Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

India beats Australia by six wickets to square T20 series

India beats Australia by six wickets to square T20 series

Now a win at the SCG will at least let Virat Kohli's team share the bragging rights and more importantly remain in a good frame of mind before the real test begins at Adelaide on December 6.

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started their innings on a blistering note and crossed the 50-run mark for their team in less than 5 overs.

After winning the player of the series award against Australia in T20Is, Shikhar Dhawan thanked the Indian fans in the crowd for their support. However, with the help of Dinesh Karthik, Kohli knocked off the last sixty in six and a half overs. It put a momentary break on scoring as no runs were scored off the next eight balls, resulting in Sharma's dismissal, who played on off Adam Zampa (1-22).

Kohli added 60 runs with Karthik and sealed the victory with back-to-back fours.

Starc's main role will wait a little while after Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first.

On Sunday, chasing 165 to win, India suffered a mid-innings slump that left them needing 52 off the last five overs.

To stop the carnage, Aaron Finch brought back Mitchell Starc and the left-arm quick, playing his first 20-over global in more than two years, did not let his captain down, trapping Dhawan lbw for 41 to end the 67-run stand.

It became a double blow as Rishabh Pant was out for a first-ball duck, gloving behind off a slower short ball from Andrew Tye (1-32).

Marcus Stoinis (25 not out off 15 balls) played an attacking cameo at the end, and put on 33 runs with Nathan Coulter-Nile (13 not out) as Australia finished with a score just above average (151) at this ground.

The all-rounder caught Finch at short fine leg, before dismissing Short and Ben McDermott off successive deliveries to drag India back into the contest.

Earlier, Krunal Pandya took career-best figures of 4-36 as Australia were restricted to 164-6 in 20 overs.

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