India in Australia, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Australia vs India - 3rd T20I

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney

Date & Time: 08 December 2020

India 174/7

RR: 8.7 | Australia beat India by 12 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
KL Rahul c Steven Smith & b Glenn Maxwellc Steven Smith & b Glenn Maxwell0200
Shikhar Dhawan c Daniel Sams & b Mitchell Swepsonc Daniel Sams & b Mitchell Swepson282130
Virat Kohli c Daniel Sams & b Andrew Tyec Daniel Sams & b Andrew Tye856143
Sanju Samson c Steven Smith & b Mitchell Swepsonc Steven Smith & b Mitchell Swepson10900
Shreyas Iyer lbw Mitchell Swepsonlbw Mitchell Swepson0100
Hardik Pandya c Aaron Finch (C) & b Adam Zampac Aaron Finch (C) & b Adam Zampa201312
Washington Sundar c Andrew Tye & b Sean Abbottc Andrew Tye & b Sean Abbott7610
Shardul Thakur not out not out 17702
Deepak Chahar not out not out 0000
Yuzvendra Chahal
T Natarajan
Extras 7 (b 1, lb 0, w 6, nb 0)
Total 174 (7 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (KL Rahul,0.2), 74-2 (Shikhar Dhawan,8.5), 97-3 (Sanju Samson,12.3), 100-4 (Shreyas Iyer,13), 144-5 (Hardik Pandya,17.1), 151-6 (Virat Kohli,18.1), 164-7 (Washington Sundar,19.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Glenn Maxwell3 0 20 1 6.67
Sean Abbott4 0 49 1 12.25
Daniel Sams2 0 29 0 14.50
Andrew Tye4 0 31 1 7.75
Mitchell Swepson4 0 23 3 5.75
Adam Zampa3 0 21 1 7.00

Right then, that caps off a thrilling white-ball leg of India's tour down under. What a fantastic 6 games we had - 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The hosts won the former while the visitors clinched the latter. India would be happy that they managed to extract revenge in the second leg of the white ball series after losing the first leg. Right, off we move to the longest format of the game now, Tests. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between these two dawns upon us in just a few more days. The 1st Test, the pink ball one, is at Adelaide. It begins on 17th December at 1430 Local (0400 GMT). We hope to have your company for that. Until then, take care and see you...

Hardik Pandya is the PLAYER OF THE SERIES. Says that he is quite pleased with the way he played. Honestly adds that it was not an individual effort but a team effort. Says that he thinks he should head back home to see his family and child. Wants to spend quality time with them he says, on being asked if he thinks he might be called for the Test team. 

Virat Kohli, with the trophy in hand, for winning the T20I series 2-1, says that in T20Is, one has to take their chances. Eventually, Kohli states, the batters had too much to do in the end. Adds that he still believes the team was competitive throughout the series. Virat says that he feels very happy. Is great that they got to play in front of crowds. Believes the games were exciting as crowds were present. Because crowds are there, the atmosphere is different too. Says that Australia are a very competitive side and that India need to do a lot to come on top. 

Aaron Finch, the WINNING CAPTAIN, starts off by saying it is very good to be back and to be back with a win. Adds that bowling to Dhawan, who is a very good bowler of spin, was tough. States that Kohli is also a bludgeoner of the spinners and hence they needed to be careful. Says that some mistakes cost them the first 2 games. Adds that when one plays against the likes of champion teams like India and England, one needs to be at their best.

Mitchell Swepson is named the Player of the Match. Says that he is elated to bag this award and take his side home. On Shreyas Iyer's wicket off the very first ball that the batsman had faced, Mitchell states that he is happy to have got the wicket.

Andrew Tye is caught up for a quick chat. He says that he is happy with the total that Australia had got earlier. Adds that he is happy that Australia have won the last game. States that it is a batsman's game. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony...

Earlier in the game, Kohli got lucky with the coin toss and asked Australia to set the total. The Aussies got to the worst possible start as they lost skipper Finch for a duck. However, Wade and Smith added 50-plus and kept the boundaries coming with Wade doing his magic again. He got to his half ton and with Maxwell took the attack to the Indians. Maxwell too looked in good touch and he too smashed a fine 50 before getting out and helping Australia to get to 186/5. Indians were poor with the ball and on the field. Only Natarajan and Sundar had a decent outing with the ball for India. However, the total that the Aussies got to, was good enough for their bowlers in the end.

