Cricket: Kohli, Suryakumar help India seal T20I series against Australia

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Nakul Shivani | Date 26-09-2022
Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli
Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli



Blistering knocks by Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and a late cameo of 25 not out off 16 balls by Hardik Pandya took India to a six-wicket win over Australia in the third and final game of the three match T20I series on Sunday.

With this win India sealed the series 2-1.

Suryakumar smashed 69 off 66 balls while Kohli scored 63 off 48 balls to guide the Men in Blue to a thrilling run chase victory.

Chasing 187, India got off to the worst start as they lost their opener KL Rahul in the very first over the innings.

Virat Kohli then came out to bat and handled the charge of the Indian team with skipper Rohit Sharma.

In the fourth over of the innings, Pat Cummins gave India a big blow as he dismissed skipper Rohit for 17 runs in 14 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav then joined Virat Kohli at the crease.

The duo of Kohli and Suryakumar brought up their 100-run partnership stand in 59 deliveries as they continued their carnage on Australian bowlers.

Suryakumar looked in great touch smashing Hazlewood for one six and four, however, his stint was cut short as he tried to play a shot on straight to long-off but handed an easy catch to Aaron Finch for 69 runs in 36 deliveries in the 14th over of the match.

Hardik Pandya then came to bat on the crease.

In the 16th over of the innings, Kohli brought up his 33rd T20I fifty in 37 balls.

With 11 runs left to win in the last over, Kohli sent the very first delivery of Sams for a six but was sent back to the pavilion after scoring 63 runs in 48 balls. With 5 runs left to win in 4 balls, Dinesh Karthik came out to bat.

Sams delivered a wide yorker but Hardik cleverly opened the face of the bat and sliced this fine with one hand to get it to the boundary to guided his team home to clinch the three-match T20I series against Australia.

Earlier, Cameron Green smashed 52 off 21 and a late blitz of 54 runs by Tim David guided Australia to post a competitive total of 186/7

For Australia, apart from Cameron Green, a blistering knock of 54 runs by Tim David powered the visitors to a decent total.

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For India Axar Patel scalped three-wicket while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel bagged one wicket each.