Ola! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the third Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Australia at Sydney. This is Sakshi Gupta, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of this match. It is the third match of their ongoing three-match T20I series and the final match of India’s tour of Australia 2015-16. Having won the first two T20Is, India will aim to whit-wash Australia and on the other hand Australia will only play for pride, in order to register their first win in the series. India and Australia have some destructive T20I batsmen so the third T20I being just a dead rubber, Sydney still can expect some fireworks from both the camps. India sealed the T20I series with a win at Melbourne on Friday. LIVE SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 3rd T20I at Sydney

Live Cricket Score India 200/3 | Overs 20 | Target 198 | BATTING: Suresh Raina 49(25), Yuvraj Singh 15(12): Tyre given the crucial final over, India need 17 runs. Can they? Yuvraj has all eyes on him now! FOUR, SIX! 10 runs off the first two deliveries, vintage Yuvi! Quick single from Yuvraj, Raina on strike. 6 off 3 needed. A yorker and Raina manages to collect tow more. And two more, 2 need more off the final delivery. Oh wait, Raina thought it would beat the fielder, he had his hands up celebrating while he finished the double. And FOUR! Yes Raina, you can celebrate now! India white-wash Australia witha seven-wicket victory in the 3rd T20I at Sydney. Scenes at SCG at the moment!

Live Cricket Score India 164/3 | Overs 17 | Target 198 | BATTING: Suresh Raina 28(15), Yuvraj Singh 1(4): Watson into the attack now, Raina doesn’t seem to sparing any bowler at the moment. Remember the Raina in-form? He is just that now, which is surely good news for India! Watson went slow, Raina played it smartly towards the covers. Lower full toss now, Raina pushes it towards long-on for a single. Yuvraj picks his first run of the tour, Watson went outside off, Yuvraj cut it towards the point for a single. Raina on strike, a yorker from Watson, DOT BALL. WIDE.  One run of the next two balls. Eight crucial runs off that over, India now need 34 off 18.

Live Cricket Score India  156/3 | Overs 16 | Target 198 | BATTING: Suresh Raina 22(11), Yuvraj Singh 0(2): Andrew gets his seocnd over. Lower full toss, and Raina plays it towards long-on for two runs. DOT BALL. Tyre goes outside off, a short ball and Raina punishes him with a FOUR! This time Raina find the gap between point and short third man, picks another two runs. Just a single, he oushes it towards the midwicket. Yuvraj on strike now. DOT BALL. Raina will keep strike.

STAT ALERT: Virat Kohli has the most number of half-centuries (3) against Australia in Australia.

Live Cricket Score India 147/3 | Overs 15 | Target 198 | BATTING: Suresh Raina 13(6), Yuvraj Singh 0(1): Boyce now for his final over. Kohli smashes him straight away. A shorter delivery from the leg spinner, Kohli picks the cow corner’s boudnary. DOT BALL. Now Kohli targets the wide of long-on, picks another two runs. Two more runs and Kohli brings up his 12th T20I FIFTY. Boyce does it for Australia, Kohli is left on ground in disappointment, an incredible innings comes to an end! Kohli once again tried to go big against Boyce, misses it and eventually saw the ball take his bails off. Yuvi in, DOT BALL to end. This over has opened the contest from both the ends. OUT! Virat Kohli b Cameron Boyce 50(36)

Live Cricket Score India 139/2 | Overs 14 | Target 198 | BATTING: Virat Kohli 42(31), Suresh Raina 13(6): Tait into his final over of the match. Two singles off the first two delievris, Kohli on strike. Excellent yorker from Tait, DOT BALL. A wider dleievry this time is hit by Kohli towards the deep cover for a single. Raina on strike, Tait tried a bouncer but went on a looser dlievry and Raina puches it toward the deep cover for a FOUR. Anotehr two runs from raina to end the over.

