India Vs Australia First T20 match highlights:
- Australia won by 3 wickets, winning off the last ball of the match
- Chasing the 127 run target by India, Australia reached the score with a double off the last ball to reach 127-7
- Australia led the 2 match series 1-0. The last match will be played on February 27 at 7:00 pm
A resounding first T20 between India and Australia was the perfect way to begin the two-match Paytm series as a humdinger of a series opener went right down to the last ball. Needing 14 runs to win off the last over, the visitors found getting off Umesh far too easy as the pacer erred in line and length continuously, allowing the tail to hit him for what was a daunting target. A double of the last ball with a shot hit straight down the ground brought up an unlikely win for Australia and took them to a crucial 1-0 lead in the series.
Coming back to India Vs Australia First T20, losing the toss and asked to bat first by Australia, a decision that even Kohli would have opted for, India got off to a bad start with opener Rohit Sharma departing for just 5. However, the second wicket stand between Kohli and Rahul ensured that it was just a blimp for the hosts as barring Behrendorff, the rest of the Australian pacers looked far from threatening with Indian making the most of what was a fine batting pitch in their early part of the innings.
As the scoreboard read 49-1 at the end of the powerplay overs, India’s position looked one from which even 180 would be possible. The runs were flowing at will and Virat Kohli, making a return to international cricket after a month looked in scintillating touch, flicking, driving and cutting the ball in such spectacular style.
Unfortunately for the Indians, it was from that exact moment that the hosts’ innings started dwindling. As the visiting side brought on their wrist spinners immediately after the field restrictions were lifted, Kohli became the first of a long list of wickets to crumble for India as he failed to get the required elevation on his shot, holing Zampa to Nathan Coulter-Nile to depart for 24.
Falling like a house of cards from thereon, India’s middle-order showed yet again why it is so fickle, failing to make the most of the foundation provided by India’s top order. Pant was sent back for just 3 after he was run-out, Karthik added just 1 and the lower middle-order showed no semblance owing to nothing, lazy shots to incur their own downfall.
Dhoni’s innings at the end of the match for India was a bemusing one as he failed to up the ante for India, looking to just add runs to his kitty rather than contributing to India’s cause. He kept refusing the single, taking wild heaves for nothing to reach 29 off 37 balls that saw India end up way below they would have liked, leaving Australia in a healthy position as they went into the match.
Knowing that wickets and nothing else would keep them alive in the chase, India got off to the perfect start with Cummins being run-out and Bumrah yet again sending Finch packing to peg Australia to 5-2. Steadying the ship from there on though was the third wicket partnership for them, holding the fort and slowly and steadily taking their side to a position of strength with an 84 run stand.
As the match started slipping away from India’s grasps, the home side showed immense fighting spirit to make a meal out of a nothing encounter, hitting back in double quick time as the equation read 17 from the final 2 overs. And just 3 runs and 2 wickets off the 19th by Bumrah, an over that was spectacular, especially more so given the circumstances saw the topsy turvy match turn India’s way, before Umesh yet again falter, giving away too many looseners to lose his side a match that was meant to be theirs.
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