The men in blue were victorious in the third and deciding T20I against Australia in the last over after half-centuries by Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav sailed the hosts past the finish line on Sunday.
India won by six wickets in Hyderabad as Hardik Pandya, unbeaten on 25, smashed the winning runs on the penultimate ball of the innings. While Pandya looked cool as a cucumber at the end, Kohli was his usual energetic self to continue his fine run of form with the bat. The former India skipper produced some of his spectacular strokes to stabilise the innings along with Suryakumar Yadav, who scored a brilliant 50 in 29 balls.
Kohli was dismissed in the final over after a 48-ball 63 but the win was well within reach for India, who needed just five more runs to wrap up the T20I series. The former skipper, who plays with zeal and even gets lost in his own fervour at times, was energetic during the presentation ceremony too.
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Kohli bagged the 'Energetic Player of the Match' before sprinting back to his teammates in a never-seen-before celebration. He also had a laugh with his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate Glenn Maxwell after getting to the players' huddle.
The former skipper, who found his mojo in the recent Asia Cup, shared a 104-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav, who again put up a show of his strokeplay. The men in blue didn’t have a great start as KL Rahul (1) and Rohit Sharma (17) returned to the pavilion within the first four overs.
Virat Kohli then played the supporting role, while Suryakumar Yadav smashed regular boundaries in his blitz but was out when India required 53 off the final six overs. Kohli got his first fifty of the series in 36 balls. With his 33rd T20I half-century, he also surpassed Rahul Dravid to become the second-highest run-scorer for India in international cricket.
Speaking after the game, Virat Kohli said he wanted to use his experience and take on Adam Zampa and stressed that he has been enjoying his cricket since returning from a break.
"I have to utilise my experience and had to take down Zampa. I looked at the dugout and both Rahul and Rohit asked me to continue batting," said Kohli.
"I have enjoyed batting ever since I came back. Today also I was an hour and a half before the team. I am excited and happy with my contributions. Just trying to place in safe space," Kohli added.