Live Cricket Score India 130/2 | Overs 13 | Target 198 | BATTING: Virat Kohli 40(28), Suresh Raina 6(3): Now Boyce into his third over. Rohit on strike, punches it towards the long-off for a single. Kohli makes room, but only managed to cut it towards long-on, still just one. Rohit on strike, and he goes! While Rohit tried to go for a big one off toes, he was caucght by Shane Watson at mid-wicket. Raina comes in, DOT to begin. Bancroft DROPS Raina! Oh dear, what has the keeper done here? And Raina punishes Bancroft for that, SIX over long leg. OUT! Rohit Sharma c Shane Watson b Cameron Boyce 52(38)

Live Cricket Score India 122/1 | Overs 12 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 51(36), Virat Kohli 39(27): Bolland now into his third over. Kohli begins with a single towards the long-off. Rohit on strike, slogs towards the big leg-side boundary and FOUR in front of deep midwicket. He brings up his 9th T20I FIFTY. Five runs off the next four balls. Another 10 runs off it, India areeasily winning it if they go at this rate.

Live Cricket Score India 112/1 | Overs 11 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 45(33), Virat Kohli 35(24): Maxwell gets the ball now. Australia desperately need a wicket here. A full toss from him, Kohli drives it to the deep cover for a single. Kohli on strike, anotehr full toss and Khli pushes it towards the long-off for a single as well.  DOT BALL. Rohit on strike, he goes BIG this time around. AFull toss form Maxwell, Kohli punishes it with a SIX over the short leg boundary. Two singles to end the over. Another 10 runs off it.

Live Cricket Score India 102/1 | Overs 10 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 37(29), Virat Kohli 33(22): Tait is back for his second spell, his third over of the match. Kohli begins driving it towards the long-on for a single. DOT BALL. A mis-hit from Rohit while tried to go for a boundary. JUst one run off it. KOhli on strike. Tait goes wider, Kohli pushes it past point for two more. Two singles in the enxt two balls to end the over.

Live Cricket Score India 96/1 | Overs 9 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 35(27), Virat Kohli 29(19): Boyce in for his second over. This turned out to be a quite over for Idnia as just five runs came from it. Kohli and Rohit also brought up their  50 runs stand in just 36 deliveries and will look to continue their dream form.

Live Cricket Score India 91/1 | Overs 8 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 32(22), Virat Kohli 27(17): Watson is back. And Rohit gives himtaste of his own medicine. While Watson was smashing the Indian bowlers across the aprk earlier, Rohit did that against him. A back-cut and bagged an easy boundary. He now goes towards the long-on for a single. Kohli on strike. He picks the wide of long off and collects an easy two runs. Three singles in the next three deliveries.

Live Cricket Score India 81/1 | Overs 7 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 26(19), Virat Kohli 23(14): Australia gets in leg spinner Cameron Boyce. They need a wicket here, these two have the capability to take away the match from Australia from here. ANd mind you, without any troubles. Rohit faces first ball, he drives to long on for a single. Kohli on strike, punches it towards long off two more. DOT BALL. Kohli targets the gap between between long-off and deep cover but Marsh was quick enough to save a run for Australia. A dot to end, seven runs off it.

Live Cricket Score India 74/1 | Overs 6 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 24(17), Virat Kohli 18(10): Andrew tyre in for his first over, begins well with keeping Kohli quiet with two dots in the first two balls. Kohli now finds a agp between mid-on and midwicket, collects two runs. And now goes BIG! Australia can hardly do anything if Kohli is in this form! He  comes down the track and beautifully making use of the length, picked it for a SIX over long-on. Four runs of the next two balls, anotehr good over for India, 12 runs off it.



