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The Indian team lifts the T20I series trophy. The celebrations are on..... 17:40(IST) 17:38(IST)
Shane Watson is named the Man of the Match. 17:37(IST)
Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Series. 17:29(IST)
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Click the above link to watch the live streaming of post-match analysis with Ayaz Memon. 17:25(IST) 17:22(IST) 17:19(IST) That's it! India win by 7 wickets. With 2 needed off the last ball, Raina hits a four to win it for India.
Yuvraj flicks the first ball behind square leg for a four and then whips the next one for a six over deep mid-wicket. He then goes for a slog sweep but misses and they run through for a wide it was very close to a wide. Raine then takes a couple of twos to bring it down to 2 needed off the last ball. Raina then slashes the last ball over point for a boundary to hit the winning runs. What a finish! What a gem of an innings by Raina, 49 not out off 25 balls.
Yuvraj lifts Raina on the shoulders. The entire Indian squad rushes onto the field. Wonderful scenes. 17:12(IST) After 19 overs, India 181/3 (Raina 41, Yuvraj 5)
Brilliant over from Watson. He kept is really full. Just 5 off it. India need 17 off the last over.
17:08(IST) 17:08(IST) 17:07(IST) After 18 overs, India 176/3 (Raina 40, Yuvraj 1)
Raina is playing a gem here. After a couple of twos. He goes for a slash but gets an outside edge wide of the diving keeper for a boundary. He then shuffles and paddles the last one through fine leg for consecutive fours. 12 runs off the over. 22 needed off 12 balls.
17:02(IST) 17:02(IST) 17:01(IST) After 17 overs, India 164/3 (Raina 28, Yuvraj 1)
9 runs off the Watson, still a decent one given the circumstances. Raina paddled one behind square leg for a four to start the over but then Watson hit back to concede just five off the next five balls. Yuvraj is struggling with 1 from 4 balls. He needs to get going. 34 needed off 18 now.
16:58(IST) 16:56(IST) After 16 overs, India 156/3 (Raina 22, Yuvraj 0)
Raina has started off really well and he needs to make full use of the lifeline provided to him after his stumpng was missed early on. He flicks one to fine leg for a boundary and then steers one to backward point for a couple. Tye hits back with a brilliant slower bouncer to end the over. 9 runs off the over. 42 needed off 24 balls.
16:52(IST) 16:51(IST) After 15 overs, India 147/3 (Raina 13, Yuvraj 0)
8 runs and a wicket off the over. A fantastic spell ends. Boyce finishes with 4-0-28-2. Best bowler so far for Australia. India need 51 off 30 balls.
16:50(IST) OUT! Kohli gets to his fifty but then drags one onto the stumps next ball. A huge wicket for Australia. V Kohli b Boyce 50 (36b 2x4 1x6)
Kohli drives one through covers for a couple and gets to his fifty but then departs the next ball as he chips down the track and looks to drive but gets an bottom edge onto his shoes and then onto the stumps.
Yuvraj Singh finally gets to bat in this series as he walks out to the middle.
16:46(IST) 16:46(IST) After 14 overs, India 139/2 (Kohli 40, Raina 13)
Another good over for India. Clever cricket, five singles and a four which Raina flicks to fine leg. 59 needed off 36 now.
16:44(IST) After 13 overs, India 130/2 (Kohli 40, Raina 6)
A very good over from Boyce. He could have had two wickets in that over but for a stumping missed by ancroft. Boyce removed Rohit and then Raina charged down the track but it spins back in to beat his inside edge, Bancroft fumbles and allows Raina to get back in. Raina then adds insult to injury as he hits the next one over deep mid-wicket for a six. 8 runs and a wicket off the over.
16:40(IST) OUT! Boyce strikes. It's a big wicket of Rohit.
Full on middle and off, it's flighted. Rohit stays in his crease and flicks it straight to mid-wicket. A very good innings ends. Boyce has bowled really well so far.
Suresh Raina is the new batsman.
