India rode on Hardik Pandya’s pyrotechnics to seal the three-match T20I series as the Men in Blue registered a comprehensive six-wicket victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday.
After India’s new blue-eyed boy T Natarajan showed nerves of steel to restrict the Australian cricket team to 195 with his brilliant death bowling, the hosts were never in control of the game while fielding.
After Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli provided a solid start to the Indian cricket team while chasing the steep target, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya showed maturity to take the match home with two balls to spare.
Shikhar Dhawan climbing the peak
The victory not only extended India’s envious winning streak in T20Is to 10 games but also saw some individual milestones being achieved in the process. And leading that list is Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan.
The southpaw’s 52 runs off 36 balls on Sunday took him to the top of the list of the most run scored by a left-handed Indian batsman in T20Is. He is followed by Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and Gautam Gambhir.
Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni's record
After an underwhelming cameo in the first T20I, Indian skipper Virat Kohli led India’s batting charge as his chasing DNA was very much evident. The skipper’s 24-balls-40 had two boundaries and two big hits as Kohli ran his way to build the perfect foundation for Hardik Pandya to accelerate.
In doing this, Kohli has broken his predecessor and mentor MS Dhoni and compatriot Rohit Sharma's record as the captain with highest number of consecutive T20I wins (8).
|MS Dhoni||7||28 December 2012||4 April 2014|
|MS Dhoni||7||12 February 2016||6 March 2016|
|Rohit Sharma||7||8 March 2018||11 November 2018|
|Virat Kohli||8*||7 January 2020||6 Decemner 2020|
Hardik Pandya enters elite club
Taking on the Aussies is never an easy task and very few batsmen in the world have executed it with aplomb. India’s swashbuckling batsman, Hardik Pandya is one of them.
The batting all-rounder hit three boundaries and two sixes to help India win the match as his knock of 42 from 22 balls saw him entering an elite club of world-class batsmen, who boasts of some mindboggling strike rates against the mighty Australians.
|Yuvraj Singh (IND)||77*||220.00||Rajkot||10 October 2013|
|Kieron Pollard (WI)||54*||207.69||Gros Islet||27 March 2012|
|Hardik Pandya (IND)||42*||190.00||Sydney||6 December 2020|
|Joe Root (ENG)||90*||183.67||Southampton||29 August 2013|
|Danushka Gunaratne (SL)||84*||182.60||Geelong||19 February 2017|
Matthew Wade's unwanted record
Matthew Wade’s opening knock was the only welcoming thing from Australia’s forgettable evening on Sunday as the new skipper smashed most of the balls out of the park.
While his blistering knock of 58 from 32 balls helped him become the fourth Australian player to score a fifty on his T20I captaincy debut, the eventual defeat meant Wade was also the fourth Australian skipper to lose in his T20I debut. He is preceded by Cameron White, Steven Smith and Shane Watson.
|Cameron White||England||Loss||Adelaide||12 January 2011|
|Steven Smith||England||Loss||Cardiff||31 August 2015|
|Shane Watson||India||Loss||Sydney||31 January 2016|
|Matthew Wade||India||Loss||Sydney||6 December 2020|