Live Cricket Score India 62/1 | Overs 5 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 24(17), Virat Kohli 6(4): Bolland comes in for his second over. Kohli comes down the track and smashes it targeting the gap between mid-off and extra cover, what a shot that was! Vintage Virat. Boland goes outside off now, WIDE BALL. Kohli pushes it towards the third man, runs quickly for a single. Rohit apparently wasn’t ready for it, we almost witnessed another Kohli-Rohit run out here, Surely, Indian fans donot want it now. DOT BALL. Two more runs in the next three balls. And FOUR to end that over, 13 runs off it.

Live Cricket Score India 49/1 | Overs 4 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 18(13), Virat Kohli 1(2): Watson takes the ball now for Australia. And is smashes of immediately by DHawan for a FOUR, towards the point boundary. Not this time, OUT! While Dhawan comes down the crease, tries to replicate the previous shot but manages only an edge taht lands safely into the gloves of Bancroft. Australia could not afford to let these two go on and Watson has made a breakthrough here. What a day Watto has ben having as a skipper! Kohli in, begins with a DOT.He plays the next one to leg, takes a single. DOT BALL. Rohit bags two more to end the over, seven runs and a wicket from Watson’s first over. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan c Cameron Bancroft b Shane Watson 26(9)

Live Cricket Score India 42/0 | Overs 3 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 16(11), Shikhar Dhawan 22(7): Tait continues.  A shorter delivery, Rohit manages to collect anotehr two runs. WIDE BALL. Three more runs for Rohit and India. Dhawan on strike now. WIDE again, Tait struggling here. The extra delivery is punished, FOUR! Dhawan’s powerful, smashes it towards the mid-off boundary. This time he goes big. SIX! A shorter length and full pace, Dhawan takes advantage to punish him. FOUR again, towards the point. Tait is getting crushed here. Dhawan tries to go again, fielder saves a run at cover. 24 runs off that over, BIG BIG over for India.



Live Cricket Score India 18/0 | Overs 2 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 11(9), Shikhar Dhawan 5(3): Scott Boland from the other end for Australia. Rohit faces his first ball, plays it towards deep midwicket for a single. Dhawan on strike. FOUR! Dhawa uses the pace of the ball, smashes it towards the short of the off-side boundary. ONE RUN. Rohit back on strike. Rohit tried to go for a drive, doesn’t connect it. This time he does, FOUR! He uses the room, and pushes it beautifully towards the boundary at the covers. Single to end the over, 11 off it.

Live Cricket Score India 7/0 | Overs 1 | Target 198 | BATTING: Rohit Sharma 5(5), Shikhar Dhawan 0(1): Shaun Tait who was fropped in the previous match is back, opens bowling. Rohit faces the frist delivery, a yorker and Rohit just defends. DOT. Next ball, again no run. Shot, Rohit! He uses all his strength and made use of the gap at extra-covers boundary. Tait goes down the leg side, WIDE BALL. DOT BALL. This time Tait goes leg side, another WIDE. Rohit now takes a single, Dhawan on strike for the first time today. A dot to end the first over, Rohit will take strike. Seven runs off it.



INNINGS REPORT: Shane Watson century propels Australia to 197 for 5 against India in 3rd T20I at SCG

STAT ALERT: Shane Watson’s unbeaten 124 is the highest score by a captain in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is)

Live Cricket Score Australia 197/5 | Overs 20 | BATTING: Shane Watson 124(71), Cameron Bancroft 0(0): Bumrah in for the final over. All he has to do is keep Watson quiet, who has done enough damage. He begins with one run (bye runs), Watson on strike. Bumrah gives Watson a full toss but the batsman could only hit it to the long off for a single. Lynn on strike. Lynn  makes the use of the full toss, pushes it towards the deep mid-wicket for a FOUR. And next ball, OUT! Bumrah makes an excellent comeback, while Lynn cuts it towards cow corner, Jadeja runs covering most of it and takes an excellent catch at deep midwicket. Four more runs off the next two ball, and Australai finish their innings. Shane Watson remains unbeaten, what a time to deliver in the absence of big names and especially when he is leading the side! OUT! Chris Lynn 13(90 c Ravindra Jadeja b Jasprit Bumrah

Live Cricket Score Australia 187/4 | Overs 19 | BATTING: Shane Watson 119(68), Chris Lynn 9(6): Nehra bowling the penultimate over for India. Full toss, Lynn can’t connect it and settles withn a single. ONE RUN. Nehra goes full again, Lynn just pushes it towards the mid-wicket for a single. And finally Nehra pays for his undisciplined bowling, SIX! Nehra misses the length, yorker which is smashed by Watson over the long-on. Two singles in the next two balls, 11 runs off that over.

