Final game of the series was a dead rubber as India had already clinched the series by winning the first two games of the series. It was a nail biting encounter with India prevailing on the very last ball of the innings. Shane Watson and Virat Kohli were declared the ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ respectively, as India completed a clean sweep.
It was the first occasion where Australia didn’t falter after the first 10 overs. This victory helped India to grab its 3rd series triumph on Australian soil. The first came in World Championship of Cricket under Sunil Gavaskar’s captaincy in 1985, and the second in CB Series in 2008.
In the match which went down to the wire, the top 3 (batsman) clicked for India but the last 3(bowlers) didn’t. So we at EssentiallySports bring you five talking points from the final encounter of the series.
5) WOW WATSON
The debutant captain Shane Watson made five change in the team: Khawaja in for Finch, Bancroft in for Wade, Head for Faulkner, Boyce for Lyon and Tait for Hastings.
Some may have criticized him for this move but his innings of 124 of 71 balls with 10 hits to the fence and 6 over it, silenced all his critics. Dropped by Kohli on 56, he went on to capitalize on the chance and got his century in just 60 balls. Watson became the second Australian to score a T20I century when he swept Jadeja into the short leg-side boundary. His score of 124 happens to be the highest score by a captain in T20 internationals and the second highest score by a batsman in T20 internationals, behind Aaron Finch’s 156 against England.
It is also the first time that a century was hit against India. He bowled well too as he gave away just 30 runs in his overs and picked up the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.