India won the third and deciding Twenty20 against Australia in the last over after punchy fifties by Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in Hyderabad
India clinched a win in the third and final T20I by 6 wickets against Australia. With the win in this game, the Men in Blue also won the series 2-1. Chasing a target of 187, India lost Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul early but Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav kept the side in hunt as the two stitched a stand of over 100 runs for the third wicket.
Kohli fell in the last over after a 48-ball 63 with India still five short of victory. Earlier, Yadav blasted 50 in 29 balls before he fell to Josh Hazlewood for a 36-ball 69. Yadav hit five sixes and five fours in his player-of-the-match winning innings.
Earlier, Rohit had won the toss and elected to bowl first.Impressive fifties by Tim David and Cameron Green took Australia to a formidable score.
Rookie opener Green hit a 21-ball 52, with seven fours and three sixes, to put the hosts on the defensive.
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But Green received little support from other top-order batters as left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who has been India’s best bowler in the three-match series, chipped away at the other end.
Patel finished with 3/33 and took the key wickets of skipper Aaron Finch (7), Josh Inglis (24) and in-form Matthew Wade (1). The left-armer, India’s most impressive bowler in all three matches, was also the player-of-the-series.
The hosts looked set to restrict Australia to a below-par score before the newest T20 sensation Tim David dismantled the Indian pacers in an impressive display of power hitting.
David hit a 27-ball 54 with four sixes and two boundaries before he was dismissed by Harshal Patel, who finished with 1/18 after two overs.
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(Inputs from AFP)
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