16:36(IST) 16:35(IST) After 12 overs, India 122/1 (Rohit 51, Kohli 39)
Another fifty for Rohit and now they are motoring on. He heaves a slower delivery through mid-wicket for a boundary. Four singles and a couple make it 10 runs off the over. 76 needed off 48 balls now.
FIFTY for Rohit! He gets it off 35 balls. Five fours and one six so far. He's been in imperious form. 16:32(IST) After 10 overs, India 112/1 (Rohit 45, Kohli 35)
Finally a boundary for India as Rohit hammers a full toss into the second tier over deep mid-wicket. Four more singles make it 10 runs off the over.
Glenn Maxwell into the attack now.
16:27(IST) After 10 overs, India 102/1 (Rohit 37, Kohli 33)
A decent over by Tait by his standards. Just six runs off it. Australia have done well to pull it back in the last couple of overs, just 11 runs.
16:24(IST) 16:23(IST) 16:23(IST) After 9 overs, India 91/1 (Rohit 35, Kohli 29)
An excellent over from Boyce. Just five runs off it. The 50-stand comes up off 36 balls. 102 needed off 11 overs.
16:19(IST) After 8 overs, India 91/1 (Rohit 32, Kohli 27)
Really smart cricket from India. Rohit gets a four first ball as he cuts a wide one through point for a boundary. They batsmen then rely on placement for easy singles and a quick couple to make it 10 runs off the over.
16:16(IST) 16:15(IST) After 7 overs, India 81/1 (Rohit 26, Kohli 23)
Australian haven't been very pro active in the field and a misfield in that over helped India gain extra two runs. Still, a very good over from Boyce. He flighted them very well.
Leg-spinner Camerson Boyce into the attack now.
16:12(IST) After 6 overs, India 74/1 (Rohit 24, Kohli 18)
Kohli is looking ominous. He flicks one through mid-wicket for a couple and then smashes the next one charging down the track over wide long on for a six. A couple of twos off the last two balls make it 12 runs off the over. The required rate has come below 9 now.
Andrew Tye into the attack now..
16:09(IST) After 5 overs, India 62/1 (Rohit 24, Kohli 6)
50 up for India. Kohli starts off the over as he charges and thumps one wide of mid off. Boland misses his lines from there on and bowls a couple of wide down the leg side, gets away with one as it flicks Rohit's legs. Rohit then ends the over in style as he lofts it over mid off for a boundary. 13 runs off the over.
Change of ends for Boland.
16:02(IST) After 4 overs, India 49/1 (Rohit 18, Kohli 1)
A good over from Watson, he mixed his lengths really well and got the wicket of Dhawan in that over. 7 runs and a wicket off it.
16:00(IST) OUT! Watson gets the much-needed breakthrough. S Dhawan c Bancroft b Watson 26 (9b 4x4 1x6)
Dhawan tries to use his feet but Watson bowls a good length delivery just outside off, Dhawan is cramped for room and he looks to cut but gets an outside edge to the keeper.
Virat Kohli is the new batsman.
Shane Watson brings himself on...
15:59(IST) After 3 overs, India 42/0 (Rohit 16, Dhawan 22)
Tait still not getting his lines and lengths right. Too wayward. A couple of wides and then he overpitches one which is flicked by Rohit through mid-wicket for three. Tait again overpitches one and Dhawan hammers it over mid off for a boundary before heaving it over deep mid-wicket for a six. The next ball is short and Dhawan cracks it over point. He ends the over with drive through covers for 3. 2,wd,3 wd,4,6,4,2 off Tait. 24 runs off the Tait over.
15:50(IST) After 2 over, India 18/0 (Rohit 11, Dhawan 5)
India have come out with an aggressive intent. Dhawan gets off the mark with a boundary as he cuts one through point for four. Rohit then backs away and lofts one over covers for the second boundary of the over. He then heaves one to deep square leg for a couple to end the over. 11 runs off the over.
Scott Boland will bowl from the other end.
