India complete T20 series whitewash against Australia

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Team India win T20

Team India completed a magnificent run chase (India 200/3 against Aus 197/5), the second highest by any team against Australia in T20s, to win the final game by seven wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday. India won the T20 series 3-0 and are now at the top of T20 ranking.

Batting first, Australia put up a daunting total of 197/5 in 20 overs anchored by Shane Watson’s 124 in just 71 balls. India needed more than an ordinary good start to get to the total and Rohit Sharma (52 off 38 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (26 off 9 balls) gave the visitors the momentum that was needed right at the start of the inning. India charged to 45 runs in the first 3 overs of their inning.

Virat Kohli’s half century in 36 balls set the stage for the finish but Team India still needed a match winning effort from someone in the middle order. And Suresh Raina who is known for his power ranking in T20s delivered that part. Raina’s 49 not out off 25 balls included some clever cricket shots and a boundary of the last ball of the match.

Yuvraj Singh got his first chance to bat in the series and produced 15 runs off 12 balls in a pressure situation and mind you he is returning to international cricket after nearly two years. Yuvraj struggled initially but pulled himself up hitting a six and a four in the first two balls of the last over in which India needed 17 to win. After that it was up to Suresh Raina to finish the task and he did it in style with a boundary in the last ball of the match.

Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Series for his consistent batting performance.

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India defeat South Africa by 35 runs after Virat Kohli scores 138

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Virat Kohli century

India defeated South Africa by 35 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to level the One Day International (ODI) series 2-2. Virat Kohli delivered the match winning performance he is known for at a time when Team India needed it most. It was a must win game for the Men in Blue if they had to stay in the series and Virat’s magnificent 138 helped India put a formidable total of 299 for 8 on a slow pitch that seemed to assist bowlers.

Kohli’s ton and partnerships

Kohli got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (45) and Suresh Raina (53) after India lost both its openers early (India were 35 for 2 at one stage). It resulted in two crucial partnerships between Kohli and Rahane (104 runs) and Kohli and Raina (127 runs). India were headed for an even bigger total in excess of 300 but were squeezed towards the end as South African seamers claimed 4 for 29 in the final five overs.

South Africa chase

AB de Villiers led South Africa’s chase and scored a century but Indian spinners made sure that the visitors remained short of their target of 300 runs. In the end, India won the match by 35 runs setting the stage for the decider at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on October 25.

India’s spin troika of Harbhajan Singh (2 for 50), Axar Patel (1 for 40) and Amit Mishra (1 for 55) used the slow conditions to their benefit. Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 wickets including the crucial one of SA skipper AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers innings

The Proteas captain was in no mood to give in as he hit the ball all round the wicket playing some innovative reverse sweep shots. His 112 came of just 107 balls with 10 boundaries and 2 sixes laced to it. It was only after de Villiers fell while playing a flat batted shot that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team could heave a sigh of relief.

India’s batting order

The match also settled doubts, if any, about the Indian batting order especially the No 3 and No 5 positions.  This time Dhoni did not promote himself above struggling Suresh Raina who scored back to back ducks in the last two matches. This gave the southpaw time at the crease and he delivered with a half century. Kohli too showed that he is most comfortable when batting at his usual Number 3 position.

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Suresh Raina tweets honeymoon pics from Paris

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Raina with wife

Indian cricketer Suresh Raina is spending some loving moments with wife Priyanka Chaudhary in Paris – the city of love.

The left-handed batsman tweeted pictures with his wife from Paris.

Raina and wife

Raina, who is part of the Chennai Super Kings team, had to join the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 soon after his marriage in first week of April and did not find much time to spend with his wife. Now, that the IPL got over last weekend, Raina and Priyanka flew to the popular and romantic honeymoon destination. The couple looked very happy and seemed to enjoy their time together.

Raina, whose wedding with childhood friend Priyanka, was a star-studded affair in a plush five-star hotel in Delhi, has seen in good form on the cricket field during the IPL.

After this honeymoon break, Suresh Raina will be joining Team India in Bangladesh for the One Day international matches against the hosts beginning June 18.

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