Live Cricket Score Australia 176/4 | Overs 18 | BATTING: Shane Watson 111(65), Chris Lynn 6(3): Bumrah is brought back. Chris Lyn is the new man in for Australia. Just eight runs from that over, Bumrah still has an over left.

Live Cricket Score Australia 168/4 | Overs 17 | BATTING: Shane Watson 109(62): Jadeja’s final now and Watson welcomes him with a slog sweep SIX towards the leg-side boundary. Jadeja goes outside off this time, Watson drives it to deep cover for two runs. Keeps strike. FOUR now! And with this Watson becomes the second Australian to score a T20I century. He acheives this in just 60 balls. Another sweep shot, Yuvraj Singh tries to stop it but fails and watches it cross the boundary ropes. SIX more! This one was also into the stands of long-off. ONE RUN. WICKET! Jadeja makes it up with a dismissal with Travid Head’s wicket. The batsman had no answer to Jadeja’s yorker getting his middle-stump smacked. 19 runs and a wicket from that over. OUT! Travis Head b Ravindra Jadeja 26(19)

Live Cricket Score Australia 149/3 | Overs 16 | BATTING: Shane Watson 90(57), Travis Head 26(18): Ashwin comes in for his final over. He gives away nine runs and finshes off with figures of 1 for 36. Watson smashes a SIX even in that over, he simply looks unstoppable right now with Indians’ sloppy fielding giving him more chances to continue with it.

Live Cricket Score Australia 140/3 | Overs 15 | BATTING: Shane Watson 82(53), Travis Head 25(16): Jadeja back. Dhoni misses a run out again! Watson gets yet another life. The throw was again from Pandya. After a mis-field at deep cover, Watson ran for a second but manged to make it to the other end when Dhoni did not make a clean collect behind the wickets. Dhoni might have done a blunder there as Watson goes for SIX next ball over the long-on. Pandya flies, in wake to stop the six frm Head, and guess what? He did save it! Head gets just two runs. Two singles fall next, 13 runs off that over. Final 5 overs to go in the first innings.

STAT ALERT: Shane Watson’s 81* is now the highest individual T20I score at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

Live Cricket Score Australia 127/3 | Overs 14 | BATTING: Shane Watson 72(49), Travis Head 22(14): Ashwin in for his third over, Head on strike who cuts it towards off side for a single. Watson on strike, WIDE. Watson tried to go a boundary again, he only managed the fielder at the long-leg (Pandya) who return back quick, two more runs for Watson. ONE RUN. Four runs added more from the next three balls, 9 runs off that over.

Live Cricket Score Australia 118/3 | Overs 13 | BATTING: Shane Watson 68(46), Travis Head 18(11): 14 runs off that over from Pandya. Kohli dropped Watson, making a blunder for India probably here. The Australian skipper is on fire right now! 15 runs off it, another expensive over for India and in favour of the opponents.

Live Cricket Score Australia 103/3 | Overs 12 | BATTING: Shane Watson 56(41), Travis Head 17(10): Yuvi pa continues! And we would have had a run out here. While Watson played it towards the leg side, Jadeja was super quick at deep mid-wicket to throw it back to the stumps at Dhoni. Watson escaped by an inch because Dhoni failed to collect it successfully. Jadeja has always been fantsatic on feild! ONE RUN. Head attacks Yuvraj for a SIX over seep mid-wicket. He now slogs again, FOUR towards the cow corner. One run to end, 14 runs from it. Meanwhile, 100 comes up for Australia.

