ICC World Twenty20: Five talking points from India's 6-wicket win over Australia
India beat Australia by 6 wickets to book a semi-final spot.
New Delhi: Here are the five talking points from the match number 31 of 2016 ICC World Twenty20, Super 10 Group 2 match played at Mohali.
Virat Kohli magic on show once again
Only 27 years old, but already a legend of the game. The right-handed batsman from Delhi showcased his rich stroke-play and also the unwavering mind to subdue a strong Australian attack in Mohali. His unbeaten 82 off 51 balls, which also included nine fours and two sixes, will be remembered for a long, long time.
Shane Watson signed off in style
One of the most underrated cricketers of all time, Shane Watson played his last international match. Australia lost the match, but the 34-year-old one again reminded his class even as Kohli stole the limelight. His played a good hand while batting, hitting two sixes; then two of the four wickets fall in the Indian innings. He, in fact, took a brilliant catch too.
Winning runs continue to come from MS Dhoni's blade
The Indian captain has already gained legendary status. There are enough epitaphs to his name. But the greatest finisher in the game is still the one who is hitting winning runs for India. Today again, he finished the match by hitting a four. Some trend.
Good start vs good finish
There are more than enough fables to explain the importance of a good finish. Like the one with a hare and a rabbit. And there's also a Shakespearean saying, which reads "all's well that ends well". That precisely happened in Mohali on Sunday. Australia started their innings brilliantly, 54 runs in 4.2 overs, in contrast, India's chase was a cautious one 37/2 in 5.5 overs. But a strong finish proved the difference between winning and losing.
Good riddance! Yuvraj Singh might have thought
A good day in the office for Yuvraj Singh. First ball wicket while bowling, and a good knock scoring 21 off 18 balls. But when he left the field of play thanks to a brilliant catch by Watson, the 34-year-old didn't wait for the confirmation from the umpires. He was struggling to run and with a padded ankle following twist, he was becoming a liability to the Indian chase.