India clean-sweep Australia 3-0 after thrilling win at the SCG

After Shane Watson's brilliant ton took Aus to 197/5, India gunned down the total riding on Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli fifties and Suresh Raina blitz.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 31, 2016 6:11 pm
Virat Kohli scored a fluent 50 and stitched a crucial partnership with Rohit Sharma. (Source: AP) Virat Kohli scored a fluent 50 and stitched a crucial partnership with Rohit Sharma. (Source: AP)

India completed 3-0 clean-sweep in the T20Is after a thrilling seven-wicket win over Australia in the third and final T20I at the SCG on Sunday. (Results: Ind vs Aus) (Aus Open: Djokovic thumps Murray in final)

Scorecard: India vs Australia, 3rd T20I

The chase, as it happened

Yuvraj starts the 20th with a four and six, and Raina scores the winning runs. India gun down 197, clean-sweep Australia 3-0

1705 hrs IST: Watson bowls a five-run 19th over. India need 17 from 6 now

1700 hrs IST: Raina finishes the tight over with consecutive boundaries. Important Yuvraj too responds in similar fashion. India need 22 from 12 balls

1657 hrs IST: Top over by Tye so far. Mixing it up well under pressure. India need a boundary, equation not in their favour as of now

1652 hrs IST: Watson makes a good comeback after conceding boundary first ball. India need 34 from last three overs now

1648 hrs IST: Equation – India need 42 from 24 balls. It’s game on at the SCG

1643 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh walks out to the middle

1642 hrs IST: WICKET! Kohli trickles one back onto his stumps. Out after a fluent 50. India 147/3

1640 hrs IST: Kohli brings up his FIFTY off 35 balls. His third on the trot in the series

1638 hrs IST: Heading towards an exciting finish. India need 59 runs from 36 balls. Kohli and Raina in the middle

1632 hrs IST: SIX! Raina arrives and is off the mark in style. Slog sweeps Boyce for a maximum

1629 hrs IST: WICKET! Rohit hits a Boyce delivery straight to Shane Watson. Much needed breakthrough for Australia. India 124/2

1625 hrs IST: FIFTY for Rohit Sharma. His dream run in Australia continues. Has been in top touch right from the start of the ODIs

1620 hrs IST: SIX! Rohit breaks free after a quiet little phase. Hits one way back into the stand. Huge hit!

1617 hrs IST: 100 up for India in the 10th over. Kohli and Rohit are approaching the chase in fine fashion. A boundary here and there, and sharp running between the wickets

1612 hrs IST: FIFTY-run partnership between Kohli and Rohit comes up off 36 balls

1606 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Kohli goes past 5000 runs in T20s (international and franchise both)

1605 hrs IST: Field restrictions over, Australia turn to spin. Introduce leggie Boyce into the attack

1600 hrs IST: Rohit ends the over with a boundary. India on track…62/1 after five overs

1554 hrs IST: Kohli brings up the FIFTY for India in the 5th over, with a boundary

1551 hrs IST: WICKET! Watson strikes in his first over. Removes dangerous Dhawan who edges one to Bancroft behind the stumps

1547 hrs IST: Tait bowls a 24-run over. Dhawan punished him there. India flying in 198 chase. 42/0 after three

1542 hrs IST: Dhawan and Rohit have found the rhythm early. Just using the extra pace on offer, and finding the gaps with ease

1540 hrs IST: Dhawan’s away with a boundary. Didn’t try to it hard, just placed it well

1514 hrs IST: Australia post 197/5 against India at the SCG. (Watson 124*, Head 26; Yuvraj 1/19)

1510 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja takes a blinder in the deep to get rid of Lynn. Bumrah with the wicket

1506 hrs IST: Six no. 6 for Shane Watson. He’s clearing the ropes with utmost ease at the SCG today

1500 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja fires one in, cleans up Head. India need to finish well now. Have struggled against Watson

1457 hrs IST: 100 for Shane Watson, off only 60 balls. And he celebrates the ton with another six. Raining sixes at the SCG

1452 hrs IST: Going, going, gone! Watson goes straight and clears the ropes with ease. Moves to 89

1450 hrs IST: Pandya’s athletic effort near the ropes denies Head a six. Pulled the ball, sailing over the ropes, back

1447 hrs IST: Good chance for Watson to score a hundred here. He’s unbeaten on 80, and six overs left

1440 hrs IST: Pandya leaks 15 runs from his second over, bowls two wides in the process. Watson is punishing India in the middle

1438 hrs IST: Kohli drops Watson. Not often we see this. Probably overran on that occasion

1435 hrs IST: Six, four and Head brings up the 100 for Australia in the 12th over of the innings

1430 hrs IST: Watson brings up his FIFTY, off 37 balls. He holds key for Australia now, needs to bat through the innings

1427 hrs IST: Five runs a wicket coming from Yuvraj’s first over

1422 hrs IST: WICKET! Yuvraj into the attack and he strikes first ball. Maxwell hits one to Raina who completes a sharp catch. Australia 75/3

1417 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin cleans up Marsh. Timely wicket for India. Australia 69/2

1416 hrs IST: FIFTY-run partnership between Marsh and Watson comes up off 31 balls. Marsh scored only eight runs in the stand

1414 hrs IST: Spin from both ends..Jadeja with the ball now. He keeps it tight in the first five deliveries but concedes a boundary from the last

1411 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Australia in the sixth over. India need a wicket, Watson’s wicket

1409 hrs IST: Early spin! Ashwin into the attack. Australia vs India spin, interesting contest on the cards

1408 hrs IST: After 5, Australia 48/1. Watson doing bulk of the scoring there

1404 hrs IST: Watson looking dangerous today. Consecutive boundaries off Nehra now. Australia, despite the early wicket, are scoring at a brisk pace

1400 hrs IST: Bumrah oversteps on consecutive deliveries and Watson collects boundaries from both the free-hits

1357 hrs IST: Watson pounces on the short one and hits it hard for a maximum. Australia 24/1 after three

1354 hrs IST: WICKET! Nehra gets one to shape away from Khawaja and the opener edges it to Dhoni behind the stumps. Crucial breakthrough, the southpaw was in good touch

1350 hrs IST: Short from Bumrah and Khawaja rocks onto the back-foot to power it to the ropes. He’s looking very fluent. Timing the ball sweetly, finding the gaps with ease

1347 hrs IST: Bumrah into the attack and Khawaja creams it through covers for a comfortable couple

1344 hrs IST: Nehra starts with a tight over. Only a single coming from the first

1340 hrs IST: Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja to open the innings for Australia, Nehra with the new ball for India

1332 hrs IST: With six in the second T20I and five in the third, Australia have made plenty of changes in this series. Only Chris Lynn and Shane Watson have played all three matches

1327 hrs IST: Aus XI – S Watson, U Khawaja, C Lynn, G Maxwell, S Marsh, TM Head, C Bancroft, A Tye, C Boyce, S Boland, S Tait

1320 hrs IST: Here’s India’s playing XI. No changes there

1318 hrs IST: India, for the first time in the series, will chase the total set by Australia

1317 hrs IST: TOSS! Australia elect to bat at the SCG. Five changes for hosts, India unchanged

1312 hrs IST: Debuts for Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft. Khawaja has been in top touch, scoring bucket loads of runs

1310 hrs IST: India women’s team clinch series 2-1. First bilateral series win over Australia women’s team

1300 hrs IST: Bat, bat, bat says Hayden at the pitch report. He feels it will suit Indian bowlers. 160-170 par score, fast outfield. Win the toss, bat first feels former Australia opener

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