That's it from our coverage of another appalling fixture between India and Australia as the men in blue clinch another series. Ninaad Dixit here signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Akshaya Krishna Polya and scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer. Stay tuned for more cricketing action from around the world.
Axar Patel (Player of the Match): "I was trying to flight the ball. I am bowling well since the first match. I know the ball is leaving the hand well. If there is an over that goes for runs so its not too stressful. There are other factors as well when you lose a match but I was just bowling at my strength and my 100%. If I do that and someone hits me for runs then you need to be mentally strong for the next game. You need to bowl stump to stump when there is dew and that's what we did.
You can't think that a lefty will hit me for runs, if you bowl in his arc, he will definitely hit you. You try a lot of things in practice but you are successfully executing new things on the field, it boosts your confidence."
Axar Patel is the player of the match!
Suryakumar Yadav (India Captain): "Yeah... Chuckles... Apart from the toss, I think the rest of the things have gone our way tonight. But yeah, the toss didn't go our way. The boys have shown characters and still fight to the end of the game, and winning was brilliant. It was most important for us.
We spoke in the meeting before the game to go out, and I said to them to express themselves and be fearless.
After losing a few quick wickets, the wickets of the senior batters, credit goes to those youngsters (Rinku and Jitesh) for the way they batted and got us to a competitive score.
Chuckles... (On not giving the spinners a bowl in the death overs). I always love to put Axar Patel under pressure. He bowls very well when put under pressure. The way he bowled tonight was unbelievable. The plan was very clear, to bowl yorkers on the stumps, and we'll take it from there. If that doesn't work, we'll see what happens.
There will be changes in Bengaluru, but not sure what's it (Smiles)."
Gamechanger of the Match: Axar Patel
Matthew Wade (Australia Captain): "We didn't play spin very well through the middle. They got a hold of us in the 4th or 5th over and then they didn't really let go so we lost a few too many wickets. Tim David had to take some air out of the game before he could launch in the end. Some areas to tidy up especially against the spin.
The bowlers coming in did a really good job. We just couldn't back them with the bat. Dwarshuis was very good tonight. Jason Behrendorff being a great force and Green to come in and do what he did for us today was really important.
McDermott and Philippe are gonna get another opportunity to play at a wonderful stadium. Just to see those guys get another chance and take the opportunity as well. We are looking forward to that and the World cup is coming up as well so it is going to be really the key."
Matthew Wade, Suryakumar Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Axar Patel are involved in a funny chat.
10:46 PM IST and Local Time: We are ready with the post-match presentations...
Best bowling figures for India against Australia in T20Is:
4/11 - Ravichandran Ashwin, Mirpur, 2012
4/36 - Hardik Pandya, Sydney, 2018
3/16 - Jasprit Bumrah, Visakhapatnam, 2019
3/16 - Axar Patel, Raipur, Today
3/17 - Axar Patel, Mohali, 2022
Ravi Bishnoi: "Thank you so much for your wishes, sir (on Deep Dasgupta congratulating India for their series win). Nothing as such. There were no particular plans for my bowling in the Powerplay. It was the demand of the situation, and I just came and executed what I could do. Surya bhai (Suryakumar Yadav) asked me to bowl in the Powerplay, and I am happy to come and deliver for my side when needed. The atmosphere in this dressing room is great, we're all of similar age and have played together a lot.
The ball is coming out of the hand nicely. Happy with my performance. My coach (Sairaj Bahutule) likes the way I am performing. He said to keep doing the same things as I am doing now. He backs our strengths and backs us 100%, he says feel free to try new things that you're sure about."
Most consecutive T20I series wins at home:
India- 14* Australia- 8 South Africa- 7
10:31 PM IST and Local Time: India wrap up the game by 20 runs and take the unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5-match T20I series. Suryakumar Yadav gets a series win in his kitty, his first assignment as skipper of the men in blue.
Matthew Wade called "heads" at the toss with the coin falling in his favour. India were sent in to back and on the back of handy contributions from openers Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and in the middle order from Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma, they put up a challenging 174/9 on the board.
The man in solid form, Travis Head started off in aggressive manner hitting 31 in 16 balls before he was sent back by the pick of the bowlers Axar Patel (3/16). Josh Philippe opening the innings was the first wicket to fall with Ravi Bishnoi getting his scalp on the very first ball of the spell.
The couple of wickets opened the floodgates with spinners dominating and taking 4 wickets amongst them. Axar removed Aaron Hardie, Ben McDermott with Deepak Chahar removing the hard hitting Tim David in the 15th over.
In his final over, Chahar got the prized wicket of Matt Short who was looking set hitting 22 in 19 balls. Avesh Khan also chipped in with a wicket dismissing Ben Dwarshuis with a peach of a delivery. Mukesh Kumar was the only wicketless bowler for India and was expensive conceding 42 runs in 4 overs.
Skipper Matthew Wade batted at number 7 and top scored with an unbeaten 36 in 23 balls with the help of 2 fours and as many sixes. The question of him batting up the order will pop up again when India takes on Australia in the fifth and final T20I of the series at Bengaluru in a couple of days.
India won by 20 runs taking a 3-1 lead in the series. Stay tuned as we return with the post match presentation.
19.6 A Khan to M Wade
1 That's the win for India! They take an unassailable 3-1 lead! 130.7 kph. Full on the stumps, Wade swipes towards Jaiswal at deep midwicket for a single.