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New Delhi: After half-centuries from Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell, the spin spell of leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson saw Australia beat India by 12 runs in the third and final T20 International cricket match to win India’s 10 consecutive victories. Stopped the campaign. Team India was successful in winning the series 2–1.
Virat Kohli’s innings of 85 runs wasted
Chasing Australia’s target of 187, the Indian team could score 174 for seven in 20 overs due to the superb bowling of Swepson (3 for 23) despite captain Virat Kohli’s 85-run innings. Kohli hit four fours and three sixes in his 61-ball innings, but it was not enough to give the team the victory.
India started normally, 55 runs for one wicket in the power play
India got off to a Normal start to chase the target. Surprisingly, Australia handed the first over to Maxwell and Lokesh Rahul (00) played the second ball of this improvised spinner in the hands of Smith at deep midwicket boundary. Captain Kohli was lucky on scoring nine runs when Maxwell’s ball was hoisted in the air but this time Smith failed to catch a catch on the boundary. Kohli hit the first boundary of the innings with fours on Daniel Samms in the fourth over. Andrew Tye, however, dropped another catch off his first ball. Kohli hit a four over Sean Abbott in the sixth over while Shikhar Dhawan also hit two fours. India scored 55 for one wicket in the power play.
India need 76 runs to win in last five overs
India needed 76 runs to win in the last five overs. Kohli showed his stride with two consecutive sixes on Sam’s, while Hardik Pandya also hit a six in this over. Pandya hit fours and sixes in consecutive balls of the tie in the 17th over. He, however, caught Finch in the next over by waving Jampa’s ball in the air. He scored 20 runs in 13 balls. India needed 36 runs to win in the last two overs. On the first ball of the 19th over of the tie, Kohli gave a catch to Sam’s, which also broke India’s true hope of winning.
Wade and Maxwell both hit a half-century
Matthew Wade made a 90-run partnership for the third wicket with Glenn Maxwell (54) in addition to scoring 80 runs off 53 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Maxwell hit three fours and three sixes in his 36-ball innings. Wade also added 65 runs for the second wicket with Steve Smith (24). Thanks to Wade and Maxwell, the Australian team was successful in adding 99 runs in the last nine overs. For India, off-spinner Washington Sundar was the most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 34 runs.
India pays the brunt of poor fielding
India also suffered the brunt of poor fielding. Apart from dripping at least two catches, he also missed a stump while misfiring several times. India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Wade once again appeared in good rhythm and started with two fours in Deepak Chahar’s first over. After being ruled out of the second T20 due to injury, the returning captain Aaron Finch failed and without opening the account, Sundar was caught easy at mid-off by Sundar Pandya.
Australia add 51 runs for one wicket in the power play
Smith had trouble playing big shots from the beginning, but Wade continued to bat aggressively. Wade hit Chahar for two consecutive fours after hitting a four. Australia added 51 runs for one wicket in the power play. Smith was lucky on the score of 18, while wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul missed the opportunity to stump him on Sundar’s ball. Smith, however, could not take advantage of this and two balls later he was bowled by the same spinner. He hit a four in his 23-ball innings.
Wade and Maxwell get many Chances
Matthew Wade completed his second consecutive half-century off 34 balls with two runs off Natarajan. Wade and Maxwell batted hard after this. Wade welcomed Shardul Thakur with a six, Maxwell completed the century of the team’s runs in the 12th over with fours on this fast bowler. Maxwell was lucky on the score of 18 when Rahul caught his catch off the ball of Yuzvendra Chahal, but it was no ball. Wade then hit a six over Thakur while Maxwell hit two sixes on Chahal.
When Maxwell was playing for 38 runs, he got his second life when Chahal hit his easy catch off Thakur’s ball. Maxwell hit a six off the next ball and completed a half-century in 31 balls with fours on T Natarajan. In the 19th over of the innings, Wade missed LBW by Thakur’s Fultos. In the same over, Chahar also dripped Maxwell’s catch. Natarajan bowled Maxwell on the first ball of the last over.
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