Virat Kohli in action© AFP
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav batted beautifully in India’s 187 chase in the third T20I against Australia in Hyderabad on Sunday. Even after the latter fell to a destructive 69, Kohli smashed a pristine six from Pat Cummins and it looked like he and Hardik Pandya would take India home in comfort. However, Australia applied the pressure and the match progressed to the final with India needing 11 of the last six balls. Kohli hit a six off the first delivery of the 20th to take the pressure off, but fell the next delivery. However, Hardik made sure that India won the match with one ball left.
After the match, Kohli admitted that the match only went so deep because he was unable to make contact with a few shots after Suryakumar’s dismissal and said the match shouldn’t have lasted that long.
“You were talking about the last over. It was kind of that situation because I couldn’t connect a few before. The game shouldn’t have lasted that long and we should have probably chased 4 or 5 in the last over and not 11 Kohli said.
“So it was important to keep my cool and get at least one boundary for the team and I was able to do that and I’m grateful for that,” he added.
Kohli finished with 63 out of 48 deliveries, his 33rd half century in T20Is.
After winning the series 2-1 against Australia, India will now prepare to host South Africa for three T20Is, which will be their last assignment in the format before the 2022 T20 World Championship, which kicks off next month.
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