India created history on Australian soil as they pulled off a thrilling last ball victory in the 3rd and final T20 International to achieve a rare 3-0 clean sweep against the hosts at Sydney on Sunday, 31 January 2016.
Suresh Raina (49 runs in 25 balls) and comeback man Yuvraj Singh (15 runs in 12 balls) kept their cool as they blasted the required 17 runs off the last over to chase down a mammoth total of 198 set by Aussies.
Batting first, Aussies pt on the huge total of 197/5 runs in 20 overs with their skipper, Shane Watson played a tremendous knock of unbeaten 124 in 71 balls which includes 10 fours and 6 sixes scoring the highest ever score in this format for his country.
Although, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and dangerous’ Glenn Maxwell lost their wickets early in the game, Travis head (26 runs in 19 balls) gave his captain good company at the other end in a partnership that gave the hosts 93 runs in under eight overs.
India started out strongly as the openers Rohit Sharma (52 runs in 38 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (26 runs in 9 balls) blasted off 42 runs in first 3 overs. Even-though , Dhawan was caught behind off Shane Watson early, Virat Kohli (50 runs in 36 balls) yet again played splendid innings, smashing fiery boundaries alongside Rohit.
But after playing the brilliant innings of 52 runs, which includes 5 fours and 1 six , Rohit sharma was caught by Watson at midwicket off the impressive Cameron Boyce, who also picked up Kohli, soon after the Indian vice-captain completed his magnificent half-century.
However, Suresh Raina took the charge aggressively with Yuvraj Singh, who took some time to get going. In a crucial moment, when run rate was skyrocketing and with India needing 17 off the final over for victory, Yuvi found his mojo, and rocked Andrew Tye for a four to fine-leg, and a six, to midwicket, in the last over.
With only 2 runs needed off the last ball , Suresh Raina finished the match with a fierce boundary over backward point.
This was India’s second highest run-chase after their historic chase of 202 against Sri Lanka at Rajkot back in 2010.
Victory also lifted India to No.1 position in the ICC T20 rankings, they were were at No. 8 before the series began.
Source : CricBuzz