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187/4 (19.5)
IND won by 6 wickets
Player of the match: Suryakumar Yadav
 
That's it from us for the time being. It has been a well-fought series between two top-quality sides. India emerged victorious in the end, clinching the T20I series 2-1. There is more T20I action coming your way as India take on the touring South African side from the 28th. You can catch all the action right here! For now, it's Bala and Shashwat Kumar signing off on behalf of the Sportskeeda family. Good night!
Rohit Sharma (Captain, India): Special place, lot of good memories playing for India and the Deccan Chargers. Coming in for the decider, we wanted to put up a show. The biggest positive of the series was different individuals stepping up and getting the team out of trouble. As a (part of the) management, you feel good about it, when players do their roles to perfection. This is T20 cricket you are talking about, you got to be brave and take your chances. Sometimes it didn't come off, but that's a learning that we take to the next one. There are a lot of areas, particularly I would like to see death overs coming to the party. Those two guys are coming off after a long time. It's tough bowling against world-class batsmen, if you miss they will hit you. They are coming after 2 months of no cricket. We are going to play another series, they will probably come to the party there.
Axar Patel (Player of the Series): When you do well, the team wins, and you get the Player of the Series award, it certainly feels good. I bowl in the powerplay in the IPL too. When I do it for India and it comes off it, it feels really good. Whatever line and length I bowl, I stick to it. Even if the batsman plays a good shot, I try to stick to my plan and execute it. 
Suryakumar Yadav (Player of the Match): The way I was batting, I thought let's take my chances and finish the game. I was trying to hit it over mid-off (when he gout out). Thoughts have always been the same, it's about expressing myself, even if I get out on ball one or score a boundary. Loving it there (batting at number 4). (About playing in Australia) It will be a lot of challenge and responsibility. But you got to be the same, but a little smart as well.
Aaron Finch (Captain, Australia): Really good series. We had the nerve there in the middle. Cameron Green had an unbelievable series. We thought it was a decent total. It got quite dewy. We knew that the wicket gets better and better as the match goes on. We needed wickets. They Probably lost their way a bit in the middle but dragged their way back in. At times we were a bit sloppy with execution. To be able to play three T20is against a world-class side, gives us good momentum. (Cameron Green) Super young player, and showed his class. The way he took the game on, ultra-agressive right from the start, I love it about him.
Virat Kohli: (On the different roles he played in the innings) I am batting at 3 to utilize my experience. I had to take down Zampa. When surya started hitting it like that, I looked at the dugout. Rohit and Rahul bhai told me to let Surya take the chances. The six against Pat set me off again. (On Suryakumar Yadav) He has absolute clarity on what he wants to do. He has the game to bat in different situations. He has been striking the ball as well as I have ever seen. To play those shots at the right time takes tremendous skill. He has no fear in executing those shots. (Six off Zampa) I made up my mind to go after Zampa. I knew that he would attack the stumps. I was disappointed in the last game. I am trying to go big in the middle overs. We should have probably had four or five to chase in the final over. So the final six was important and I am grateful to have done that. I am enjoying batting since the Asia Cup. I was here hour and a half before the team arrived. Working hard on my fitness all over again and want to contribute to the team's cause. Not putting myself down if I am not getting the big runs
India 187/4 (19.5 overs) | Suryakumar Yadav 69(36), Virat Kohli 63(48) | Daniel Sams 2/33 (3.5)

The scoreline might suggest that the match was closer than what it actually was. India might have had some moments in that chase when there might have been some shivers in the dressing room, especially at the start of that innings, but the target was chased down without a lot of fuss in the end. Australia had their moments when they could have closed out the game, but the bowlers just did not pick enough wickets to put pressure on the batting unit. 

India were off to a shaky start, losing KL Rahul in the first over and Rohit Sharma soon after. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav started cautiously before Kohli started to find the middle of his bat towards the end of that powerplay. But it was Surya who really turned the tide in that chase. He played a scintillating knock hitting the balls to different pockets in the field. 

Once Surya started accelerating, Kohli took the back seat and fed him the strike. He swiftly moved to 69 before holding out to long-off. He certainly showed us why he is one of the most exciting players in this format of the game. 

As soon as Surya was dismissed, Kohli once again took the reins up and started playing the shots. Australian pacers hit their lengths well at the death and kept things quite, but Pandya and Kohli just had their ways to find boundaries in crunch moments and ensured that there were no hiccups at the end.

Cameron Green was probably the pick of the bowlers for Australia. He ran in hard and hit the pitch, getting some steep bounce in the process. Giving away less than five runs an over in a 9 run per over chase is a stupendous effort. Sams picked up two wickets, while Hazlewood and Cummins shared one each.
India win by 6 wickets and clinch the T20I series 2-1!
19.5 Daniel Sams to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! THAT WILL BE THAT! Very full delivery outside off stump. Pandya sits back deep in his crease and that line, as it was during the Cummins over, is always playing with fire. Pandya opens his bat face and guides it past short third man for four. India win, and what a series this has been!
4 runs required off 2 balls!
19.4 Daniel Sams to Hardik Pandya, length delivery way outside off stump. Pandya walks across a step and then has a huge swipe across the line. Only connects with fresh air. Not called a wide as well, rightly so!
19.3 Daniel Sams to Dinesh Karthik, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Karthik comes half forward and punches the ball down the ground towards long off for one
India need 5 runs off 4 balls. Dinesh Karthik, RHB, walks out to the middle.
19.2 Daniel Sams to Virat Kohli, OUT! DRAMA AT HYDERABAD! Back of a length delivery outside off stump that Kohli could have hit absolutely anywhere. He sits back in his crease and laces it too. The only problem is that he hits it straight down extra cover's throat, where Finch gobbles up the chance! Australia are still in this, just about!

Virat Kohli c Aaron Finch b Daniel Sams 63 [48b, 3x4s, 4x6s]
19.1 Daniel Sams to Virat Kohli, SIX! MONUMENTAL! Slower delivery on a length on off stump and that is just what Kohli is waiting for. He lets the ball come to him before clattering it way over deep mid wicket for a maximum!
India need 11 runs off the final over to win the match and the series. Virat Kohli is on strike. Daniel Sams with the ball.
Brilliant comeback by Hazlewood after conceding a six off the first delivery. Just 4 runs came off the remaining five.
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cricket bat icon Virat Kohli *
57 (46)
cricket bat icon Hardik Pandya
21 (14)
cricket ball icon Josh Hazlewood
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18.6 Josh Hazlewood to Virat Kohli, low full toss on off stump. Kohli sits deep in his crease and drags it towards the sweeper at deep mid wicket for just another single
18.5 Josh Hazlewood to Virat Kohli, full delivery outside off stump. Kohli leans forward, reaches out for it and drills it towards the sweeper at deep cover point for a couple of runs. Excellent from Maxwell on the fence!