Australia got off to a flyer thanks to Usman Khawaja (26 off 16) and Aaron Finch (43 off 34), but after the left-hander fell the wheels came off. Khawaja was caught behind off Ashish Nehra (1-20 off four) to leave Australia at 1-54 after 4.2 overs, and the runs dried up from there.
David Warner was the next man out, stumped for 6 off the bowling of Ravi Ashwin (1-31 off two) before Steve Smith was controversially given out caught behind off Yuvraj Singh’s first ball (1-19 off three).
The Australian captain left the field unhappy, apparently unconvinced he had hit it, and snicko seemed to agree.
Handy contributions from Glenn Maxwell (31 off 28) and Shane Watson (18 off 16 not out) bolstered the total, before 10 runs from two balls from Peter Nevill in the final over took Australia to 160.
India started the chase nervously. Their top order took their time early on, went nowhere and forced themselves into rash shots to throw it away and slumped to 49-3 around the 8-over mark. What ensued was a horror combination of bizarre and frustrating. Yuvraj hurt his ankle very early in the piece. Despite clearly in pain, he decided to battle it through. The run rate kept growing and Yuvraj just couldn’t tee off. When he departed, India were left with 67 to get in 6 overs. With Dhoni joining Virat, the pair started thundering between the wickets, tearing the pitch off. Ones became twos and the urgency was brilliant to watch. A massive 19-run over with 39 needed from 18 balls tilted it heavily in India’s favour as Kohli just showboated with those outrageous strokes to whip Faulkner apart.
Virat-Superman-Kohli! Perhaps we should refer him like that from now on. What to say about this innings! Even if I use all the vocabulary that I possess, still I wouldn’t be able to do justice to that knock. And how many times has he done that in a chase. Probably 30 years down the line, when coaches and analysts want a template on how to chase, then they will play endless videos of Kohli used to do it. In the 90s there was Michael Bevan who was regarded as the best finisher in a chase, then came Dhoni, but Kohli has surpassed them all. Endless list of games he has won and today he won it with pure cricketing shots, strokes that would not have been out of place in a Test match. He seems to do it at will – a sign of a champion!