Australia end India’s winning streak with a handy win
Australia put a full stop to India’s longest winning streak in T20Is, by beating the visitors in the third and final game of the T20I series.
India have managed to conquer the three-match T20I series against Australia with themselves, with back to back victories in Canberra and Sydney. After losing the ODI series, India did a pretty good job to ensure the T20I series is with them and came into the third T20I, aiming another whitewash against Australia.
Once again Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first, similar to the previous game. Australian skipper Aaron Finch was back in the side after missing the second game with a niggle. On the other side, India came up with the same XI.
India off to a good start by dismissing the Australian captain for a duck. But Matthew Wade took charge like what he did in the previous game. He went on to utilize the powerplay and carried the same momentum after the powerplay too. On the other side, Steve Smith departed after scoring 24 runs.
Glenn Maxwell joined with the well-settled Matthew Wade and built the Aussie innings. The duo added 90 runs for the third wicket before the wicket of the wicket-keeper batsman on 80. Maxwell continued his show and dismissed by Natarajan on 54. In the end, Australia scored 186 runs for the loss of five wickets.
In reply, India started the chase on a rough note as KL Rahul was dismissed for a duck. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan had 74 runs partnership. After Dhawan, both Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer had short stays and put India under the pressure. At that point, India were 100/4.
After a collapse in the middle, Hardik Pandya joined with the Indian skipper and tried to recreate the magic he did in the previous game. He started well but fell for Zampa’s trap on 20. In the next over Indian skipper also lost his wicket of Andrew Tye’s bowling when he was on 85.
From that, it was Australia’s game, even though Shardul Thakur a couple of maximums over the boundary rope. In the end, Australia won the game by 12 runs. For Australia, Mitchell Swepson bowled an excellent spell in the middle overs and picked up three wickets to his name.
Australia: 186/5(20) [Matthew Wade 80, Glenn Maxwell 54, Washington Sundar 2/34]
India: 174/7(20) [Virat Kohli 85, Mitchell Swepson 4/23, Adam Zampa 1/21]
Result: Australia won by 12 runs