15:43(IST) After 1 over, India 7/0 (Rohit 5, Dhawan 0)
Rohit as started off well, after digging out a couple of yorkers first up, he crunches an overpitched delivery through covers for a four. He then drives one straight back but unluckily for him, it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. Tait didn't get the control and sprayed a couple down the leg side for wides.
Back after the break - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the openers. Tait will start off proceedings.
15:34(IST) 15:23(IST) 15:22(IST) Australi post 197/5
Watson remains not out on 124. Bumrah got the wicket of Lynn in that over after the latter had hit him for a four over deep mid-wicket. A couple of twos off the last two balls made it 10 runs off the last two overs. The spinners were expensive as Ashwin went for 36 in his four overs, while Jadeja went for 41 runs. Watson got a couple of lifelines and he made the most of it with a brilliant innings.
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Bumrah will bowl the final over.
15:15(IST) After 19 overs, Australia 187/4 (Watson 119, Lynn 9)
Watson is going on and on, lofts one over long on for a 6 off Nehra. He moves on to 119 off 68. Nehra hits back to concede just 3 singles off the last three balls. 11 runs off the over.
15:11(IST) 15:11(IST) 15:11(IST) After 18 overs, Australia 176/4 (Watson 111, Lynn 6)
Bumrah misses his line off just one ball in that over and gets punished as Lynn trickles it to fine leg for a boundary. Four more singles make it 8 runs off the over.
15:10(IST) After 17 overs, Australia 168/4 (Watson 109, Lynn 0)
A mixed over for India. Watson started off well with a huge six over deep mid-wicket off a full toss and then a pull through deep square leg for a four to get to his ton. He then lofts the next one over long off for a six. jadeja fights back with the wicket of head off the last ball. 19 runs and the wicket of Head in that over.
15:08(IST) 15:07(IST) OUT! Jadeja has something to smile about in that over! T Head b Jadeja 26 (19b 1x4 1x6)
It's very full and fast on off, Head looks to heave across the line but gets a bottom edge onto the stumps.
Chris Lynn is the new batsman.
CENTURY! Watson gets to his ton with a 6 & 4. 100 off just 60 balls. Brilliant innings. 10 fours and four sixes in his innings so far. 15:04(IST) After 16 overs, Australia 149/3 (Watson 90, Head 26)
Watson is playing a crucial innings here. He lofts one off Ashwin over long on for a six. Three more singles make it 9 runs off the over.
15:01(IST) 14:59(IST) After 15 overs, Australia 140/3 (Watson 82, Head 25)
Watson gets another lifeline. Pandya misfields it on the cover fence but recovers well, they go for a risky second run, Pandya misses his direct hit by a whisker, Dhoni fails to collect it and Watson makes it back in. Pandya then makes amends as Head plays a slog sweep, Pandya leaps in the air at deep mid-wicket, catches it, loses his balance and then throws it in basketball style. Saves four runs. Excellent stuff. In betwen Watson hammers a full toss over deep mid-wicket for a six. 13 runs off the over.
Jadeja back into the attack...
14:54(IST) After 14 overs, Australia 127/3 (Watson 72, Head 22)
The 50-run stand comes up between Watson and Head. Ashwin was too legsidish or too widish outside off but luckily, he didn't get punished. 9 runs off the over. India have ben really wayward so far, four wides and two no balls in the innings.
Ashwin back into the attack.
14:50(IST) After 13 overs, Australia 118/3 (Watson 68, Head 18)
Watson gets a lifeline in that over. He lofts one over covers, doesn't time it well and Kohli charges forward but puts in a dive which is not required and spills it. Watson adds insult to injury as he hammers the next one over covers for four and then whips a full toss through square leg for another. Pandya didn't get his lines right and bowled a couple of wides in that over. 15 runs off the Pandya over.
