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India eye clean sweep over Australia in Sydney

IANS 31 Jan 2016, 11:28:31 IST

Sydney: India will aim to complete a clean sweep and conclude their Australia tour on a positive note by winning the third Twenty20 International at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

India have already clinched the three-match series, having won the first two matches in Adelaide and Melbourne by 37 and 27 runs respectively. A win today will help the visitors get over the 1-4 thrashing in the one-day international (ODI) series. The Indians will once again depend on a strong batting line-up which has done well in the previous two matches. Rohit Sharma has taken his superb form from the ODI series into the 20-over format while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has found his touch after struggling with his form since the Test and one-day series against South Africa at home. 

Virat Kohli has been excellent at the number three position, scoring a whirlwind half-century in the second T20I and will be hoping to carry on in the same vein in the third match as well.

Yuvraj eager to bat

The veteran Yuvraj Singh is yet to get a game in this series and the talented left-hander will be eager to get a chance to get into the groove as the Indians gear up for the World T20 tournament which they host in March-April this year.
Some of the Indian youngsters have done well with medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah being the find of the tour. The 22-year-old from Ahmedabad had a sensational debut, producing figures of 3-23 to be the most successful bowler in the first T20I at Adelaide. He followed it up with another couple of wickets in the third game at Melbourne and is currently the highest wicket-taking bowler in the series.

Watson to lead Oz

The Australians on the other hand, will aim to salvage some pride by staving off a complete Indian sweep. They will miss their in-form captain Finch who is down with an injury to his left hamstring. They will be led by experienced all-rounder Shane Watson. The 34-year-old Watson is Australia's leading wicket-taker in T20Is with 41 victims and his tally of 1,191 runs is second only to hard-hitting opener David Warner's haul of 1,465.