India at SCG dominated the game today, men in blue levelled the T20I series. A fine performance by our spinners followed by masterclass chasing from Virat Kohli.
Australia’s Aaron Finch decided to bat. The home side struggled against left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav who conceded just 19 runs in his four overs, however Australia tried to attack Krunal Pandya.
Finch and D’Arcy Short gave Australia a solid opening stand of 68. They were aided by some below-par India fielding. Rohit Sharma dropped Finch at long-on when he had 22.
Things changed when India’s spinners were handed the ball. Skillful Kuldeep provided breakthrough having Finch caught at short fine leg and almost had Glenn Maxwell LBW.
Krunal bowled flatter than Kuldeep, claiming consecutive LBWs: Short and Ben McDermott.
Kuldeep was hard on the Aussies, this made them reshuffle the batting order. Kuldeep had the best bowling average as the series concluded.
Krunal claimed Maxwell in consecutive innings after Kuldeep went for just seven runs off the 10 balls he bowled to him.
As the wickets tumbled a desperate running from Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile gathered 33 off the last 16 balls. Australia struggled to set a decent target, their total was 164, highest in T20Is without a six.
For the first three overs of the chase, Dhawan and Rohit took time to settle in. Starc, playing his first T20I in two years, bowled at 145 kph. Medium arm fast bowlers were punished as India reached 62-0 with one over of Powerplay to go.
Finch returned to Starc, he pinned Dhawan LBW. When Zampa, who bowled superbly in Brisbane, started with a wicket maiden that included Rohit. Australia felt a glimmer of hope. That turned around when KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant both played careless shots, while Kohli supported. Kohli smashed back-to-back boundaries off Tye – this pushed the game back India’s way.
The T20 series was shared.