India defeated Australia by six wickets to clinch the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series with a game to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. With 14 runs required from the last over, Hardik Pandya finished the game with the sixes in that over as India cruised past the finish line with two balls to spare.
With the hosts setting up a big total of 195, Shikhar Dhawan provided the visitors with a perfect start with his quick half-century. Dhawan received ample support from skipper Virat Kohli who scored 40 runs and KL Rahul who scored 30. Coming to bat at number six Shreyas Iyer also contributed to India’s successful chase with a brisk cameo.
However, in the Australian line-up, Mitchell Swepson was the key factor in the Australian bowling attack. The leg-spinner picked up a wicket and gave away just 25 runs.
Earlier, India won the toss and decided to chase Australia. Matthew Wade, who was the stand-in captain for the Aussies, smashed a half-century that consisted of 10 boundaries and a six during his 32 ball knock.
Momentum for Australia during the middle overs was carried by Steve Smith who scored 46 runs off 38 balls. While, it was the late bashing from Marcus Stoinis and Moises Henriques that ensured that Australia was put at a comfortable spot, finishing with a total of 194 for five from their 20 overs.
However, for India T Natarajan was the key bowler as he returned with figures of two wickets for 20 runs from his four-over spell. On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal who received player of the match in the previous game was bashed by the Australian batsmen. He gave away 51 runs from his four overs with only one wicket.
The final T20I would be taking place at the same venue on Tuesday.