Chasing a tricky 187 in the series decider, India needed 11 runs from the last 6 balls and crossed the finish line with one ball to spare.
As soon as Hardik Pandya crossed a ridged boundary with Daniel Sams to bring India home, wild celebrations broke out around Hyderabad Stadium and in the Indian dressing room as well.
Skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli sat on the locker room stairs watching the end of the game. Virat still had his pads. With the equation boiling down to 4 needed on the last 2 balls, it became a biting finish. As soon as Hardik stretched to connect his bat with a wide delivery from Sams that beat the keeper and slid to the boundary first, Virat and Rohit cheered and hugged. Harshal Patel, also with his pads, was seen sitting behind them.
Unsurprisingly, videos of Virat and Rohit celebrating have gone viral on social media.
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— Suzan Pathak (@PathakSuzan18) 1664127685000
In the chase, Virat played a smooth 48-for-63 shot which was instrumental in India’s victory in the game and the series. Virat’s 104-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav, where the former India captain switched between aggressor and anchor and then back to aggressor, ultimately played the biggest role in the win for India. Suryakumar was voted man of the match.
Returning to the pavilion, Virat was greeted with applause from the fans, a standing ovation from his teammates in the India dugout and a warm pat on the back from captain Rohit Sharma.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) 1664126239000
Suryakumar Yadav was named player of the game for scoring a 36-ball 69 in the steep chase while Axar Patel was named player of the series.
India will next face South Africa in a 3-match T20I series starting on September 28. These will be the last three T20Is. Team India will play before the start of the T20 World Cup on October 16.
India are aiming for their second T20 World Cup title and first since the inaugural edition in 2007.