14:44(IST) After 12 overs, Australia 103/3 (Watson 56, Head 17)
A good over for Australia. Head slowly getting into the groove. He slog sweeps one over deep square leg for a six off Yuvraj and then drags one from outside off and smashes it over mid-wicket for four. Two singles and a couple make it 14 runs off the over. There was a run out appeal against Watson in that over but replays showed, he had made it comfortably.
14:40(IST) After 11 overs, Australia 89/3 (Watson 53, Head 6)
Hardik not getting his lines right. He sprayed it too wide and Watson punished him by cracking a four through point to bring up his fifty. A wide and four more singles make it 9 runs off the over.
FIFTY for Watson. He crashes one through point for 4 to bring up half-century off 37 balls. Seven fours and one six in his innings so far. He's played really well so far. 14:36(IST)
Hardik Pandy into the attack now.
14:35(IST) 14:35(IST) After 10 overs, Australia 80/3 (Watson 47, Head 4)
An excellent over from Yuvraj. Just five runs and a wicket off it. Whenwver Dhoni has turned to Yuvraj, he's given him a wicket to start off.
14:33(IST) OUT! Yuvraj strikes first ball and it's the big wicket of Maxwell. G Maxwell c Raina b Yuvraj Singh 3 (5b 0x4 0x6)
It's full on off, Maxwell stays in his crease and looks to go over extra cover but doesn't get the elecation and hits it straight to extra cover where Raina takes a good reflex catch.
Travis Head is the new batsman.
14:31(IST) After 9 overs, Australia 75/2 (Watson 46, Maxwell 3)
Finally, a tight over for India. Jadeja concedes just 3 runs. He's darting them in pretty quick.
14:29(IST) After 8 overs, Australia 72/2 (Watson 45, Maxwell 1)
A successful over for India but Australia haven't allowed the run rate to dip. 9 runs and the wicket of Shaun Marsh in that Ashwin over.
14:26(IST) OUT! Ashwin removes Shaun Marsh! S Marsh b Ashwin 9 (12b 1x4 0x6)
It's a very full delivery on off, Marsh gets down for a slog sweep but misses it completely as it goes straight on. Finds his stumps rattled.
Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman.
14:24(IST) After 7 overs, Australia 63/1 (Watson 42, S Marsh 4)
Watson ends the over well. Both the batsmen were struggling with Jadeja's good variations in pace and had garnered just 2 runs from first five balls but Watson gave himself room off the last ball and cracked it over extra cover for a boundary. 6 runs off the over.
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now.
14:20(IST) After 6 overs, Australia 57/1 (Watson 37, S Marsh 3)
50 up for Australia in the 6th over. Watson looking ominous as he lofts one over mid off for 4 off Ashwin. He then cuts one late wide of the backward point fielder for three. Earlier in the over, he had flicked one to deep mid-wicket for a quick couple. 9 runs off the over.
Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now.
14:15(IST) After 5 overs, Australia 48/1 (Watson 28, S Marsh 3)
Watson is looking in good touch, he lofts a slower one from Nehra over extra cover for four and then guides the next one between short third man and backward point for consecutive fours. He then went for a risky single to mid on and survived a run out chance as Dhawan missed a direct hit at the non-striker' end. Had that hit, Watson was a goner. Marsh then flicks one behind square leg for a couple to make it 11 runs from the over. Australia have kept the momentum going despite the early loss of Khawaja.
14:12(IST) 14:11(IST) After 4 overs, Australia 37/1 (Watson 19, S Marsh 1)
A wayward and indisciplined over from Bumrah. He was a touch wide and bowled a couple of no balls. Watson hammered the first Free Hit through covers for a four, Bumrah had overstepped off that ball too and Watson smoked the next Free Hit through cover-point for consecutive fours. 13 runs off the over.
14:06(IST) After 3 overs, Australia 24/1 (Watson 9, S Marsh 1)
A successful over for India. Nehra got the wicket of Khawaja but Watson who was slow to start off hammered one over deep mid-wicket for a six off the penultimate ball. 9 runs off the over.
