India vs Australia 2020-21: Virat Kohli and co's record run comes to an end as Aussies win 3rd T20I
First Published Dec 8, 2020, 6:15 PM IST
Australia have lost the series 1-2, while the win in the third T20I allows them to keep the second spot in ICC Rankings. Meanwhile, the loss for India ends their longest winning streak and unbeaten run, while it was also their maiden T20I loss at the SCG.
Visitors India could not deliver a subtle reply to Australia's ruthless bowling, as they lost the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Tuesday. With this loss, India failed to rise to the second spot in the ICC T20I Rankings.
The win was nothing more than a consolation for Australia, having already lost the series 1-2, as they did maintain their second spot in the rankings. At the same time, it was also India's first-ever T20I loss at the venue, as we take a look at the records scripted in this enthralling tie.
Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma: Skipper Kohli played a brave knock of 85 off 61 deliveries, as it happened to be his 25th half-century in the format. In the process, he equalled Rohit Sharma's record of scoring the most 50-plus scores in the format. Meanwhile, Kohli has done so the fastest, in 85 innings, compared to Rohit's 100 innings.
Kohli scripts rare feat in Australia: India had already won the T20I series on Sunday. Meanwhile, Kohli has scripted a unique captaincy record, as he becomes only the second skipper to win series in Australia across formats, after South Africa's Faf du Plessis.
First defeat in a long time: Phew! Yes, India are losing their first T20I in almost 12 games, since 2019. Also, it happened to be their first away loss in 11 games. While India would undoubtedly be heartbroken by this, they have nothing to be ashamed of, but only to be proud of themselves.
Match summary: Winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to field first, as the tracked looked no different from the last game. Meanwhile, the Australians were off to a strong start, as it was opener Wade's prolific knock of 80, along with Glenn Maxwell's 54, that helped them post a challenging total of 186/5. In reply, the Indians were going right, but the Australian bowlers continued to get the needed breakthrough, to pile pressure on the visitors. It was Kohli, who managed to play a brave knock of 85, but was not enough, as Mitchell Swepson's 3/23 made them fall short by 12 runs.