The Blues defeated the Australians by six wickets in the decisive T20I on Sunday (September 25) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad to win the three-match series 2-1. Chasing 187, the hosts were brought home after half a century by Suryakumar Yadav and Kohli.
On Sunday, Sreesanth shared a video on his official Instagram account in which he supports Kohli. It can be seen from the clip that he is watching the game with some friends. The former fast bowler shared the video with the caption:
“@virat.kohli Kohli Kohli Kohli… keep going strong bro..🙏🏻💯❤️ Awesome amount of running.. keep going forever..”
While Suryakumar hit 69 of 36 balls, Kohli contributed a crucial 63 of 48 balls. The duo added 104 points for the third wicket to boost India after early losses in openers KL Rahul (1) and Rohit Sharma (17).
Despite brilliant bats from Suryakumar and Kohli, the Australian bowlers fought back to take the game into the final innings. Kohli needed 11 sixes and he topped Daniel Sams’ first shot but was caught on the next.
However, Hardik Pandya (16 points, 25 points) bravely led India across the finish line. He hit the winning boundary on the penultimate ball, albeit in a variety of ways. The all-rounder secured a thick advantage with a wide pass from beyond the stump, which flew over the fence.
“The game shouldn’t last that long” – Virat Kohli
Speaking after the game, Kohli admitted that the end of the game was tighter than they expected as India appeared to be cruising at a certain stage. In a video posted on bcci.tv, he argued:
“This game shouldn’t last that long, we should be chasing four or five in the final. It’s important to keep calm and get a boundary (six on the first ball).
“I’m happy with my contribution to the team, I took a break, came back to the Nets, worked hard, and I think everything is fine. I want to continue to contribute to the team and do my best,” he added.
The 33-year-old also praised Suryakumar for playing a fantastic hand under pressure in a must-win game. He shared his thoughts on a batsman in good shape, commenting:
“He has the ability to hit the ball in any situation. He has shown that. He scored a hundred in England and played beautifully in the Asian Cup. Here, he is hitting the ball like I see him hitting the ball. Same. He’s been great for the last 6 months. He’s a guy who knows his game like the back of the hand.”
Suryakumar was named Player of the Match for his half-century of glory in Hyderabad, while Axar Patel (8 wickets) was named Player of the Series.