Bowling from Australia was better than what it was in the last game. They struck in the very first over. But the fielding from them was pretty much similar to that of the Indians. Swepson was pick of the bowlers as he got 3 wickets to his name, giving away just 23 in his 4 overs. Zampa just bowled 3 but got the massive wicket of Pandya. Abbott once again had a poor outing with the ball. Tye was pretty good in his 4-over spell, picking up the wicket of Kohli in that. Eventually, it was a decent outing for the Aussies, as they managed to keep chipping away at wickets and in spite of good, attacking cricket from Pandya and Kohli towards the end, they held onto their nerves and managed to bag the first win of the series.

Chasing the total, India lost Rahul on the 2nd ball of the chase but Dhawan along with Kohli added a 50-plus stand to keep the score ticking. Dhawan fell but Kohli continued and got to his half ton.  They were going along nicely but India lost 3 wickets quickly with Dhawan, Samson and Iyer falling in quick time. Kohli, along with Pandya, smashed a few out of the park but the latter fell against Zampa in the 18th over. With him going, Kohli had to go after the bowling and he fell in the penultimate over and it was easy peasy after that for Australia.

A terrific game of cricket and it is Australia who hold their nerves and manage to avoid a whitewash in the hands of the Indians. With Indians losing quick wickets, it became tough towards the end and the Aussies managed to squeeze the game and put India under pressure and seal the deal. However, it is India who will take the series 2-1. But, it is slightly disappointing that India lose their first T20I game, in 2020.

Sean Abbott to Shardul Thakur, DROPPED! Well, the game ends with a catch being dropped. Pretty charecteristic of the fielding in the series itself. Short ball, Shardul Thakur pulls hard at it. It goes high in the air to the man at deep mid-wicket who spills the sitter. A couple taken by the team from South Asia. But it does not matter as the AUSTRALIANS WIN BY 12 RUNS! INDIA THOUGH, WIN THE T20I SERIES 2-1!
Sean Abbott to Shardul Thakur, Back of a length ball around off, Thakur looks to slog it on the leg side but he misses his connection. A dot ball. Australia cannot lose now.
Sean Abbott to Shardul Thakur, Short ball, Shardul pulls at it. It is uppish.... but lands ahead of the man at deep square leg. Just the 2 runs there. Thakur is disappointed with himself.
Sean Abbott to Shardul Thakur, SIX! Shardul can strike all right. Low full toss on off and middle, Shardul picks it up and sends it soaring over wide long on for a maximum. 17 required from 3 balls now.  

Deepak Chahar is in now.

Sean Abbott to Washington Sundar, OUT! CAUGHT! Sundar is gone. This match is going away from India. Full toss well outside off, would have been a wide had he left it. But Washington Sundar goes after it. He strikes it uppishly but Tye, at deep backward point, runs in and takes the catch.
Sean Abbott to Washington Sundar, FOUR! Good strike this on the off side. India still in the game. 23 still needed though. Outside off, Washington hops and hammers it over the covers. Sweeper cover gives chase but the ball is well wide of him and goes away to the fence.

Who will bowl the final over of the game? Will Finch toss the ball to his leggie again? Thakur can use the long handle well against him. Finch goes to his pacer. Sean Abbott it is. He hasn't had the greatest of game today.

Andrew Tye to Shardul Thakur, SIX! 27 needed now in the last over. Full and on the stumps, Thakur powers that over deep square leg for a huge half a dozen. He can bat, Shardul Thakur. But the asking here is way too much.
Andrew Tye to Washington Sundar, On the pads, flicked aerially towards deep square leg. It falls on a bounce ahead of the fielder there. A single taken.
Andrew Tye to Shardul Thakur, This time he swings through the line for the length ball. It goes towards deep point for a single.
Andrew Tye to Shardul Thakur, Play and a miss! Length ball around off, Shardul swings for the heavens, only to miss.
Andrew Tye to Washington Sundar, Very full on leg, bunted down to mid on for a single.

