Young leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson bowled outstandingly well in the third T20 international in Sydney against India to hand Australia a 12-run consolation victory. Mitchell Swepson, who made his international debut in 2018, was one of the two leggies playing all three games in this series. The leggie grabbed figures of 4-0-23-0 and conceded that he enjoyed every minute of the challenge.
Mitchell Swepson put on an underwhelming show in the first T20 international despite taking the wicket of Virat Kohli but did not complete his quota, ending with figures of 2-0-21-1. Swepson returned with bowling figures of 4-0-25-1 in the second T20 international and backed it up with a match-winning 4-0-23-3. He took the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson, and Shreyas Iyer that pegged India back in the chase of 186.
Earlier, Matthew Wade once again starred with the bat with an excellent knock of 80 after hammering 58 in the second. Australia did suffer a period of a meltdown in the middle overs when Steve Smith found it hard to get going. However, Glenn Maxwell launched a timely onslaught and took advantage of the reprieves given by India on multiple occasions. Fifties from Maxwell and Wade formed the bedrock of the Australian innings.
You want to challenge yourself against the best: Mitchell Swepson
Mitchell Swepson, who earned the man of the match award, said that it felt delightful to get some wickets in the middle overs and pick up a consolation victory. The 27-year old hailed India as the best T20 side in the world, and relished the challenge of facing them and ultimately coming up good.
“It was obviously really nice to get some wickets through the middle there. It was nice to have an impact and a good way to finish on a win like that. You want to challenge yourself against the best and these guys have proven they are the best T20 side in the world at the moment. A great challenge and I loved every minute of it out there,” Swepson said in the post-match presentation.