Team India set to break Paksitan’s big T20I record
A win for India today will not only help India bag the three-match series but it will also extend their winning streak in T20Is to 10 games thus breaking rivals Pakistan’s record, who won nine T20I games on a trot in 2018.
Team India are yet to lose a T20I in last 12 months with their first win going back to December 2019 against West Indies in Mumbai. In 2020, the first T20I series that India played was with Sri Lanka at home. The first game of the 3-match series was abandoned due to rain in Guwahati, while India won the other two games in Indore and Pune and sealed the series 2-0.
After that on the tour of New Zealand, India completed a 5-0 white-wash of the hosts with two of the matches being won in a Super Over. The win on Friday was their 9th consecutive one.
Overall, Afghanistan holds the record of the most consecutive wins in T20Is – having won 12 T20Is on trot from 2018 to 2019. They also hold the second spot in the list with 11 consecutive T20I wins from 2016 to 2017.
However, if India clean sweep Australia in the ongoing T20I series then they will equal Afghanistan’s 11-straight win record and also jump to the second spot in ICC T20I rankings.
INDIA WIN by 6 wickets and clinch the T20I series 2-0.
Hardik Pandya seals it for Team India —Winning in style!
Put in to bat, Australia scored a challenging 194 for 5 with skipper Matthew Wade top-scoring with a quick-fire 32-ball 58 while Steve Smith contributed 46 off 38 balls.
India chased down the target in 19.4 overs overs with Hardik Pandya remaining not out on 42 off just 22 balls. Shikhar Dhawan contributed 52 while captain Virat Kohli made 40. India had won the first T20I by 11 runs in Canberra on Friday. The inconsequential third T20I will be played here on Tuesday.
Kohli impersonates ABdV with flicked six over fine leg | Dettol T20I Series 2020
Virat Kohli has picked up a few tricks from his IPL teammate AB de Villiers, lifting a shot straight out of the the South African great’s playbook with a flick for six that sailed over the fine leg fence.
Having sealed the series 2-0 on Sunday, Team India will look to clean sweep the three-match series 3-0 with a win today.
India would look to carry on their winning momentum that has seen them taste success in each of their last 10 completed T20Is overseas. Incidentally, India have another record to defend: They’ve never lost a T20I in Sydney, having beaten Australia in all 3 matches.
India is currently ranked third in the team rankings with 269 points. They are just a point behind the Aussies who are at the second place with 270 points.
If India manages to win on Tuesday, they will climb to the second position, overtaking Australia in the process. According to ICC’s Team Rankings Predictor, India will get two points for the win. Australia, on the other hand, will lose two points.
Currently England holds the No.1 spot in the shortest format of the game with 275 rating points in 25 matches.
2nd Milestone: Equal Afghanistan’s winning streak record
India on Sunday had surpassed Pakistan’s winning streak after extending its T20 unbeaten record to 10. They are now placed third in the list behind Afghanistan, who acquires both No.1 and 2 spot.
Matthew Wade (80) scored yet another 50+. Washington Sundar (2/34) was the most effective bowler for India, one of his two wickets being the one of skipper Aaron Finch who fell for a duck. Glenn Maxwell (54) launched an offensive with Wade in the later half of the innings. India did well in the last few overs as wickets fell and Australia were restricted to 186.
3rd T20I - Australia won by 12 runs, India wins series 2-1
Matthew Wade (80) and Glenn Maxwell (54) power Australia to 186/5 against India in the third and final T20I
Virat Kohli played a fine knock with an unbeaten 85 off 61 balls but the wicket of Hardik Pandya turned the match in favour of Australia as India’s unbeaten streak in the T20 comes to an end but they win the series.