India now have just one more T20I series against South Africa before they go to Australia for the T20 World Cup. And they have finally returned to winning ways after defeating Australia by 6 wickets in Hyderabad on Sunday (September 25) to clinch the three-match T20I series 2-1.
Inconsistency of the pace attack still remains a big worry for India, but Axar Patel's good run and top batsmen returning to form have been some big positives for the team.
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Tim David and Cameroon Green's quick fifties had helped Australia score 186/7 in 20 overs despite losing wickets in the middle overs. But Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav's 104-run stand for the third wicket off just 62 balls helped India win the decider in the last over.
We take a look at key points of the match:
Tim David's top knock: Australia were in trouble after losing wickets in quick succession in the middle overs. But Tim David and Daniel Sams' 68-run stand for the seventh wicket off only 34 balls put Australia on top.
David scored 54 off just 27 balls with two 4s and four 6s. He slammed two consecutive sixes and a four off Bhuvneshwar in the 18th over. David reached his maiden fifty for Australia with a six off Harshal Patel in the final over.
Cameroon Green's all-round performance: Cameroon Green once again was the key player for Australia. And this time he contributed with the ball also. Green gave Australia a flying start as he was trying to hit almost every ball out of the park.
After hitting a six and a boundary in the first over, Green hit a four and two sixes in the third over. He scored 52 off just 21 balls with seven 4s and three 6s. Green bowled brilliantly and gave just 14 runs in his 3 overs.
Axar Patel's consistency: Axar Patel once again was the top wicket-taker for India with three dismissals. The spinner from Gujarat has been in a great form and on Sunday also he was the key player in India's win. In his quota of 4 overs, Patel picked up 3 wickets and gave away 33 runs.
He also executed a brilliant run out with a direct hit from the boundary to get rid off Glenn Maxwell. He was also given the player of the tournament award for taking 8 wickets in three matches.
Pace attack still a concern for India: India may have won the match and the series against Australia, but their pace bowling attack still looks very ordinary. On Sunday also, the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and even Jasprit Bumrah were hit all around the ground by Aussie batsmen.
While Bhuvneshwar's bowling was already a concern, India's top bowler Bumrah gave away 50 runs in 4 overs without taking any wicket. Bhuvneshwar gave away 39 runs in 3 overs with one wicket while Harshal Patel was hit for 18 runs in 2 overs.
Sensational Suryakumar: Suryakumar Yadav has been the top T20I batsmen this year in the world and seems like he is enjoying batting at number 4. Yadav scored 69 off just 36 balls with five 4s and five 6s and shared a 104-run partnership with Kohli.
He looked in complete control and was hitting shots at will and didn't let the pressure of run rate bother Kohli. He hit a six off Adam Zampa to get to a 29-ball fifty in style and then followed it up with another huge hit.
Solid Virat Kohli: While Suryakumar Yadav was hitting the big shots, Kohli made sure he held one end. His solid 63-run knock off 48 balls put India in control. Kohli hit three boundaries and four 6s and his partnership with Yadav put India in the driver's seat.
He brought his first fifty of the series in 36 balls, and when India needed 11 runs in the last over, he hit Daniel Sams for a big six of the first ball before getting caught at the covers. Kohli getting back to form has been one of the key achievements for India in the last two T20I series.