After being denied a shot at victory in the second T20 against Australia due to rain, India registered a six-wicket win in the deciding match of the series at Sydney. The visitors restored parity in the three-match series as they romped to a six-wicket over Aaron Finch’s men with two balls to spare in the end.
At the end of an intriguing series battle, we rate the performances of the two teams.
Aaron Finch – 6
The Australia skipper was dismissed for a golden duck in the second T20 but he will be disappointed not to kick on in the other two matches despite getting off to good starts.
D’Arcy Short – 6
The Aussie opener had a disappointing time with the bat in the first two matches with scores of seven and 14 but helped his side get off to a great start in the decider with a 33-run knock.
Glenn Maxwell – 7
The all-rounder was the hero of Australia’s win in the series opener where he changed the complexion of the game with a whirlwind 46. Was excellent with the ball in the third game.
Ben McDermott – 6
The young Australia batsman showed some promise with a fighting 32 in the washed out second T20. However, he was dismissed for a duck in Sydney.
Alex Carey – 6
The Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman put up a fighting 27 with the bat at the SCG and was generally a safe pair of hands behind the stumps.
Chris Lynn – 6
The hard-hitting batsman showed his explosive side with a well-made 37 in the series opener but was unable to create an impact with the bat in the two games to follow.
Marcus Stoinis – 8
The Aussie all-rounder showed his abilities with both bat and ball in the hosts’ win in the first T20 with a quick-fire 33 along with two wickets to his name. He provided Australia with a strong finish with the bat in the final T20 too.
Adam Zampa – 8
The Australian leg-spinner was excellent in his side’s win in the series opener with figures of 2-22 and carried on that form to the third T20 where his 1-22 put the brakes on India’s electric start with the bat.
Jason Behrendorff – 4
The left-arm seamer had troubled India last year on his international debut but he was taken for 43 runs in the opening T20 before being dropped.
Andrew Tye – 6
The T20 specialist pacer was taken for as many as 47 runs in Brisbane although he did manage to create some pressure on India’s batting in Sydney.
Billy Stanlake – 7
The express pace bowler looked excellent in the series opener at Brisbane with figures of 1-27 before an injury ruled him out.
Nathan Coulter-Nile – 5
The tall pacer was not picked in the playing XI for Brisbane with rain denying him a chance to bowl in the second T20. He was carted for 40 runs from his four overs in the final match in a lacklustre display.
Mitchell Starc – 7
Making a return to the T20I squad after a gap of two years, Starc showed he means business with a fiery spell of fast bowling on Sunday that accounted for the wicket of the well-set Shikhar Dhawan.
Shikhar Dhawan – 9
The left-handed opener showed his limited-overs prowess with a man-of-the-series display that included a terrific 76 in Brisbane and a 22-ball 41 in a winning cause.
Rohit Sharma – 6
The India deputy skipper was dismissed for just seven runs at the Gabba before he scored a quick-fire 26 in Sydney to get India off to an explosive start in the third game.
KL Rahul – 4
The stylish batsman continues to throw away the chances extended to him with another poor series with the bat. He looked completely out of sorts in his 20-ball 14 in the decider and looks short of confidence.
Virat Kohli – 8
The India skipper looked rusty in his short innings at Brisbane but then showed his finishing prowess to guide the visitors to victory in a tricky chase on Sunday.
Rishabh Pant – 5
Not the best of series for Rishabh Pant who was given the wicketkeeping duties in the absence of MS Dhoni. He failed to create an impact with the bat and was dismissed for a duck while playing a loose stroke in the third match. His glovework left plenty to be desired too.
Dinesh Karthik – 8
Karthik showed he can be an excellent finisher for India in the limited-overs format after nearly pulling off victory for the visitors in Brisbane before providing the perfect foil to Kohli in the Sydney chase.
Krunal Pandya – 7
The spinning all-rounder was taken to the cleaners at the Gabba with figures of 0-55 but he bounced back with two excellent showings with the ball including a man-of-the-match display in Sydney.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 7
The senior India pacer was terrific with the ball in the first two matches, especially in the washed out T20 at Melbourne. Was a level below his best in the decider.
Kuldeep Yadav – 8
The wrist-spinner continues to establish himself as one of the leading white-ball bowlers in the world with three consistent outings with the ball. Picked up four wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah – 7
Like Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah looked in excellent rhythm in Brisbane and Melbourne but was off-colour in Sydney where he was taken for 38 runs from his four overs.
Khaleel Ahmed – 6
A mixed-bag from the young left-armed pacer who leaked runs in all three of his outings. However, he did look menacing with the new-ball in the washed out second T20.
Trailing 0-1 in the series, Virat Kohli and his men chased down the Aussie total of 164-6 with two balls to spare in the decider at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
After what was an engrossing T20 clash, we look at the key talking points.
