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Team India misses DRS after a late call denies them LBW



Team India were criticised for their poor performances in the ODI series as they lost the series by 2-1. However, they bounced back in the shortest format of the game. The Men in Blue won the first two games to take a 2-0 lead in the series and were expecting to whitewash the hosts.

However, the Australians rose from the ashes and defeated India in the third and final T20I as they won the game by 11 runs. Batting first, Australia managed to post 186/5 in 20 overs. Matthew Wade who promoted himself up the order scored 80 off 53 balls including 7 fours and 2 sixes.

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Glenn Maxwell once again unleashed his true colours as he scored 54 off 36 balls with the help of 3 fours and 3 hits over the fence. T Natarajan bowled really well and picked up 2 wickets. India tried their best but fell 12 runs short of the run-chase.

Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his midas touch with the bat as he scored a vital 85 off 61 including 4 fours and 3 sixes. Nonetheless, his knock went in vain as he didn’t receive any support from other batsmen. Team India ended up scoring 174/7 in 20 overs.

Kohli loses his cool

During the 4th ball of 11th over bowled by Natarajan, Matthew Wade tried to play a shot but ended up missing it completely and the ball hit his pads in the follow through. While the Indian players appealed, the umpires was not interested with the decision as he kept mum.

The players decided to take the review but hesitated for a moment. Meanwhile, all the Indian players saw the TV replay on the screen. Indian players were denied a review in the first place by the third umpire because they already saw the replay. It was at that time Kohli lost his cool during an interaction with the umpires. Wade went on to score 80 off 53 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes).

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Mitchell Swepson picked 3/23 in 4 overs, which was his best bowling spell in T20Is. He was the man of the match. “Happy to get this award, and win the game for my side. I think that was a bit of a skidder, but I’m happy to say that I gave it a bit of a rip and got that wicket (the Iyer wicket),” Swepson said at the post-match presentation.

“At one stage when Hardik started going we thought we could pull it off. The middle over phase during our batting cost us the game. A partnership of 30-odd would’ve made it easier for Hardik. We are finding ways to come back and give the opposition a scare and the series win is a little asterisk for us to finish the 2020 season on a high.

I feel the crowd was a factor as well, it’s always giving you a dimension of motivation. Our crowd pulls us through sometimes, and Australia’s too, and we as players feed off the crowd’s energy. We need to take the same competitive attitude into the Tests, and having played here a few times, we can score runs as well. Once it’s time to capitalize and score, we need to do that session by session. I’m sure the current side is stronger than last time (Test matches) and I’ll see if I can play the tour match,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

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