Krunal’s four wickets pegged the run flow and also saw his claim top position in the chart for the best figures achieved by a spinner in T20I in Australia.  @ Twitter
Krunal’s four wickets pegged the run flow and also saw his claim top position in the chart for the best figures achieved by a spinner in T20I in Australia. @ Twitter

There was no stopping Krunal Pandya at Sydney on Sunday during the third and final Twenty20 International, the series decider against Australia on Sunday. Krunal, the 27-year-old left-arm spinner, ended his four overs with four wickets going for 36 runs to register the best figures by a spinner ibn Twenty20 Internationals in Australia.

Allrounder Glen Maxwell (3/10 in two overs) owned the record earlier. Ireland’s left-arm spinner George Dockrell is third on the list with 3 for 18 in three while David Hussey is fourth in the list with figures of 3 for 25 in four overs.

After opting to bat, Australia were helped to a 68-run partnership between openers Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short, who were helped with some pretty ordinary fielding by the visitors. Australia captain Finch received a lifeline when he was dropped on 22 at long-on by Rohit Sharma in Pandya’s first over.

Finch then departed to Kuldeep Yadav in the next over off Kuldeep Yadav for a 23-ball 28. He tried to go under it, but ended up top edging it miles high to Rohit, who went well below it, only to make a meal of the catch.

In his next over, the innings’ 10th, Krunal struck in the first ball trapping the other opener Short lbw for 33. A poor sweep shot in the next delivery saw Ben McDermott walk back for a duck as Krunal was on a hat-trick. However, Alex Carry ensured he connected the ball to square-leg to deny the elder of the Pandya brothers his T20I hat-trick.

Krunal claimed his third wicket in the dangerous Maxwell, who tried to launch it, but was unable to clear Rohit at long-on and walked back after adding 13 to the total.

In his final over, the innings’ 16th, after being smashed for back-to-back boundaries, Krunal won the battle with Carey, who was caught at deep-midwicket after his mistimed sweep shot landed straight into the hands of captain Virat Kohli.

Krunal’s four wickets pegged the run flow and also saw his claim top position in the chart for the best figures achieved by a spinner in T20I in Australia.