India-Australia T20I Series



India made a rare 3-0 clean sweep against Australia in the Twenty20 International series after winning the third and final match by seven wickets at Sydney on January 31, 2016. It was India’s historic triumph in a bilateral series in Australia. In the final match, India pulled off a dramatic last-ball triumph over Australia to overhaul the victory target of 198. Rohit Sharma (52),

Virat Kohli (50), Suresh Raina (49),

Shikhar Dhawan (26) played a major role in India’s (200 for 3) chasing of the highest successful target by any team in Australia.

With this series victory, Team India moved to No. 1 in ICC T20 rankings along with their No. 1 rank in Tests and No. 2 in ODIs.

Earlier, Australia had set a mammoth target of 198 for victory, riding on Shane Watson’s excellent 124 not out. It was his second highest individual score in a T20 International after his teammate Aaron Finch’s 156.

In the second T20 International, India defeated Australia by 27 runs in Melbourne on January 29, 2016. With this victory, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead over Australia. Put to bat, India scored 184 runs for three wickets and then restricted Australia to 157 for eight in their 20 overs’ quota.

In the first T20 match at Adelaide on January 26, 2016, India registered a 37-run victory over

Australia-India Women T20I Series

The Indian women’s cricket team rewrote history by winning their maiden Twenty20I series over three-time World champions Australia by 2-1. Australia narrowed the series victory margin by winning the third Twenty20 International in Sydney. In the third and final match, Australia defeated India by 15 runs on January 31, 2016. Australia batting first scored 136 for five and restrained India to 128 for eight.

Earlier, in the second T20, India had taken an unassailable lead by registering an impressive 10-wicket triumph in the rain-affected second match in Melbourne on January 29, 2016. Fielding first, India restricted Australia to 125 in the match which was reduced to 18-overs-a-side following rain interruptions. Chasing the revised 66-run target for victory in 10 overs, India overhauled it in 9.1 overs as skipper Mithali Raj struck the winning runs.

Earlier, in the first T20I in Adelaide on January 26, 2016, India had beaten Australia by five wickets.

Australia-India ODI Series

Australia on January 23, 2016 won the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India 4-1. However, in the fifth and final match played at Sydney Cricket

Ground, Sydney, India defeated Australia by 6 wickets. This is the first time that any team has chased more than 300 runs to complete victory against Australia in their own den. India will retain their No. 2 ranking in ODIs as well. Staring at a series whitewash after four consecutive defeats, India rode on Manish Pandey’s scintillating 104 off 81 balls to chase down a 331-run victory target with two balls to spare. Centuries from David Warner (122) and Mitchell Marsh (102) helped Australia post 330 for 7 but Pandey’s knock in his only fourth One-Dayer clinched the contest for India. He ended up 104 not out from 81 deliveries after Shikhar Dhawan (78 from 56) and Rohit Sharma (99 from 108) laid the foundation. Pandey was adjudged Man of the Match, while his teammate Rohit Sharma won the Man of the Series award for the 441 runs he amassed in five matches.

All the earlier four matches of the series were won by Australia. The hosts won the first match played at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth on January 12 by 5 wickets. Steven Smith (Australia) was declared the Man of the Match. The second match was won by Australia by 7 wickets, which was played at the Gabba, Brisbane on January 15, 2016. The third match was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on January 17, 2016 which Australia won by 3 wickets. Glenn Maxwell (Australia) was declared the Man

of the Match. The fourth match was played at Manuka Oval, Canberra on January 20, 2016, which again was won by Australia by 25 runs. Kane Richardson (Australia) was declared the Man of the Match.

England-South Africa Test Series

England clinched the Test series against South Africa by 2-1 on January 26, 2016, though the fourth and final test was won by South Africa at Centurion. England crumbled to 101 all out and its second lowest score in South Africa to lose the fourth and final Test by 280 runs, a consolation win for the home team after the series had already been decided.

England won the first match of the series against South Africa by 241 runs on December 26, 2015. The second match on January 2, 2016 was drawn. The third match played on January 14, 2016 was won by England by 7 wickets. England will still celebrate a first series victory over South Africa in 11 years after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead ahead of the last Test. After the game, England’s captain Alastair Cook collected the Basil D’Oliveira trophy, which his team had secured with their victory in the third Test at the Wanderers. Ben Stokes was declared as the Man of the Series.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Uttar Pradesh clinched their maiden Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with a thumping 38-run win over two-time champions Baroda in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on January 20, 2016. Displaying all-round display, UP pulled out all stops, to put it across the champions of 2011-12 and 2013-14 and win the summit clash. This was UP’s ninth straight win in the tournament, including five in the preliminary league phase and three more in the super league stage held in this city.

UP built their innings around opener Prashanth Gupta’s 49 off 41 balls and captain Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 47 off 37 balls to post a challenging score of 163 for 7. In reply, Baroda lost half their side for 84 and were restricted to 125 for 7 wickets.

India Lift T20 Asia Cup For Blind

India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 44 runs in the final to win the inaugural T20 Asia Cup for Blind title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on January 24, 2016.

Despite its big star Prakash Jayaramaiah—-considered one of the world’s best batsmen in this version—falling for a duck and the consistent Ketan Patel not scoring big, India still managed to make 208, thanks to some late fireworks from captain Ajay Kumar Reddy who made an unbeaten 34 from 16 balls.

Pakistan, which lost the toss, was struggling at 80 for six in the ninth over of the chase but a 58-run stand between Javed (43) and Israr Hassan for the next wicket put the side back on track. But with the former’s run-out, things became easy for the host.

Deodhar Trophy

India-A defeated India-B by 87 runs in the final to lift the Deodhar Trophy title at the Green Park in Kanpur on January 29, 2016.-*-

Day cricket, surpassing the twin milestones in just his 161st innings. The top-order batsman got die better of the Australian bowling attack at the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a run-a-ball knock that was studded with seven fours and two sixes. During his well-paced effort, Kohli left his idol and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar far behind in terms of the quickness in the number of centuries and runs scored so far. Tendulkar got to his 24th ton in his 219th innings while scoring 7,000 plus runs in 189 innings.

Kohli, who has been in top form recently, had scores of 91 and 59 in the first two ODIs. Coming into this match, he needed only 19 to overtake AB de Villiers, who reached the landmark in 172 matches and 166 innings. The South African captain took nearly a decade to get there while Kohli did it in less than eight years. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly held the record for a short time, but he needed 180 ODIs and 174 innings to reach 7,000 runs. N^xt on the list are Brian Lara (183 innings), Desmond Haynes (183), Jacques Kallis (188) and Sachin Tendulkar (189). Kohli is regarded as one of the most dangerous batsmen in modern-day cricket. With 24 hundreds and 36 fifties, he is a league above the rest. The 27-year-old, who was named India’s Test captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the longest format, led his side to historic series wins over Sri Lanka and South Africa. India’s Test captain also stitched a 119-run second wicket partnership with Shikhar Dhawan, which was also an Indian record at MCG beating the previous best of 101 between Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar in January 1981.

Batting first India-A put up 286 runs for seven on the board. For India-A, Murali Vijay (69) and Faiz Fazal (100 not out), who built a solid 167-run opening partnership, did the bulk of the scoring. Then India-A pacers, especially Sreenath Aravind and Krishna Das, bowled superbly to restrict India-B to 199 with more than ninte overs to go. r»Era


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