India‘s aim to clean sweep the series did not go as per plan despite important innings from the captain, as Australia held their nerves and stunt India by not letting them get away. However, despite winning the series, India has had an amazing run in the tour, as of now. By losing to Australia in the ODI series, they came back hard since the ODI victory in Canberra and carried the confidence to the T20 I format and sealed the series 2-1.
India asked Australia to Bat after having won the toss and was looking forward to chasing the total. With the presence of the captain, Aaron Finch, along with the Stand-in Captain of the previous T20 I Mathew Wade, Australia had a similar start at the Power play with Mathew Wade going after the bowlers after the early wicket of Aaron Finch.
Wade ensured to steady the ship, by partnering with Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell. After having played the attacking role in the mandatory power play, Wade played his innings sensibly and distributed the roles with Steven Smith who had all the shots in the cabinet with an unorthodox approach and also Glenn Maxwell, who after getting one life, did not stop and kept hitting Sixes at Will.
After crossing the 150 run mark by the 16 over, the lower middle order did have some struggle initially, as the pace attack of T Natrajan troubled the Aussie batsmen with his effective line and lengths and mind-boggling Yorkers that he has been working on. Alongside him was also Washington Sundar who initially went for 24 of his first two overs, curbed down the run rate, by going hard at the batsmen. Australia finally landed up with 187 on the board, which is 5 less than the previous T20I.
Fans expected a successful chase of team India to Sweep the series but got stunted by having lost KL Rahul to the bowling of Glenn Maxwell who enforced Rahul to play the pull shot t towards Deep Mid wicket where Steve Smith took a comfortable catch.
The match was not over yet, as Shikhar and Kohli went about the innings positively at the run rate of almost 9.50 per over. As the innings looked to be steady, India lot Shikhar, followed by Samson who played a cameo and helped Kohli get his half-century. Never the less, Australia came back hard with Swepson and Zampa giving two breakthroughs, putting India in a tricky situation of a score of 100-4.
It was the previous match hero, Hardik Pandya, and captain Kohli to take India home. The Partnership started off with Pandya having trouble to get his timing right. The moment Kohli went to smack sixes of Daniel Sams, it boosted the morale of Pandya to get the timing of his strokes right.
In the penultimate situation, Zampa got rid of Pandya, posing a heavy burden on Kohli, who got caught in a deep cover that reversed the situation in favor of Australia. Although Australia got their victory, the dressing room was also impressed by the stroke play of Shardhul Thakur who smashed two sixes on the leg side and was desperate to reduce the margin of victory, if not lead to a miraculous victory.