Virat Kohli hit welcome form with a 63 from 48 balls (3×4, 4×6) and although he fell with just five needed from five balls, the Delhi hitter had secured a win. Hardik Pandya went undefeated on the 25th as the Indians responded with 187 for four with one ball to spare. In the end, the difference between the teams was the regular sight of Indian batters in the middle overs.
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But the victory was really put together by a Mumbaikar for whom the sky is no limit. Suryakumar Yadav stole the show for the Aussies. Going to bat with India, chasing a delicate 188, delicately placed at 30 for two, Suryakumar and Virat Kohli chained a winning partnership of 104 runs from 62 balls for the third wicket.
The Indians didn’t get the start they wanted as KL Rahul (1) and skipper Rohit Sharma (17) went down with just 30 on the board. But Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav rose to the challenge by slowly returning to the heats. Kohli made most of the score at the start before Suryakumar joined the party.
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The Australians, who until then had looked on top, began to wilt under the pressure. After 10 overs, the Indians were 91 for two – five runs ahead of the Australians at this stage of their innings.
Once Suryakumar warmed up, Kohli played second fiddle allowing his younger brother to face the Australian attack. The Indians opened up after the seventh inning as the races followed each other steadily. Suryakumar ran to his half-century with 29 balls with four fours and three sixes. When he left in the 14th, he himself had shot 69 on 36 with five fours and an equal number over the fence. Kohli then finished his half-century with 37 balls with three fours and three sixes.
Earlier, the Aussies got off to a flying start with cameron green hitting a swashbuckling 21-ball 52 with seven fours and three sixes as the visitors had 66 on the power play. After he left, the Australians wandered off as the Indians recovered. From a solid 62 for two, the visitors collapsed to 84 for four in the 10th. At the halfway mark they were 86 – adding just 24 in the final six overs.
Glenn Maxwell (6) didn’t last long as he was chased by Axar Patel trying to steal a second. Steve Smith (8) also didn’t contribute much as he was puzzled by Dinesh Karthik off Yuzvendra Chahal.
Josh Inglis (24) and Tim David repaired the damage with a 31-run stand for the fifth wicket before Patel struck twice in his final over to put the Indians back on top. It was left to David and Daniel Sams to bring the visitors to a respectable total. David ran to a 54 from 27 with two fours and four sixes, while Sams went undefeated on 28 from 20.
India’s death woes continued as Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded 21 in 18th, Jasprit Bumrah 18. Without Harshal Patel’s stingier last in which he gave up just seven runs, the Australians would have more on the tray.