Virat Kohli Leads India Cricket Team To Beat Australia Cricket Team In T20i Series
A high-octane chase came to an end where Daniel Sams gave a tough outing to India in the final over, almost defending 11 runs in the last six balls where he dismissed an in-form Virat Kohli as well.
But India had just done enough with the bat to clinch a narrow win, credit to Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya.
Here are some of the major takeaways of the series decider:
Green Continues To Impress
When Ravichandran Ashwin said that the IPL franchises will break their banks to sign Australia's Cameron Green for the coming season, he was joking.
Green has been phenomenal on his first visit to India. Playing only in his fourth T20I today, the opener smacked a 21-ball 52 to keep Rohit Sharma and co in check.
His ability to smack the ball around the park as well as keep the scoreboard ticking with singles has been remarkable.
Green doesn't need an open face of the bat nor a high backlift to make sure the ball goes to the fence, just ask Jasprit Bumrah who got hit for two back-to-back-sixes by the 23-year-old in his first over in the powerplay.
This was his second half-century in the series after he was Man of the Match in the opening game, with a 61-run knock.
With the ball, it felt like he was bowling on a different wicket as compared to other members of the pace cartel. Giving away only 14 in his three overs, Green was the most economical bowler (4.7) on either side.
The tall, right-arm quick went wicketless, but he kept the Indian top-order in check whenever Finch put him back into the attack.
Green's ability to keep the batters in trouble with opening spells and smack the opposition as an opener makes him a once-in-a-generation star, similar to what Jacques Kallis was to South Africa.
There's a reason Australia's most successful captain, Ricky Ponting, is a fan of the Perth Scorchers star.
Australia Cricket Team's Tim David Shines In Yellow
It did not take Tim David very long to replicate his performances of franchise cricket in the international circuit for Australia.
He took his time to get going but once he did, it was an uphill task for the India cricket team's bowling line-up to get a hold of him. Being called to bat in the 13th over after Australia lost two wickets in quick succession, David held his nerves to get the side back into the driving seat with Josh Inglis.
In the final overs, he tightened screws around India's cricket team to bring up his first fifty in the yellow jersey. The 26-year-old's four sixes and two fours helped him reach 54 off 27 before Harshal Patel outsmarted him, getting him caught by Rohit Sharma.
Australia would ideally want David to be in the knick of his life before entering into the upcoming T20 World Cup at home. David's record in the Big Bash League as well as good form against India will brim him with confidence before the mega event kicks off on October 16.
Virat Kohli Gets Into The Groove
Former India cricket team captain Virat Kohli brought up his 33rd fifty, scoring 63 off 48. Virat Kohli's knock was the perfect example of playing according to the situation in the shortest format of the game.
At one end when Suryakumar Yadav was smacking the ball around the park, Virat Kohli resorted to rotating the strike and got back to scoring quick runs when Sky was dismissed and Hardik Pandya walked in.
Although he was dismissed before he could finish the job, the Chase Master had struck a huge six off Sams in the first ball off the final over to put India's cricket team within touching distance of the series win.
He has seemingly picked up right where he left off in the Asia Cup in Dubai, where he was the second-highest scorer in the tournament with 276 runs in only five innings, flaunting an average of 92.
The Sky Lights Up The Sky At The ICC T20I 2022 Stadium
Suryakumar Yadav was seeing the ball better than anyone on the Indian side tonight. The Mumbai Indian veteran smoked five sixes and five fours to get the India cricket team into the driving seat.
Yadav scored a whopping 69 of 36 as if to tell Pakistan's Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan that he'll keep on challenging them for the top spot in ICC's ranking for best T20 batsmen.
Sky's 100-run partnership with Virat Kohli proved to be the most crucial pairing for Sharma's men.
He was awarded Man of the Match for his knock. Yadav's knock came to an end after he tried to maneuver a shot on the extra cover off Josh Hazlewood's full-on delivery, gifting his wicket to Australia's skipper Aaron Finch.
Pandya Delivers The Final Punch
Hardik Pandya did tonight what he has been doing for India's cricket team for a good few years now. With Sky back into the hut in the death overs, Pandya took charge with Virat Kohli.
He took a few balls to settle and did not look back then. With a six against Hazlewood, Pandya propelled the team forward and got a couple more fours under his belt to make the chase easier for the hosts.
While Virat Kohli departed with only five needed off five, the chase got tricky in the final few balls after Dinesh Karthik took a single off the first delivery and Sams bowled a full delivery outside off to get another dot ball.
With two needed off four, the Gujarat Titans captain was cheeky enough to throw his bat at it and get the thick edge past Cameron Green at short third man to get another four, leaving Sams in disbelief to see his inch-perfect yorker hit the boundary cushions.
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