Australia Vs India Third T20 2018 match highlights:
- India won by 6 wickets
- Chasing 165, India reached the target with four and 2 balls to spare
- Kohli’s 61 and Karthik’s late flurry of 22 guided India to a win
- With the win, India leveled the three-match series 1-1 after the second T20 was washed out due to rain. Australia had won the first match
Indian captain Virat Kohli once again stamped his authority as the greatest chase master in current international cricket after he played with grace and class in a pressure situation to guide India to an all-important win in the third and final T20 of the three-match series. One of the oldest grounds in cricket, the Sydney Cricket Ground with a history that dates back to 1934 was treated to a fine game of cricket, one that saw the Indian team triumph by 6 wickets. Guided by Virat Kohli’s 61, India chased down a tricky total of 165 in 19.4 to level series 1-1
Coming back to Australia Vs India Third T20 2018 match highlights, India and Australia played out a sublime game of cricket, an extremely competitive contest that was perfect for Sunday. After rain snatched victory away from the tourists in the second T20, India knew this was a must-win encounter for them while Australia went into the match looking to right their recent T20 record.
With a recent record of nine undefeated in the final match of a T20 series, India went into the match chasing for a third consecutive time. They got off to a horror show on the field though with Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short digging into Khaleel Ahmed. India’s weak link in bowling was taken to the cleaners from the opening ball of his spell as Australia’s opening partnership raced to a thunderous start in the powerplay overs.
However, the introduction of spin on a wicket where the ball gripped and turned brought about the first breakthrough for India with Kuldeep Yadav sending back Aaron Finch. It was a flurry of wickets from there on with Krunal Pandya delivering a man of the match performance of 4-36 as he and Yadav put a leash around the Australians in the middle overs.
Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis delivered late cameos for the hosts to revive their innings as India’s pacers bowled a poor line in the death overs to leak runs. Carey’s 27 off 19 and Stoinis’ 25 off 15 took Australia to 164-6 off their allotted overs with Bumrah giving away 15 in the 20th.
A target that woes, not the easiest to chase on a relatively slow wicket saw India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan take India’s chase off to a flier. Eventually finding time to settle into their groove, the two took a particular liking to Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis, hitting two back to back overs for 20 runs to bring up the best ever opening stand in T20s in Australia this year.
India’s chase that looked to be going great guns was derailed though with Zampa castling Rohit in his first over itself. Australia’s biggest asset on the day, Zampa kept troubling Australia and working in tandem with him was Starc who ended up sending Dhawan back the right next over. A mini partnership between Rahul and Kohli saw Indian steadily play out Australia’s spin duo of Maxwell and Zampa before Rahul and Pant fell in quick succession to see India find them in a perilous situation.
However when the going gets tough, the tough get going and Kohli showed that with an innings that took India past the finishing line. Playing eye-catching shots, Kohli worked the ball all around the park, stroking the ball to the boundary with ease in an innings that saw him become the only touring captain to hit a half-century in T20s in Australia and take his side to victory in style, rightfully hitting the winning runs with a four.
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