Twitter Reactions: Krunal Pandya, Virat Kohli helps India level the T20I series against Australia

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Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 61 runs off 41 balls as India successfully chased 165 with two balls and six wickets remaining in third T20I against hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to level the three-match series 1-1.

After put in to bowl first, Krunal Pandya’s 4/36 helped India to restrict Australia at 164 for six.

While chasing the target, the tourists were off to a flier with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan making mincemeat of the bowling attack. The duo ran amok as India raced away to 67 in 33 balls.

Australia struck in the nick of time with returning pacer Mitchell Starc, playing his first T20I in two years, getting the wicket of Dhawan, who tonked six boundaries and two sixes in his 22-ball 41.

Spin was introduced in the next over with leg-spinner Adam Zampa into the attack. The move worked as Rohit failed to judge the quicker delivery and ended up edging it onto his pad and then the stumps. Rohit followed his partner adding 23 runs from just 16 balls, with one boundary and two hits over the fence.

With two new batsmen at the crease – Kohli and KL Rahul – Australia managed to slowly creep into the game.

Rahul, who was looking good after smashing a huge six, once again failed to capitalise on the opportunity and departed after lobbing it down to Glenn Maxwell at long-on off Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Rishabh Pant was out for a duck after he misjudged the slower one off Andrew Tye.

India were in a spot of bother at 108/4 when Pant departed and hoped they don’t fritter away the fine start by the openers.

Kohli too was taking time to settle down. However, once he got his eye in, and received good support from Dinesh Karthik (22* off 18) at the other end, not even Tye nor Zampa could stop him in the run-chase.

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