his 60-run unbeaten stand with Dinesh Karthik (22 not out off 18) gave the visitors the much-needed series-levelling win ahead of the all-important Test series beginning December 6 at Adelaide. Kohli perfectly executed chase in 19.4 overs came after Shikhar Dhawan (41 off 22 balls) and Rohit Sharma (23 off 16 balls) provided a flying start to the innings. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma-Less Team India Will Tour Sri Lanka in July For 3 ODIs And 5 T20Is, Confirms Sourav Ganguly
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Earlier, Krunal Pandya took career-best figures of 4-36 as Australia were restricted to 164-6 in 20 overs. Australia won the opening T20 by four runs while the second game was a washout, putting additional pressure on India who came here at the back of winning six T20 series in a row.
Chasing 165, Dhawan and Sharma put on 50 runs off just 28 balls. Both batsmen took the aerial route with aplomb and hit seven fours and four sixes between them to leave the Australian bowlers clueless. Overall, India scored 67-1 in the powerplay overs.
Mitchell Starc (1-26) had got the breakthrough in the sixth over, trapping Dhawan lbw via DRS referral. It put a momentary break on scoring as no runs were scored off the next eight balls, resulting in Sharma’s dismissal, who played on off Adam Zampa (1-22).
Australia Squad (Playing XI): D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
India Squad (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah