India has defeated Australia by seven wickets in the third and final Twenty20 match, clinching the series 3-0 on Sunday (31st January) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Electing to bat first, Australia made 197 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs. Shane Watson, captaining Australia, made a brilliant 124 of just 71 balls, almost single-handedly took the hosts to the mammoth total at the end of 20 overs. He was declared the man of the match for his century-run performance.
For India, there was a wicket each for Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh. Set a target of 198, India was simply superb. Rohit Sharma made 52 and Virat Kohli scored 50. Suresh Raina remained not out on 49 and won the match for India on the last ball of the match. Shikhar Dhawan made 26 and Yuvraj Singh scored an unbeaten 15. Yuvraj, who was initially struggling, hit a four in the first ball of the last over, followed by a massive six, thus suggesting that form is temporary, but the class is always permanent. India chased the target at the last ball of the match reaching 200 at the lost of just 3 wickets.
This was a superb end for India as after losing the first four ODI matches, they came back strongly on the tour. Virat Kohli was awarded as the man of the series for his all-round batting performance. “The sublime touch that he is in, Virat Kohli can bat even at midnight without switching on the lights and still score runs”, tweeted the legendary Sunil Gavaskar on the Virat performance.