- Australia 186-5; India 174-7 | Australia win by 12 runs
- Kohli’s dazzling 85 not enough for Indian clean sweep
Australia withstood a Virat Kohli batting masterclass to record a 12-run victory over India in their Twenty20 series finale at the SCG, where a boisterous crowd of 30,436 went home thoroughly entertained. Kohli threatened to deliver his first T20 ton for India and a 3-0 series victory but legspinner Mitch Swepson, who grabbed 3-23 from his four overs, helped the hosts bank a consolatory win ahead of the four-Test series.
Matthew Wade (80) and Glenn Maxwell (54) marched Australia to 186-5, with returning skipper Aaron Finch out for a second-ball duck after losing the toss. A bedazzling 85 from India’s skipper had spectators, most of which donned blue and screamed his name, in awe during the first major sporting event since the NSW government relaxed restrictions on spectators.