Srinagar: The brilliant knock by star batter Virat Kohli and equally good strokeplay by Suryakumar Yadav helped India clinch T20 series against Australia at Hyderabad on Sunday.
The six wicket win against Australia meant India surpassed Pakistan’s record of most T20 wins in calenders year.
Kohli (63 off 48 balls) and Suryakumar (69 off 36 balls) shared a 104-run partnership to lay the platform for the Indian victory. India won the three-match series 2-1.
Earlier Cameron Green (52) scored upfront while Tim David (54) provided the final flourish as Australia posted 186 for six after being invited to bat.
With the pitch offering grip and turn, Axar Patel(3/33) picked three wickets, while also executing a sensational run out. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/22) was also in his element, bowling an economical spell.
Chasing 187, India didn’t have the best of starts as openers KL Rahul (1) and Rohit Sharma (17) were out inside the first four overs.
But Kohli and Suryakumar batted with authority, hitting boundaries and sixes at regular intervals to keep the required run rate in check as Australian bowlers struggled to find answers.
While Suryakumar orchestrated the carnage, Kohli played the second fiddle.
At the halfway mark India needed 96 with eight wickets in hand.
Suryakumar soon brought his fifty as the duo plundered 15 off Adam Zampa’s 13th over.
Australia fashioned a comeback, ending Suryakumar’s outstanding innings with India needing 53 off the last six overs.
Kohli, however, continued to go about his business, whacking Pat Cummins for a six in the very next over. He brought his first fifty of the series in 36 balls.
Australia bowled some tight overs to keep themselves in the hunt.
But Hardik (25 not out) and Kohli slammed a couple of sixes but the latter was out leaving India in need of five runs from four balls.