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Kohli leads India to square off T20I series against Australia

Virat Kohli 61*(41) today for India
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Only if the second match was not washed out, is what India would be left wondering, as another series was there for the taking.

Match Summary

Australia- 164/6 (20 Overs) [D Arcy Short 33(29), Finch 28(23); Krunal Pandya 4/36, Kuldeep Yadav 1/19]

India- 168/4 (19.4 Overs) [Kohli 61(41), Dhawan 41(22); Zampa 1/22, Maxwell 1/25]

Result- India won by 6 wickets

Scorecard

 

 

It was the first time in the series that the opening pair of D Arcy Short and Aaron Finch clicked. Short looked in good rhythm and decided to take on the bowlers. However, once the openers got out, Australia lost all momentum that they had gained in the power play.

Just after Glenn Maxwell survived a lbw scare against Kuldeep Yadav, D Arcy Short tried the same shot on the very first ball off Kunal Pandya's (4-36-4, MoM) second over and paid the price. Ben McDermott was dismissed in identical fashion on the next delivery as Australia felt the need to do some repair work.

Later, first Alex Carey and then Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile ensured that Australia put up a fighting 164-run total on the board.

In reply, the way Indian openers Shikhar Dawan and Rohit Sharma started the innings, it looked as if the match would be done and dusted within 15 overs. Mitchell Starc bowled a couple of great overs first up but he did not receive any support from his fellow bowlers.

The lack of pace from Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis played in the hands of Indian openers who cut, pulled, hooked and slogged based on their liking and picked up regular boundaries.

After Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Mitchell Starc on a searing yorker, the game began to change . Adam Zampa castled Rohit Sharma to further make the game a bit interesting. KL Rahul flattered to deceive once again.

 

It was left to Dinesh Karthik (22) and Virat Kohli (61) to take India over the line and they did just. Their partnership was a masterclass on a sensibile run chase as both played percentage cricket. As it turned out, India won by six wickets in the last over.

Australia- D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah

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