3rd T20I (N), Sydney, Nov 25 2018, India tour of Australia
(19.4/20 ov, target 165)
India won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
INDIA Innings
Full commentary

That concludes this T20 series. India clearly the better side tonight and probably unlucky with the weather in Melbourne not to win the series 2-1. Now we move on to the Test matches. India play a tour game against the Cricket Australia XI starting on Wednesday at the SCG. The Australian Test squad with the exception of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will play in Shield matches starting on Monday and Tuesday. The first Test starts in Adelaide on December 6.

On behalf of Alagappan Muthu and all the team it's goodbye from the SCG.

10.30 pm Krunal Pandya is Man of the Match for his 4 for 36. "Obviously it feels really great to contribute in a winning side. I had to back myself after that first game. It feels good to overcome those type of hurdles."

"The best part of team India is they back all of the players whether you are doing well or poorly."

Shikhar Dhawan is Player of the Series. Two excellent innings in Brisbane and Sydney. He gets the crowd cheering. "I enjoy entertaining people and I enjoy playing entertaining cricket. Great to get such support from India supporters here. It's good that we could draw this series and ending on a winning note."

Aaron Finch: "I think they batted extremely well in the powerplay. We had a bit of a moment of madness when we lost a couple of wickets in our innings. I thought Zamps and Maxy bowled brilliantly." "I thought that the guys had a plan and unfortunately we didn't execute in the middle overs there. I think there's still a fair bit of work to do but there's positive signs. I'm feeling really good. Looking forward to getting up to Brisbane (for the Shield game)."

Virat Kohli: "Things become pretty easy when those two guys play like that at the top. I think DK showed great composure at the death along with me stringing a partnership to get us home. I think Maxy and Zampa bowled very well. I thought overall, skill wise we were better than Australia."

"I thought with the ball we were more professional today. I thought it was 180 type of wicket. Those 15 runs less were crucial. A level series is a great show of how the teams have played."

Bharath Seervi: Virat Kohli has remained not out 14 times when chasing in T20Is and India won the match every time.

Kaushik: "Kohli's innings reminded of his chase in the world T20 semis in Mohali. What a player! "

Maaren: "Not to forget Dk. He is slowly earning the name of a finisher.."

10.15 pm This chase was put to bed in the first five overs, with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan running amok. Australia couldn't hit a single six today, but those two were smoking every other ball out of the ground. But Mitchell Starc, playing his first T20I in two years - his first at home in four - got that first wicket with his searing pace. That strike helped his team-mates settle down and take the game deep. In the end though, as disciplined as Adam Zampa was, and as cleverly as Andrew Tye played, they couldn't get Virat Kohli out. And in a chase, that usually means one thing. India win.

Tye to Kohli, FOUR runs
swings it out to the vacant areas around midwicket and celebrates with arms aloft. India level the series
Tye to Kohli, FOUR runs
thumps it down the ground. It's a half-volley, in Kohli's swinging arc, and he hammers it away. He's pumped. He's punching the air. He's sensing the series going level
Tye to Kohli, no run
is that not a wide, asks Kohli, after he doesn't make contact with another short, slower ball outside off

India need five off five now

Tye to Kohli, no run
beats him with a slower ball that Kohli swings across the line and misses completely

India need five off six and Tye's going to have to work overtime to save Australia here

end of over 1911 runs
INDIA: 160/4CRR: 8.42 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 runs from 6b
Dinesh Karthik22 (18)
Virat Kohli53 (37)
Mitchell Starc4-0-26-1
Andrew Tye3-0-24-1

Anirudh: "Stop with this "filling in dhoni's shoes" crap... one plaher cannot be replaced by another...not sachin, not dhoni, not anyone... its replaced by the team collective... and that looks currently better than with dhoni in the squad...give the kids more than a few games to learn"

