Hyderabad: As India lost both of their openers within the first four overs of Australia’s chase of 186/7, the series ended with an innings separation and the hosts losing the match and a 1–1 draw in the match. was in danger.
KL Rahul was in good form in the first T20I in Mohali, scoring 55 off 35 balls to help the team cross the 200-run mark. India had lost that match by four wickets. Rohit was the architect of India’s victory at the 8-over-a-side slugfest in Nagpur as he scored 46 off 20 balls to help India chase down the target of 91 runs.
So, when both were dismissed cheaply with only 30 runs on the board, India were in trouble.
However, Virat Kohli (63) and Suryakumar Yadav (69) made scintillating half-centuries and century partnership as India beat Australia by six wickets with a ball to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday and won three matches. Series 2-1.
Kohli, who was dismissed early by Adam Zampa from his own bowling, opened the innings and featured in two important partnerships – a 104 for the third wicket with Yadav and Hardik Pandya (25 not out) for the fourth wicket. Scored 48 runs for it. India, taking advantage of some good work from their bowlers, restricted Australia to 186/7.
Australia had a thumping start thanks to young Cameron Greene (52), but were overtaken by the Indian bowlers, who came back strongly in the middle overs to thank Tim David (54) to finish the innings in whirlwind fashion. were earlier. 186/7. But brilliant efforts from Kohli and Yadav helped India reach 187/4 in 19.5 overs to win the match.
This was Kohli’s second hundred-run partnership at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium after sharing a 102-run partnership with KL Rahul against West Indies in 2019.
Suryakumar Yadav became the highest run-scorer in T20 this year with a scintillating 69 and 682 runs in 20 innings to overtake Nepal’s DS Airi, who has scored 626 runs in 17 innings.
Suryakumar Yadav was in scintillating form as he started consistently and then hit a flurry of shots in the run to his half-century off 29 balls. He hit Cummins for a big six off the sixth ball he faced on Sunday, which went across a short and pulled it brilliantly over deep mid-wicket.
He hit Zampa for a back-to-back six in the 13th over and hit Hazlewood for a four and a six in the same over – a six off the third ball of the 14th over on a knuckleball on the middle stump that the Mumbai batsman hit the deep square-leg boundary. flicked.
He was eventually dismissed for another big total but was caught by Aaron Finch at the long-on boundary as India came back from 30/2 to 132/3, putting him in a strong position to win the match.
Kohli, who had missed the first two T20Is after a stellar tour of the United Arab Emirates for the Asia Cup, started off aggressively at the other end but was caught by Suryakumar Yadav and then went ahead. But once Yadav was dismissed, Kohli kept the momentum going as he found a capable partner in Hardik Pandya as he kept the target well.
Kohli, who recently scored a century and two fifties for India in the 2022 Asia Cup, played some brilliant shots opening the innings after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma.
He started with a boundary off Zampa in the third over when the bowler over-pitched and then brilliantly sent Cameron Green to a boundary through cover. The former India captain hit a six and four off successive deliveries in the sixth over, picking up a slower ball behind the length at middle stump and easily deposited it into the stands above the deep mid-wicket boundary.
He took a backseat as Suryakumar went after the bowling but continued the momentum after the Mumbai batsman was dismissed. He and Pandya shared a 48-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help India win.
Earlier, young Cameron Green (52) and Tim David (54), who had come into the series with great reputation, scored half-centuries as Australia recovered from a mid-innings slump after 186/7.
Green (52 off 21 balls) gave the innings early momentum as he scored the third-fastest fifty for Australia in T20 cricket, completing his fifty in 19 balls, while David, the big-hitter who made his career with Singapore start up. Australia, given the much-needed push towards the end of the innings as Australia posted a respectable total of 117/6 in the 14th over.
Tim David (54 runs, 27 balls, 4×2, 4×6) and Daniel Sams put on 68 for the seventh wicket off 34 balls as Australia were bowled out for 21 in the 18th over in the last four overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah scored 18 runs in the 19th ball.
But Harshal Patel bowled a brilliant final over, conceding only 7 runs and sending back the dangerous David as Australia finished with 187/7 in their 20 overs. Daniel Sams remained unbeaten on 28.
Axar was the best Indian bowler on the pitch as he claimed 3-33 in his four overs. Though he was scrambled by Green, Axar made a brilliant comeback to put the Aussies behind him in the middle overs.
But in the end, the talents of Cameron Green and Tim David were outdone by Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav as India won another T20I series at home.
Brief scores: Australia 186/7 in 20 overs (Cameron Green 52, Tim David 54, Daniel Sams 28 not out, Josh Inglis 24; Axar Patel 3/33) lose to India 187/4 in 19.5 overs (Virat Kohli 63, Suryakumar Yadav) 69, Hardik Pandya 25 not out, Daniel Sams 2/33 by six wickets.