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3rd T20I: Kohli’s knock hands India 6-wicket win vs Australia, levels series 1-1 (Lead)

Nov 25, 2018
Sydney:Skipper Virat Kohli (61 not out) scored a sparkling half-century to guide India to a six-wicket victory over Australia and level the three-match rubber 1-1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Sunday.

The visitors were in a must-win situation on Sunday as Australia had won the first T201 at Brisbane while the second game was washed out at Melbourne.

The Indian skipper, who hit the winning runs, came in the sixth over when India were 67/1 and made sure his team crossed the line well in time to deny the hosts a series win.

Kohli’s knock was laced with four boundaries and a couple of sixes. The Indian skipper was involved in a crucial 60-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik, who provided valuable support with his unbeaten 18-ball 22 runs.

Chasing a 165-run target, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma lit up the early stages of the run chase with some awesome strokeplay. The duo hammered Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis for 20 and 22 runs in the fourth and fifth over respectively as India’s scorecard read 62/0 after five overs.

Mitchell Starc gave some respite to Australia by breaking the 67-run partnership as the pacer picked Dhawan before the wickets in the sixth over. Leggie Adam Zampa then struck to dismiss Rohit (23) with India’s scorecard reading 67/2.

Lokesh Rahul (14) and Kohli then tried to rescue India, adding 41 runs for the third wicket before the former, while trying to clear the fence off a Glenn Maxwell delivery, was caught at long-off.

In the very first ball of the next over, it seemed Australia were back in the contest as medium pacer Andrew Tye sent back stumper Rishabh Pant, who failed to open his account and India were reeling at 108/4 in 13.1 overs.

However, Kohli was then joined by Karthik and the duo denied the hosts any further celebration as they guided India home with a match-winning 60-run partnership.

For Australia, Starc, Zampa, Maxwell and Tye picked a wicket each.

IANS