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Kohli guides tourists to victory as series ends 1-1!


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TODAY’S LINE-UP from 6pm AEDT: David Morrow, Glenn McGrath, Ian Chappell and Alex Blackwell



India have won the third and final T20 international against Australia in a thrilling contest at the SCG. Virat Kohli steered the tourists home with a composed and destructive 61 that included four 4s and two 6s.

It came down to the last over where India needed 5 off the 6 balls with AJ Tye bowling the last over. Kohli never looked troubled throughout his innings as Australia just had no answers for the Indian superstar.

Australia got themselves back in the game after a blistering start from Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma with Mitchell Starc (1-26) and Adam Zampa (1-22) dismissing the pair. Sharma made 23 and Dhawan a quickfire 41 with KL Rahul making 14. Rishbah Pant came and went for a golden duck while some late order hitting from Dinesh Karthik helped the Indians chase down 164 from Australia.

The series ends 1-1 with focus now shifting to the longest form of the game. The Test series starts on December 6 in Adelaide with games in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to follow.





Australia have produced a decent score over 150 thanks to some late hitting from Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Australian great Ian Chappell believes that 160 is just a minimum on this SCG pitch.

“You are gonna need every bit of 160 on this outfield, I think that is a par score.”

D’Arcy Short was Australia’s top scorer, producing a quickfire 33 from 29 balls, while Aaron Finch made 28 from 23 balls while Alex Carey was able to put together 27 from 19 balls.

India have the firepower to chase this score down…we have a good game on our hands here.



Australia has lost D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott in quick succession they were judged LBW in successive balls to get Australia from 1-73 to 3-73. Maxwell was initially struck on the pad and given out of Pandya before reviewing and the replays showing the ball was missing.

Next ball Short was given out LBW and reviewed it, but replays showed the ball hitting middle stump. The newly promoted Ben McDermott came and went, trying to sweep across the line, out for a first ball duck. It was utter carnage for the Aussies who have Chris Lynn still sitting in the sheds opting not to bring him in against the Indian spinners.




Australia has won the toss and will Bat first at the SCG – Indian Captain Virat Kohli says he would have bowled first anyway so he wasn’t unhappy.

Australia has made one change, Mitchell Starc will come into the side replacing Jason Behrendorff.

Australia XI: Short, Finch (c), Lynn, Maxwell, Stoinis, McDermott, Carey, Coulter-Nile, Starc, Tye, Zampa

India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmeed, Jasprit Bumrah.



We have our first look at the pitch at the SCG…Looks a belter! Should be a lively encounter tonight!




The T20 series heads to Sydney tonight with the third and final t20 international between Australia and India. The second match was abandoned due to rain in Melbourne with Australia leading the series 1-0 and India only able to tie the series instead of winning it.

Australia will hope to put together a stronger batting performance than we saw in Melbourne after skipper Aaron Finch threw his wicket away first ball chasing a wide one. India’s bowlers dominated the Australians who limped to 8/132 before rain stopped play in the 19th over of the match.

India will come out firing at the SCG with Virat Kohli set to unleash on the shorter SCG boundaries. Australia’s side will be interesting, with Billy Stanlake injuring his ankle in the warm up in Melbourne, he won’t play and Mitchell Starc will come in to the side for the first time this series. Could Australia play a second spinner, with Ashton Agar in the side, and can provide some batting depth also.

The weather is fine in Sydney with a forecast of 24 degrees and partly cloudy, we will likely get a full 40 overs of play tonight.