Australia, on Tuesday, beat India by 12 runs in the third and final T20I to avoid a whitewash. The series has ended 2-1 in India’s favour. Both the teams will now lock horns in a four-match Test series, scheduled to start on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.
Asked to bat first, Australia finished their innings on an imposing total of 186 for 5 with Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell scoring fifties. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who had scored 58 in the previous outing, top-scored for Australia, scoring 80. His impressive knock came off 53 balls and was studded with seven fours and a couple of sixes.
Glenn Maxwell also continued his fine form with the bat by scoring another fifty. The right-handed batsman scored 54 off 36 balls with the help three fours and as many sixes. For India, Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for 34 off his four overs. T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur picked one wicket each.
In reply, India ended their innings on 174 for 7. Skipper Virat Kohli was the top-scorer for the visitors, scoring 85. For Australia, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 23 runs off his four overs.
Here’s what Aaron Finch said after the match:
Speaking at the end of the match, Australia skipper Aaron Finch started by expressing his delight over the win after two losses. He then went on to praise Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson for their ‘bold’ performances.
“It was a great series, and we just happened to be on the wrong end of the first two. It’s the first time we’ve had two leg-spinners in the side, and they were bold with the short boundaries here, so credit to both of them,” said Aaron Finch.
“Swepson bowled the 7th over against Shikhar and Virat, both destructive in their own ways, but Zamps bowled really well as well. We played some great white-ball cricket over the last 18 months and really proud of the bunch,” he added.
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