India defeated Australia by six wickets in the third and final T20I to clinch the three-match series 2-1. After losing the first game, India registered two back-to-back wins to take the series home. While the second game was an eight-over-per-side game, the third match was a full-fledged T20 match that went down the wire. However, Hardik Pandya kept his nerves to hit a boundary off Daniel Sams on the fifth delivery of the 20th over to seal the game for India.
With this shot, there was a wave of joy in the Indian dressing room as players hugged each other to celebrate the victory. But the best wholesome moment was when Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli hugged each other to rejoice the victory together. As soon as the ball left Pandya’s bat and touched the boundary ropes, Kohli and Rohit who were sitting together on the stairs were seen screaming and shouting in happiness.
Kohli passionately patted on Rohit Sharma’s thighs and then on his back as the current captain hugged t he former India captain.
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Rohit and Kohli’s bromance was also captured when the latter got out and was walking back to the pavilion. After Kohli was dismissed, he was walking back disappointed ruing the missed chance to finish the game. However, Sharma lifted his spirit as he patted Kohli on the back with a broad smile on his face.
Coming back to the game, it was a perfect T20 game where both teams had their chances till the very last moment. After being put into bat first, Australia posted a hefty 186/7 in their 20 overs on the back of some fabulous batting from Cameron Green (52 off 21) and Tim David (54 off 27). India did not start well as they lost two early wickets in the form of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.
However, Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli stitched a crucial 104-run partnership for the third wicket. Both batters scored half-centuries before departing. While Yadav played a blistering knock of 69 off just 36 balls, Kohli scored 63 runs off 48 balls and played the second fiddle in the partnership. The game was finished by Hardik Pandya who scored an unbeaten 25 off 16 balls.