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Live Cricket Score Australia 89/3 | Overs 10 | BATTING: Shane Watson 53(39), Travis Head 6(6): Hardik Pandya in for his first over. Head faces the first ball, pushes it towards long leg for a single. Watson is playing the captain’s knock here! FOUR! He makes use of the pace, cuts away for a boundary and brings up his 11th T20I fifty for Australia. WIDE BALL. Anotehr wider delivery from Pandya, Watson plays it towards the deep cover for a single. Head on strike. Bowler now goes a little off, Head just defends it, no run. ONE RUN. And Head takes a single of the last ball, will kep strike.

Live Cricket Score Australia 80/3 | Overs 9 | BATTING: Shane Watson 47(36), Travis Head 4(3): And Yuvraj Singh does it again! First-ball wicket! This time it was a big man, Glen Maxwell depart facing just five ball and scoring just three runs. A shot towards the extra-cover, gives a simple catch to Suresh Raina at extra cover, that moment saw the crowd go wild at Sydney Cricket Ground. Travis Head faces his first ball of the match, mis-field by Raina at point which gives him two runs. Travis tries something similar but mis-times it and settles for a one. Two more runs of the next three ball for Australia. OUT! Glenn Maxwell c Suresh Raina b Yuvraj Singh 3(5)

Live Cricket Score Australia 72/2 | Overs 8 | BATTING: Shane Watson 45(31), Glenn Maxwell 1(1): Ashwin enters his second over. And he is smashes for a boundary on the first delivery. A little slower delivery from the bowlers, Marsh was ready to smash it, he makes an early move and a back-cut goes for a FOUR between point and short third man. Two more runs from the next two balls. Marsh on strike. And gone! Ashwin gos slower again seeing the excitement iin him, like previous shot, he again made an early move for a slog sweep and got bowled. Maxwell the new batsman for them. Two runs to end that over, another 9 runs on the Australian board. OUT! Shaun Marsh b Ravichandran Ashwin 9(12)

Live Cricket Score Australia 63/1 | Overs 7 | BATTING: Shane Watson 42(29), Shaun Marsh 4(9): Sir Jadeja in! Idnia need wicket here, can he once again do it for his skipper? Begins with just one run off the first four balls. Marsh on strike. A fuller and faster delivery, Marsh just cuts it to leg for a single. Another half-volley and another FOUR for Watson towards the extra-covers! Six more runs added by Australia.

Live Cricket Score Australia 57/1 | Overs 6 | BATTING: Shane Watson 37(27), Shaun Marsh 3(5): Dhoni introduce Ashwin early this time. Ashwin to Watson, he gently pushes it towards wide of long-on for two runs. DOT BALL. Half-volley from Ashwin, Watson drives it beautifully towards the mid-on for a FOUR. DOT BALL. The next delivery was hit for three runs and then a dot. A total of nine runs off Ahwin’s first over. And this bring up Australia’s first FIFTY of the match.

Live Cricket Score Australia 48/1 | Overs 5 | BATTING: Shane Watson 28(22), Shaun Marsh 3(4): Nehra again. Watson begins with two fantastic boundaries! This form of Watson is no good for India, Dhoni can’t let this dangerous man settle on the crease. Watson seems to be targetting the extra-cobers boudaries, anotehr one there. The next one was with aback cut which goes between the gap between short third man and point. Good comeback from the bowler, two dots follows next. Another lower full toss to Watson, he just drives it to mid-on for a single. Two more runs from marsh to end the over, 11 runs from it.

Live Cricket Score Australia 37/1 | Overs 4 | BATTING: Shane Watson 19(17), Shaun Marsh 1(3): Bumrah continues. Watson on strike, no runs from the first two dleiveries. Bumrah over steps, NO BALL. The next delivery is punished for a FOUR. Bumrah continues his full tosses, this time Watson drives it towards left of the extra covers. Three more singles to end the over. 13 runs off that over, a no ball and result of it did the damage.