Starc to Karthik, 2 runs
walks across outside off and ends up too far away from the short ball outside leg. In the end, he just about gets to it with a pull through square leg
Starc to Kohli, 1 run
pulls the short ball from outside off to deep square leg
Starc to Karthik, 1 run
whip of the wrists sending the fuller delivery looking for the middle stump away through square leg
Starc to Karthik, FOUR runs
spears it to the point boundary! It's not quite the yorker Starc is looking for outside off. But it is exactly what DK is ready for. Stays balanced at the crease. And more importantly, low, as well and opens the face of the bat. Lovely stuff
Starc to Kohli, 1 leg bye
141 kph, tries to whip a back of a length ball angled into his thighs, but he's into the shot a tiny bit early and the ball lobs off his thigh
Starc to Kohli, 2 runs
hustles it away towards the deep midwicket boundary as Starc bowls a full one on off stump from round the wicket

Andrew McGlashan says the crowd is 37,339 strong at SCG. A record for a T20I at the ground. Meanwhile, India need 16 off 12

end of over 1811 runs
INDIA: 149/4CRR: 8.27 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 16 runs from 12b
Dinesh Karthik15 (15)
Virat Kohli50 (34)
Andrew Tye3-0-24-1
Glenn Maxwell4-0-25-1
Tye to Karthik, no run
appeal for a catch off the boot. But the umpire Abood says no. Decent ball though, tailing in late, cramping Kathik who was charging down the pitch again
Tye to Karthik, SIX runs
so much height on it! And it's on the second tier. Mistake from the bowler, going short, the ball sitting up to be pulled to oblivion
Tye to Kohli, 1 run
mis-hit behind square leg, but it brings up his fifty. The slower short ball has him playing a touch too early; reaching in front of him as he goes for the pull
Tye to Karthik, 1 run
comes down the pitch and drives the full delivery tailing into him to mid-off

Muhammed Riyas: "Before playing that shot, even before coming out to bat, Pant should have reminded, studied and said himself a thousand times that his responsibility is to wear the giant shoes of one of the greatest player ever witnessed in the game! It is absolute criminal to get out in such manners repeatedly."

Tye to Kohli, 1 run
gets up with the short ball outside off and swats it to deep point
Tye to Kohli, 2 runs
taps it into the vacant midwicket region, always looking for two, and getting it in the end
end of over 1713 runs
INDIA: 138/4CRR: 8.11 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 27 runs from 18b
Dinesh Karthik8 (12)
Virat Kohli46 (31)
Glenn Maxwell4-0-25-1
Andrew Tye2-0-13-1

India need 27 off 18. One over of Starc. One over of Tye. One over of Couler-NIle?

Maxwell to Karthik, 2 runs
goes for the reverse scoop, and though he only makes contact with the glove, it's enough to get a couple right over the keeper's head
Maxwell to Karthik, 2 runs
run-out chance at the non-strikers. Karthik nudges it to the right of Maxwell and thinks there's a straightforward single there. But Maxwell hares across, grabs it with his right hand, takes aim, but misses the target
Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run
works it through midwicket, along the ground this time
Maxwell to Kohli, SIX runs
launches it over deep midwicket! Spectacular hit, coming down the track, and even though he isn't to the pitch of the ball, he holds his balance and that's where he gets all that power from
Maxwell to Karthik, 1 run
sweeps the loopy delivery on off stump away to backward square leg on the boundary
Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run
full on middle, Kohli tucks it through midwicket

India need 40 off 24 and here's Maxwell. This could be big....

Dishant: "Dhoni's lack of runs probably has fasttracked Pant but he looks an unfinished product. His go to shot is a slog over midwicket with limited strike rotating ability. I believe DK can handle the gloves and India can get another bat in place of Pant. "

end of over 1612 runs
INDIA: 125/4CRR: 7.81 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 40 runs from 24b
Dinesh Karthik3 (9)
Virat Kohli38 (28)
Andrew Tye2-0-13-1
Adam Zampa4-1-22-1

Papa Smurf: "Go Tye. He should be chosen for tests. His form is incredible at the moment, and would win the series for Australia if chosen. Also, Maxi needs to be chosen, as well as Steve Smith being un-banned."

Tye to Karthik, no run
opens the face against a length ball on off stump, but he finds point