Wade, Maxwell, Swepson help Australia avoid clean sweep as Kohli 85 is in vain
by SportsDiction – 08, December, 2020
Australia 186 for 5 (Wade 80, Maxwell 54, Sundar 2-34, Natarajan 1-33) beat India 174 for 7 (Kohli 85, Swepson 3-23, Zampa 1-21) by 12 runs.
Mitchell Swepson’s variations and Adam Zampa’s control on a used SCG pitch threw India’s pursuit of 187 off track and denied them a 3-0 sweep in the T20I series. Swepson did not concede a single boundary and took out three of India’s top five while senior legspinner Zampa returned in the 18th over to effectively kill the chase by drawing a top edge from previous match-winner and finisher Hardik Pandya.
Virat Kohli was reprieved at least three times, on a day where both sides’ fielding veered from ordinary to extraordinary, but he couldn’t turn his 85 off 61 balls into a match-winning effort. Kohli holed out off Andrew Tye at the start of the penultimate over, with late blows from Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar only drumming up some artificial excitement.
t was the pair of Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell that set up Australia’s victory, punishing a sloppy Indian side with their muscle and innovation. Wade’s innings could have been cut short at 50 had India reviewed an on-field not-out lbw decision on time after left-arm seamer T Natarajan pinged the opener’s front pad. Wade went onto convert his second successive fifty into a career-best 80 off 53 balls. Maxwell, who got at least two lives, rolled out his trademark trick shots on his way to 54 off 36 balls. Natarajan proved the point of difference in India’s attack once again, reining in Australia at the death, but ultimately Swepson and Zampa saved the day for them.