Virat Kohli led his troops from the front to win the final T20I held at Sydney Cricket ground to level the three-match series 1-1. His masterstroke innings was followed by a comment from the Australian wicketkeeper, Alex Carey.
After the continued spoilsport played by the rain in the first two T20I, we witnessed a full fledged match in the final one in which the visitors registered an emphatic win over the hosts, thereby resulting in a series draw 1-1.
The hosts had posted a target of 165 which was replied in a rock-solid fashion by the openers Rohit and Shikhar. Although they departed early, yet they had amply accelerated the run rate during their stay at the crease. The skipper’s arrival onto the crease sounded the warning bell for the Aussies as he went on to play a classical innings, and quick fired 61 off just 41 deliveries guiding India to go over the wire in style.
Australian wicketkeeper, Alex Carey was all praises for the Indian skipper and termed him as the player that snatched the match off their hands. The pressure tried to be exerted on him was as usual handled well by him and he emerged victorious. Carey further exercised his hopes of being able to restrict him in his approach in the whites with the help of pace bowling combinations such as Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazzlewood, Pat Cummins along with the spin sensation, Nathan Lyon.
“He obviously played really well tonight – he was put under a little bit of pressure towards the end but they started well in the powerplay and it was hard to peg them back. We’ve seen him do that before and he did it again tonight. Hopefully, in Tests, it will be a different story – we’ve got some good pace bowlers and Nathan Lyon. It will be a really good summer of cricket ahead.”
When asked about the match, Carey confessed that although the target they posted was competitive yet a brilliant start to the innings in the powerplay proved to be the turning point of the match.
“It was a competitive target, probably like Virat said 180. They like chasing. They chased that really well. The got off to a flyer in the powerplay and it’s hard to peg them back.”
Carey welcomed the inclusion of the pace sensation Mitchell Starc for the final T20I and was highly impressed with his bowling in the match as well. His rhythm in the start was spoiled by Shikhar when he hammered successive boundaries off his over in consecutive balls, but he established his mark yet again by bagging his wicket and slowing down the run rate thereafter.
Carey thinks Starc to be an interesting prospect in the upcoming test match series as well as it would be a completely different environment in the tests and that the Australian team would be fine enough to take on the visiting team quite easily.
“I thought he (Starc) bowled really well. Shikhar Dhawan obviously got him away for a couple of fours and that happens in T20 cricket but I thought he came into the side and he was really excited to play this game. He hasn’t played too many T20 games. I thought he had a real impact.
“He’s played a lot of cricket now. He’s a real professional, looks after his body, comes off a Shield game and into a T20 game now. I’m just as excited as you guys to watch him take on India along with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and obviously Lyon. He’ll be fine.”