14:04(IST) 14:03(IST) OUT! Nehra strikes early. Khawaja departs. UT Khawaja c Dhoni b Nehra 14 (6b 2x4 0x6)
Length delivery just outside off, nips away a touch. Khawaja pushes at it and gets an outside edge. Dhoni dives and takes a good low catch. Might turn out to be a huge wicket considering Khawaja's fabulous form of late.
Shaun Marsh is the new batsman.
14:00(IST) After 2 over, Australia 15/0 (Khawaja 14, Watson 1)
Khawaja is off to a flier. He drives one through extra cover for three, then hammers a pull through square leg for a boundary and then whips one through the same region, Ashwin saves a run with a brilliant dive. 14 runs off the over.
Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.
13:55(IST) After 1 over, Australia 1/0 (Khawaja 1, Watson 0)
A decent first over from Nehra. Khawaja straightaway got off the mark with a single wide of third man. Nehra then beat Watson on the cut. He concentrated on bowling a full length in that over and didn't get much swing. Just one run off the over.
Khawaja strides out to the middle along with Shane Watson. Khawaja has been in scintillating form of late, he amassed 345 runs at an average of 211 and strike rate of 172 in the recently concluded Big Bash League.
13:40(IST) Preview: India will aim to complete a clean sweep and conclude their Australia tour on a positive note by winning the third Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Sunday.
India have already clinched the three-match series, having won the first two matches in Adelaide and Melbourne by 37 and 27 runs respectively. A win on Sunday will help the visitors get over the 1-4 thrashing in the One-Day International (ODI) series.
The Indians will once again depend on a strong batting line-up which has done well in the previous two matches. Rohit Sharma has taken his superb form from the ODI series into the 20-over format while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has found his touch after struggling with his form since the Test and one-day series against South Africa at home.
File picture of Virat Kohli. AP
Virat Kohli has been excellent at the number three position, scoring a whirlwind half-century in the second T20I and will be hoping to carry on in the same vein in the third match as well.
Yuvraj Singh is yet to get a game in this series and the talented left-hander will be eager to get a chance to get into the groove as the Indians gear up for the World T20 tournament which they host in March-April this year.
Some of the Indian youngsters have done well with medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah being the find of the tour. The 22-year-old from Ahmedabad had a sensational debut, producing figures of 3/23 to be the most successful bowler in the first T20I at Adelaide. He followed it up with another couple of wickets in the third game at Melbourne and is currently the highest wicket-taking bowler in the series.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has also put in an excellent performance, playing a crucial role in the win at Melbourne by capturing the wickets of Shane Watson and James Faulkner and taking care of the dangerous Aaron Finch with a nice bit of fielding.
The Australians on the other hand, will aim to salvage some pride by staving off a complete Indian sweep. They will miss their in-form captain Finch who is down with an injury to his left hamstring. They will be led by experienced all-rounder Shane Watson.
The 34-year-old Watson is Australia's leading wicket-taker in T20Is with 41 victims and his tally of 1,191 runs is second only to hard-hitting opener David Warner's haul of 1,465.
The hosts will continue to miss the services of their head coach Darren Lehmann, who has been sidelined since being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis on January 23. The former left-handed batsman missed the fifth and final ODI with India as well as the whole of the T20I series. Michael di Venuto will continue to serve as his replacement.
A win in the third T20I will also boost the Australians' morale ahead of the upcoming tour of New Zealand where they will play three ODIs and two Test matches.
But the hosts will field a weakened line-up for Sunday's game as they have sent several players to New Zealand to prepare for the ODI series that starts there on Wednesday. That means they will miss the likes of Steven Smith, John Hastings, Kane Richardson and Matthew Wade.
There are concerns over the form of some of the available players as well. Top order batsman Chris Lynn has struggled against spin, while off-spinner Nathan Lyon had a forgettable T20I debut at Melbourne, conceding 15 runs in the only over he bowled. Fast bowler Shaun Tait also endured an unhappy comeback, giving away 45 runs in four wicketless overs in the first match -- his least economical T20I till date.