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How India chased victory to claim series win over Aus

September 26, 2022 00:03 IST
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The Indian cricket team celebrate with the trophy after beating Australia in the 3rd T20I to win the series 2-1 in Hyderabad on Sunday

IMAGE: The Indian cricket team celebrate with the trophy after beating Australia in the 3rd T20I to win the series 2-1 in Hyderabad on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli struck half centuries as India beat Australia by six wickets in their third and final Twenty20 International in Hyderabad on Sunday to claim a 2-1 series win.

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India lost openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul cheaply in the powerplay, but Yadav and Kohli put on a century stand as they chased their target of 187, and Hardik Pandya hit the winning runs with a ball to spare.

Suryakumar Yadav celebrates his half-century

IMAGE: Suryakumar Yadav celebrates his half-century. Photograph: BCCI

Yadav hit five boundaries and as many sixes in a 36-ball 69 and was looking unstoppable until he fell to Josh Hazlewood, with Kohli then taking over as he hit 63 runs off 48.

Pandya (25) kept his cool while facing a relentless Australian attack after Kohli's dismissal in the final over and wrapped up the win with a boundary off Daniel Sams.

Cameron Green scored a 21-ball 52 

IMAGE: Cameron Green scored a 21-ball 52. Photograph: ANI Photos

Put in to bat, Australia had made a blazing start with opener Cameron Green smashing seven fours and three sixes in a 21-ball 52 after Axar Patel drew a mishit from skipper Aaron Finch (7) to provide India with a breakthrough.

The hosts found some more breathing space after Bhuvaneshwar Kumar removed Green and Glenn Maxwell (6) was run out by Axar, while Steve Smith (9) was stumped by Dinesh Karthik off Yuzvendra Chahal's delivery.

Axar Patel and Rohit Sharma celebrate the wicket of Aaron Finch 

IMAGE: Axar Patel and Rohit Sharma celebrate the wicket of Aaron Finch. Photograph: ANI Photos

Josh Inglis (24) and Matthew Wade (1) both fell to Axar in the 14th over to leave the visitors at 117-6 before Tim David provided a late flourish.

David scored 54 runs off 27 balls as he added 68 runs for the seventh wicket with Sams (28) and notched his first international half-century for Australia to help the visitors post a strong 186-7.

Australia won the series opener by four wickets, while India levelled the series with a six-wicket victory on Friday in a match reduced to eight overs per side.

 

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