Shardul Thakur is in now.

Andrew Tye to Virat Kohli, OUT! TAKEN! An outstanding catch from the seamer. Andrew Tye it is. Kohli goes. And so do India's chances. Full and outside off, Kohli comes down the track and strokes it uppishly towards deep point. Daniel, the man in the deep, takes a scintillating catch, diving to his left.

Who will bowl the penultimate over of the game? Andrew Tye it is.

Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli, WADE MISSES A STUMPING OPPORTUNITY! Kohli riding on a good deal of luck as well here. This was tossed up on the pads, Virat comes down the track and looks to slam it on the off side. He though misses to connect on that one. It comes off his pads, goes behind. Wade fumbles and a leg bye is sneaked in. Oh my goodness. How costly will that be!
Adam Zampa to Washington Sundar, In the air.. but lands safely. A single. 150 up for India. Tossed up outside off, WS skips down and lofts it over the bowler's head. It falls safely ahead of the long off fielder. A single taken.
Adam Zampa to Washington Sundar, Tossed up outside off, Washington Sundar gets down and looks to slog sweep that one but he misses. Should look for the quick singles instead of such stuff.
Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
Adam Zampa to Virat Kohli, FOUR! The call was for two but Virat gets a boundary there. Full and around off, Kohli drives it firmly and uppishly over Zampa. Long on runs to his left but fails to cut it off.

The task gets tougher for the Indians. Here's Washington Sundar.

Adam Zampa to Hardik Pandya, OUT! CAUGHT! Leading edge. This has been taken. Good captaincy from Finch. Full on middle and leg, Pandya's eyes lit up on seeing that. He looks to slog it over the leg side but gets a leading edge. It is uppish and goes straight into the hands of Aaron Finch at backward point. Aaron backtracks a little and takes it with ease.

Who will bowl now? Will Finch give an over to Zampa? Yes, here it is. 2-0-14-0 from him so far.

Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, Outside off, flat-batted to wide long off for a single. 13 runs from that over. The visitors need 43 runs in 18 balls. Still very much gettable.
Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, WIDE! Andrew goes for a bumper but ends up overcooking it. Hardik lets it be.
Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, SIX! WOW! Unbelievable. Length ball outside off, a check drive from Pandya. That was all. That was all. He ends up sending the ball over the bowler's head and for a half a dozen.
Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! That was hit with power. Look at the force behind that strike. Outside off, Hardik Pandya hammers it through the covers for a boundary.
Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, Misses! Pandya is dismayed with himself there. Slower length ball outside off, he looked to hammer it over covers but misses.
Andrew Tye to Virat Kohli, Very full and around off, glanced to the leg side for a single.
Andrew Tye to Virat Kohli, Kohli moves to the off side. The ball was wider of him, he lets it be. No wide called. Surprising. Maybe because he moved to the off side.
Daniel Sams to Hardik Pandya, SIX! Talk of connection! Hardik Pandya has joined the party. 20 runs off Daniel Sams's second over. Outside off, Kung Fu Pandya jumps and hammers it well over and wide of the man at deep point. A six to finish.
Daniel Sams to Hardik Pandya, Short and outside off, Pandya looked to hammer that over point. But he misses that one. We all know what happens if he connects.
Daniel Sams to Virat Kohli, Flicks this off his pads to deep square leg for a single.
Daniel Sams to Virat Kohli, SIX! WOW! We have waited a long time to see such an innings from Virat. Shortish ball down the leg side, following Kohli. Virat Kohli picks it up and deposits it over the fine leg boundary. Just wow!
Daniel Sams to Virat Kohli, SIX! High! And long enough as well. Full on middle, Virat flicks it with all his power and sends it high in the air.... and well over deep mid-wicket as well.
Daniel Sams to Hardik Pandya, Full and around off, driven down to long off for a single.

Daniel Sams is back. 1-0-9-0 are his figures so far.

Andrew Tye to Virat Kohli, Outside off on a length, Kohli lets it be. Not called wide again. Very good over from Tye. Just 2 off it.
Andrew Tye to Virat Kohli, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Kohli looks to carve it over point but misses. Good over so far.