Virat Kohli’s brilliant knock of 85 went in vain, as Australia defeated India by 12 runs in the third and the final T20 international at Sydney on Tuesday.
Aaron Finch after missing the second T-20 was back in the side in place of the injured Marcus Stoinis, while India went in with an unchanged XI.
After being sent in by Indian skipper, Australia lost Finch cheaply to Washington Sundar in the second over.
The pair of Matthew Wade and Steve Smith stitched together a solid 65 run stand for the second wicket, before the latter became Sundar’s second victim.
Wade and Maxwell were involved in a brilliant stand of 90 for the third wicket. Both the players had their fair share of luck.
Wade got a reprieve when India were late to review a leg before decision that was originally given not out by the umpire.
Replay suggested that the ball from T.Natarajan was hitting the stumps but 15 seconds were already passed by the time Kohli opted for a review.e.
Maxwell was even luckier- He top-edged a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery on 19, but replays showed the leggie had over-stepped. He was also dropped by Deepak Chahar on 38.
The Australian all rounder reached his half century off 31 balls before eventually falling to Natarajan, clean bowled off a full toss, while attempting a switch hit.
The home side ended up with a competitive 186/5 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Washington Sundar was India’s best bowler with figures of 2/34.
Chasing 187, India started poorly as they lost KL Rahul to Maxwell in the first over.
Kohli was given two lives early in his innings- one by Steve Smith at deep midwicket and the other by Andrew Tye off his own bowling.
Dhawan along with Indian skipper added 74 runs for the second wicket, before the former was caught at deep midwicket by Daniel Sams off Swepson for 28.
Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer both fell to leg spinner Swepson, leaving India in a spot of bother at 100/4.
Hardik Pandya scored a breezy 20, before he miscued a shot off Adam Zampa in the 18th over.
With 36 required off 12 balls, Kohli fell to a brilliant diving catch at backward point by Sams off Tye for a well made 85. His knock came off 61 balls with 4 fours and three sixes. With his wicket also ended India’s hopes of an victory.
They eventually finished at 174 for 7 after 20 overs.
Mitchell Swepson was declared the Man of the Match, while Hardik Pandya was declared the Player of the series.
The two teams will now face off in four Test series, where the first day and night test will be played at Adelaide on December 17.