Virat Kohli stars as Indian batsmen show up Australia

India vs Australia 2018 3rd T20I Virat Kohli's Unbeaten 61 Powers India to Series Levelling Victory Against Australia at SCG
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25 November, 2018

While it was not a series win for India, they continued to maintain their impressive record in bilateral T20I series. Pandya also scripted a new record as he posted the best bowling figures by any Indian bowler in T20I cricket in Australia.

Chasing a target of 165 runs, openers Rohit Sharma (23) and Shikhar Dhawan (41) provided a strong start to the visiting side, stitching a crucial 67-run partnership for the opening wicket before falling prey to Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc, respectively. He was assisted by Shikhar Dhawan who scored 41 off just 22 balls giving a flying start to India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Kohli had scored 641 runs from 15 matches in 2016. He was helped briefly by Lokesh Rahul (14) and Dinesh Karthik (22) who was at the crease when Kohli hit the winning boundary.

Aaron Finch (28) and D'Arcy Short (33) then provided a cautious start to the innings, albeit they picked up momentum quickly as the Indian pacers struggled in conditions vastly different from Brisbane and Melbourne.

Starc's main role will wait a little while after Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first. Rishabh Pant went for a duck after failing to hit an Andrew Tye's delivery.

To stop the carnage, Aaron Finch brought back Mitchell Starc and the left-arm quick, playing his first 20-over worldwide in more than two years, did not let his captain down, trapping Dhawan lbw for 41 to end the 67-run stand.

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They added 68 runs for the opening partnership when Pandya got into the thick of the action in the ninth over.

Alex Carey denied Pandya a hat-trick but eventually fell to the left-arm spinner after making 27.

India's victory was also sealed by a fine bowling performance by Pandya, who finished with 4-36 from his four overs.

The sides begin a four-Test series on 6 December, followed by three one-day internationals starting on 12 January.


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