BCCI lauds Indian team for whitewashing Australia in T20I series

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Mumbai, Jan 31 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday congratulated the members of the national team for clinching the Twenty20 International series against Australia 3-0.

India’s top batting order put Shane Watson’s unbeaten 86-ball 124 in the shade as they clinched the third and final match by seven wickets to blank Australia 3-0 at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Sunday.

Watson’s superb maiden century powered Australia, batting first, to a handsome 197 for five. In reply, India rode on blistering batting from their top four batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan (26 in nine deliveries), Rohit Sharma (52 in 38), Virat Kohli (50 in 36) and Suresh Raina (49 not out in 38) — to overtake the target in the final over.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni-captained India, earlier won the first two T20Is comfortably in Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.

“It was a superlative performance from Team India to clinch the T20I series in Australia 3-0. I extend my heartiest congratulations to MS Dhoni and his men for doing the nation proud,” BCCI president Shashank Manohar said in a statement.

“With this clean-sweep, India are now the top-ranked team on the ICC Twenty20 International rankings. This victory will go a long way in boosting the young team’s confidence with the ICC World Twenty20 in sight.”

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said: “Team India displayed an immensely special brand of cricket to defeat Australia 3-0 in their own backyard. They not only took the series but also claimed the top spot on the ICC Twenty20 International Rankings.

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“This win, combined with that of India women’s team has brought great joy to the nation.”

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