Live Cricket Score Australia 24/1 | Overs 3 | BATTING: Shane Watson 9(10), Shaun Marsh 1(2): Nehra again, Watson this time wastes no ball, takes the single hitting it towards the third man. WICKET! Nehra has struck, Khawaja goes. Excellent dleivery, he gets caught by Dhoni behind the wickets, while Khawaja tries to defend. He goes without a dot ball, 100percent strike rate. That brings in Shaun Marsh. He begins with a dot. Another shorter delivery from Nehra, he gets off the mark by pushing it toward sthe third man for a single. A loose delivery from Nehra, Watson simply puleld it into mid-wicket for a SIX. 9 runs off that over. OUT! Usman Khawaja c MS Dhoni b Ashish Nehra 14(6) 

Live Cricket Score Australia 15/0 | Overs 2 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 14(5), Shane Watson 1(7): Jasprit Bumrah with the ball from the other end. Half-volley outside off stump, Khawaja hits it between cover and extra cover. The fielders are behind it, save a run for India while Khawaja and Watson manage to run for three runs. That brings Watson on strike. NO RUN. He has played six balls, still is yet to put his first run on board. And he finally gets off the mark, drives it towards the thirs man for a single. Two FOURS for Khawaja next! His good form in the recently ended BIg Bash League seems to be continuing here. The first boundary was oushed towards the square leg and the other one beat the third man. Two runs off the last ball, 14 runs off that over.

Live Cricket Score Australia 1/0 | Overs 1 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 1(1), Shane Watson 0(5): Jasprit Bumrah doesn’t open bowling this time, Ashish Nehra it is. Nehra to Khawaja, he goes off the mark immediately. He cuts it towards the third man for a single. Watson will be opening for Australia after a long time, he’ll bring in the experience with him. Watson begins with a dot, defends and returns to the bowler. DOT again, this time the extra-cover fielder stops it. Just one run off the first over, Nehra off to a great start!

SQUAD NEWS: Australia have made five changes after the second T20I. Usman Khawaja comes in for injured Aaron Finch, Cameron Bancroft in for Matthew Wade, Travis Head playing the first  T20I was dropped in the second. He comes back replacing James Faulkner. While Cameron Boyce in for Nathan Lyon and the final change is Shaun Tait for John Hastings. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has chosen to field an unchanged side for the final game of this tour.

TOSS UPDATE: Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat first in the final match against India in the ongoing series. 

Playing XI:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia: Shaun Marsh, Usamn Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Shane Watson (c), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Andrew Tye, Cameron Boyce, Scott Boland, Shaun Tait

Australia will be led by Shane Watson in the absence of their regular T20I skipper Aaron Finch. He sustained a hamstring injury while batting during the Melbourne match. Moreover, Steven Smith, David Warner and George Bailey have already departed for New Zealand to begin their preparation for their all-important series against New Zealand. Both the sides are set to play Tests and limited-overs cricket next month.
Meanwhile, the Indian camp will want to enjoy their dominance over the hosts in T20Is. Jaspirit Bumrah who has been their pick of the bowlers will once again be expected to deliver. Along with him Dhoni would want his spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to keep contributing whenever required. The crucial breakthroughs these two make while the opposition batsmen are set on crease, eventually turns out to be a match-turning moments.


India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra

Australia: Shane Watson (c), Usman Khawaja (third T20I), Steven Smith (rested), Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (ruled out of 1st game), Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Scott Boland, John Hastings, David Warner (rested), Nathan Lyon, Cameron Boyce, Chris Lynn, Shaun Tait, Travis Head, Andrew Tye.

LIVE SCORECARD and ball by ball commentary: India vs Australia, 3rd T20I at Sydney