31-Jan-2016 12:14:00 GMT
Australia v India, 3rd T20I, Sydney
Raina's Last-ball Four Seals Historic Sweep
|Suresh Raina scores eight runs in last three balls.|
Sydney: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli slammed half-centuries and Suresh Raina 49*, 25-ball to help India win series 3-0 against Australia, and India move on top ICC T20 ratings.
Suresh Raina was left out of India's squad for the Victoria Bitter ODI series, but he's almost a lock in India's XI for the upcoming World T20. The left-hander hit 41 in the opening match of the series and expertly steered India to victory after Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had set the foundation for the run chase.
Yuvraj Singh hit some vital blows in the final over, but it was Raina who was the calming influence throughout the late overs. The 29-year-old finished unbeaten on 49 from just 25 balls, hitting a boundary from the final ball to secure the win and the series sweep.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to power India's batting performance in exhilarating fashion. The duo have punished Australia's bowlers throughout this tour and they finished in style with a pair of half-centuries that gave the tourists a chance of a series clean-sweep.
Rohit has failed to score more than 30 just once from eight innings on this tour, including two centuries, while Kohli's record is even more impressive scoring a half-century or better in seven of his eight innings this month. This pair are absolute run machines and you'd be brave to think they'd do anything but continue that streak during the World T20 in March and April.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan thrashed 26 off just 9 balls with 4 fours and 1 six to get India off to a flying start. He and Rohit added 46 in just 3.2 overs.
Earlier, Watson’s sizzling century made Australia’s total surge to a massive 197 for 5.
Australia made as many as five changes to the side, the first of which was right at the top of the order. In the absence of both David Warner and Aaron Finch, Watson promoted himself to open along with the in-form debutant Usman Khawaja.
The left-hander, who has been in phenomenal form in the last couple of months, showed signs of a similar assault in this innings as well. He got to 14 off just 6 balls before edging Ashish Nehra to MS Dhoni.
Australia - 5 for 197 (Watson 124*, Head 26)
India - 3 for 200 (Sharma 52, Kohli 50, Raina 49*, Boyce 2-28)
Result - India won by 7 wickets
MOM - Shane Watson (Australia)
Man of the series - Virat Kohli (India)