Australia beat India by 12 runs in the 3rd T20I

By ScoreLine Desk - December 9, 2020

Sydney: The Indian cricket team failed to chase down a steep 187-run target against Australia in the third and final T20I. Credit to Australia for pulling things back as India won the series 2-1.

Australia managed 186/5 in 20 overs, with Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell scoring respective 50-plus knocks. In reply, Virat Kohli’s 85-run knock wasn’t enough.

India captain Virat Kohli threatened to produce another run-chase master class with a typically brilliant 85 but the performance of leg-spinner Mitch Swepson, who took 3-23, nullified the champion batsman’s impact to restrict the visitors to 7-173.

It means that over the six limited-overs matches the two sides couldn’t be split, winning three games each with Australia taking out the ODIs and India the T20Is.

Indian skipper Kohli hit his 25th career T20I fifty and a seventh one versus Australia. He now has the joint-most fifty-plus scores in T20Is alongside Rohit Sharma. Kohli also went past 2,900 career T20I runs and became the first player to do so. Shikhar Dhawan (28) raced to 1,669 T20I runs and got past Kane Williamson’s tally (1,665).

Four-match Test series, which starts on December 17 in Adelaide before moving to Melbourne (Dec 26-30), Sydney (Jan 7-11) and Brisbane (Jan 15-19).

Even with India 4-100 after 13 overs, requiring 87 from the 42 balls, Australia could not relax with Kohli and Hardik Pandya at the crease.

Earlier, Australia captain Finch returned after missing second match with a glute injury but faced only two balls when he was out in the second over without scoring.

Wade and Steve Smith, who made 24 but should have been stumped on 18, put on 65 for the second wicket before the right-hander was bowled to be Washington Sundar’s second victim of the night.

Glenn Maxwell, who registered a 36-ball 54, hit three fours and three sixes. The all-rounder has raced to 1,687 career T20I runs at an average of 33.07.

He surpassed the tally of Pakistan’s Babar Azam (1,681) and South Africa legend AB de Villiers (1,672). Maxwell became the second Australian to get past 400 T20I runs against India (431). It was his second fifty against India.

By ScoreLine Desk

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