KRUNAL PANDYA RISES TO THE OCCASION
India’s pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed were excellent in the abandoned second T20 but they were unable to repeat that showing on Sunday with Australia getting off to a great start with the bat.
Openers Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short added 68 runs in just over eight overs as India’s fast-bowlers leaked runs aplenty in the powerplay. It was left to the India’s spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya to pull things back. While the former provided the initial breakthrough by sending back Finch, it was the latter who turned the tide with four scalps.
Pandya dismissed Glenn Maxwell once again while also accounting for Short, Chris Lynn and Alex Carey who all fell while trying to sweep the left-arm spinner. While Pandya was slightly expensive, his wickets halted the Aussie momentum before a strong finish by the hosts.
AUSTRALIA SPINNERS TIE DOWN INDIA
In chase of 165, India’s openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got off to an electric start with 62 runs coming in the first five overs. Twenty runs came off the fourth over of the innings while 22 came in the next bowled by Marcus Stoinis as Dhawan and Sharma made the boundary ropes at the SCG irrelevant.
Their stand was brought to an end by Mitchell Starc who outdid Dhawan with his blistering pace before Australia spinners Adam Zampa and Maxwell put a brake on India’s scoring rate.
Zampa was excellent, starting off his spell with a maiden over which included the big wicket of Sharma. He was on the mark throughout his four-over spell, conceding only 22 runs. He got excellent support from Maxwell whose part-time off-spin accounted for KL Rahul.
The pair conceded only 47 runs from their eight overs and helped the hosts claw back into the game after a rocking start by India’s openers.
KOHLI STEERS ANOTHER CHASE
It seemed inevitable. Despite all the good work by Australia’s spinners and Andrew Tye in the middle overs, the hosts were unable to claim the wicket of Kohli. If the visiting skipper stays unbeaten during a chase in a limited-overs chase, there can be only one result – an India win.
The 29-year-old looked determined to finish the chase the moment he walked out to the crease and he anchored the innings to perfection before stepping up a gear in the final overs.
He kept his cool as Zampa and Maxwell dried up the runs and chose his moments to attack in another well-crafted chase. Kohli found a trusted partner in Dinesh Karthik as he brought up his 19th T20I fifty and finished off the chase in style in the final over bowled by Tye.
It was the 14th instance of the right-hander remaining unbeaten in a T20I chase and he has now led India to victory in all 14 of them. It was also back-to-back T20I fifties at the SCG for Kohli who had led India to a last-ball victory in a chase of 198 at the venue two years ago.
The second edition of the T10 League has been remarkable to say the least. Ten overs don’t seem like a lot but in the ongoing tournament in Sharjah, a lot has happened over the course of 60 balls to leave fans thrilled and traditionalists scratching their heads.
We have witnessed some unbelievable efforts with both bat and ball in the tournament. Here we take a look at four such performances in second edition of the T10 League.
SHAHZAD TEES OFF
Mohammad Shahzad 74 not out off 16 balls in the T10 opener— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 21, 2018
- 12-ball 50 (fastest in T10s)
- Highest score in T10s
- 8 Sixes - most in T10s
- Zero dot balls
- Chased 95 in 4 overs
- Chase done in 17 minutes#T10league
The very first match of the T10 League left fans stunned. The Sindhis had posted a decent total of 94-6, which was expected to pose the Rajputs some challenge. But Afghanistan wicketkeeper and Rajputs opener Mohammad Shahzad made a mockery of the target.
He blasted the bowling attack – which included proven names like Mohammad Nawaz, Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera and Fawad Ahmed – to all parts of the ground during a merciless knock of 74 from just 16 balls, including six fours and eight sixes. Rajputs chased down the target with six overs to spare.
YAMIN TO THE FOUR
Pakistan all-rounder Aamer Yamin came up with a superb bowling performance for Bengal Tigers against Northern Warriors. Defending a total of 130-1, Yamin picked up four wickets in four balls in the penultimate over the match, taking the scalps of Lendl Simmons, Rovman Powell, Ravi Bopara and Hardus Viljoen. It was a rare double hat-trick for the Pakistan quick.
TAMBE ROCKS AT 47
Indian leg-spinner Pravin Tambe is 47 but remains as effective in short formats. Playing for the Sindhis against Kerala Knights, Tambe picked up five wickets – including three in his first over.
The leg-spinner was playing his first competitive fixture in a year but showed that he still has it in him to make an impact against the best in the business; his wickets includes Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard and Upul Tharanga.
WARRIORS LET LOOSE
How long can a team score for nearly 20 runs an over? Northern Warriors showed that it can be done for 10 overs. Batting against Punjabi Legends, the Warriors amassed an astounding 183-2 in their 10 overs with Nicholas Pooran leading the way with 77 from 25 balls. The Warriors won the match by 99 runs.