Shikhar Dhawan, Australia vs India 2018/19
Shikhar Dhawan has thanked the Indian fans for their support during T20Is. Image Courtesy: Getty

Last Update on: November 25th, 2018 at 06:30 pm

After winning the player of the series award against Australia in T20Is, Shikhar Dhawan thanked the Indian fans in the crowd for their support. Meanwhile, India beat Australia by six wickets at the SCG in the third and final T20I on Sunday.

Thanks to the Indian fans in the crowd – Dhawan

However, the win in Sydney helped India level the three-match T20I series 1-1. Earlier, India had lost the opening game at the Gabba, Brisbane before the second T20I in Melbourne got washed out. In the deciding match, it was Virat Kohli-led India who prevailed over the Aussies eventually.

However, earlier in the day, Aussie skipper, Aaron Finch won the toss and put Virat Kohli’s men to field first. The opening duo of Finch and Short added some important 68 runs for the first wicket. India’s chinaman Kuldeep Yadav opened the account, as he picked up the the captain.

Shikhar Dhawan, Australia vs India 2018/19
Shikhar Dhawan thanked fans for support. Image Courtesy: Getty

Later, the India all-rounder, Krunal Pandya who seemed to be expensive in the first T20I game bowled a superb spell from his full quota. Pandya was the pick of the bowlers who bagged four wickets to his name. He removed the dangerman Maxwell who played a weak shot and ended up giving a catch to Rohit Sharma.

However, Australia’s lower-middle order batsmen, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis added some crucial 33 runs at the end to post a score of 164 runs. While chasing down the target, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put a fiery start adding 67 runs within the six overs. After that, India lost their three wickets adding 41 runs.

Virat, Krunal help India win SCG game

Australia vs India 2018/19
Virat helped India win the Sydney game. Image Courtesy: Getty

Later, skipper Virat Kohli played some excellent cricket, as he had scored his 19th half-century in T20I cricket. However, Kohli and Karthik also added 50 plus runs partnership for the fifth wicket to win the match with two balls to spare.

“Guess they love me a lot, and I’ll make them cheers more *thigh-slaps* Tremendous to see Indian support. I’m sure they’ll support us for the Tests too. It was fun. As a batsman, when you score it always feels good. It’s good that we were able to draw this series.”

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover