Australia Vs India first T20 2018 match highlights:
- Australia won by 4 runs(DLS method)
- Chasing a revised target of 174 in 17 overs, India managed 169-7
- Australia led the three-match series 1-0. The next T20 will be played on the 23rd of November
Late cameos by Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant went in vain for the Indian team after they fell short by just 4 runs in what was a humdinger of an opening T20 between both the sides. Requiring 174 to win from 17 overs after a brief storm curtailed the match
India almost snatched victory away from the Australians before a brain fade by Krunal Pandya in the last over saw them slip away. With the win, the hosts have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Going ahead with Australia Vs India first T20 2018 match highlights, the Gabba, a ground that is known to a batting paradise stayed true to its nature when the two sides squared off for the first of what will be a long and intense tour for both the nations. Coming out to bat first,
Australia were put on the back foot by pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah with the two bowling an immaculate line and length to restrict Australia to a below par score in the powerplay.
Reaping the rewards of Bumrah’s and Kumar’s controlled bowling was Khaleel Ahmed who opened the wickets column for the visitors with the wicket of opener D’Arcy Short. However, Chris Lynn stepped out with intent, upping the ante as he took on Khaleel Ahmed who became the hosts’ favourite bowler to go after on the day.
Giving him able company was captain Aaron Finch who made the most of his second life after being dropped early on by Virat Kohli to score a steady 27 before eventually departing to Kuldeep Yadav with Khaleel Ahmed latching onto the catch to return Yadav the favour.
Lynn’s menacing innings of 37 off 20 came to an end at just the right time for India with Yadav striking in quick succession, latching onto a catch off his own bowling. Just when India looked to have put the brakes on Australia’s innings, out stepped Glen Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, putting on a partnership that saw them clean out Krunal Pandya and Ahmed who failed to bring about any meaningful changes in their bowling, going for 55 and 42 off their four and three overs respectively.
The onslaught helped Australia put on a revised total of 174 for the visitors after rain reduced the match to 17 overs. In which Australia had reached 158-4. Knowing they would have to tee off from ball one, India got off to a flier with Shikhar Dhawan.
While Dhawan kept scoring at one end, India kept losing wickets at the other to derail their chase by the 10th over. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, two of India’s most important cogs in the chase never looked in their element, departing cheaply to put India in a perilous situation.
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Dhawan’s dismal at 74 meant the curtains were all but pulled on India’s chase before Pant and Karthik went berserk in the 14th over. Taking 25 runs of Andrew Tye, the duo bought India right back into the match with a win looming on the horizon.
With things going steady come the last few overs, Pant played a needless reverse shot to throw his wicket away in what was Tye’s first dot ball of the innings. The last over was the harbinger of more bad news for the Indians with Pandya failing to read Stoinis’ slower ones, getting just 2 off the first three balls to bring an end to India’s chase.
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