Team India, on Friday (December 1), beat Australia by 20 runs in Raipur to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the ongoing five-match T20I series.
After failing to defend 222 runs in the third T20I, Team India bounced back in style to get back to winning ways and clinched the series with a match to go. The Men in Blue were asked to bat once again after captain Suryakumar Yadav lost the toss. Openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad added 50 runs for the first wicket before the hosts lost three wickets in quick time.
At one stage, the home side was reeling at 111 for 4 before a 56-run stand between Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma steadied the ship̣. Rinku top-scored for the team, scoring 46 runs 29 balls while Jitesh scored 35 runs off 19 balls as India finished on 174/9. For Australia, Ben Dwarshuis picked up 3 wickets for 40 runs.
In reply, Australia finished on 154/7. After openers Matthew Short and Travis Head added 40 runs for the first wicket, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals. India’s spin duo of Ravi Bishnoi and Axar Patel did not let Australia off the hook as they combined to concede only 33 runs in 8 overs and picked up 4 wickets. For Australia, Matthew Wade’s 36 was the best effort with the bat.
India break Pakistan’s record:
The victory not only secured the series for Team India but also marked a significant milestone for them. They have now gone past Pakistan in the list of most wins by a team in T20Is. The win was India’s 136th T20I win in 213 matches.
On the other hand, Pakistan have 135 wins from 226 games in the shortest format of the game. India and Pakistan are two of the only three teams who have reached the 100-win mark in T20Is. New Zealand are third in the list with 102 wins followed by Australia and South Africa who have 95 wins each. England have won 92 T20Is so far.
Teams with most wins in T20Is:
- India – 136
- Pakistan – 135
- New Zealand – 102
- Australia – 95
- South Africa – 95
- England – 92