India defeated Australia by six wickets in the final T20 International to share the spoils in the three-match series in Sydney, today. D’Arcy Short (33) was the top-scorer for Australia, while Krunal Pandya picked up four wickets for India. Chasing the target, skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 61 while Shikhar Dhawan made 41. Australia won the first T20 International by four runs via D/L method before the second match was abandoned due to rain.
Chasing 165, skipper Virat Kohli led from the front as he scored his 19th T20I fifty to take India to a win. India beat Australia in the 3rd T20I by 6 wickets. to level the series 1-1. Earlier, with late cameos from Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis, Australia reached 164/6 in 20 overs. India were denied a prospect of an eighth straight T20I series win by rain at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Indian captain Virat Kohli said in scitement : “Things become pretty easy with those two guys play like that at the top. I think DK showed great composure at the death along with me stringing a partnership to get us home. I think Maxy and Zampa bowled very well. I thought overall, skill wise we were better than Australia. I thought with the ball we were more professional today. I thought it was 180 type of wicket. Those 15 runs less were crucial total. A level series is a great show of how the teams have played.”
Australia captain Aaron Finch: “I think they batted extremely well in the powerplay. We had a bit of a moment of madness when we lost a couple of wickets in our innings. I thought Zamps and Maxy bowled brilliantly.” “I thought that the guys had a plan and unfortunately we didn’t execute in the middle overs there. I think there’s still a fair bit of work to do but there’s positive signs. I’m feeling really good. Looking forward to getting up to Brisbane (for the Shield game).”
Shikhar Dhawan comes up and picks up the trophy as player of the match. He said “The fans love me a lot and I love them even more. I enjoy entertaining people. People enjoy cricket and this is what it is all about. It feels like India right now in Sydney.I hope the fans are going to support in Test cricket as well and we can deliver there. I felt nice scoring runs as a batsman. It feels good we could draw the series and ending on a good note”
Krunal Pandya wins the man of the match award for his performance. .”Obviously it feels really great to contribute in a winning side. I had to back myself after that first game. It feels good to overcome those type of hurdles. I felt nice to be supported by all the teammates and the supporting staff and I am glad I could perform as per my talent, “ he said.