India Vs Australia First T20: A topsy turvy encounter, one that kept us on the edge of our seats, going down to the last ball was ultimately sealed by Australia who managed to scamper 2 runs off the last delivery to win by 3 wickets. Huffing and puffing after registering a well below par total, India came back in the match in the last 5 overs, showing stunning fighting spirits to make something from a position of no return.
Unfortunately for India, despite their last over heroics, the match was lost with them failing to get on top of the key moments in the series opener. Underwhelming when it mattered the most, the side lost the main battles, faltering at all the wrong periods in the game to eventually go down in the series by 1-0.
India Vs Australia First T20: Key Moments
India’s Middle-Order Fails to Impress
When Kohli departed at 69-2, the scoreboard made for a pretty viewing for India, one from which they looked to easily pivot themselves to at least 160. Unfortunately for them, the middle-order yet again failed, failing to deliver when needed most with 3 of the 4 batsmen following Kohli putting on a collective 5 runs on the board.
What was more disappointing to see was the horrid way in which they threw away their wickets. Failing to understand the situation of the game, wild lashes at every delivery resulted in their demise with Pant leaving for 3 and Karthik just putting on 1 as India put in a maligned performance for overs 10-20. Just the 32 runs and 4 wickets from 8 overs tell you everything you need to know about India’s innings.
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India’s Spinners Return with Just 2 Wickets
With Australia’s slower bowlers causing all sorts of problem to India, the hosts who went in with three wrist spinners were expected to huff and puff and trouble Australia similarly with their ominous deliveries. They were innocuous though, failing to get the purchase the pitch had on offer, picking up just the 2 wickets in the 12 overs sent down between them.
Their poor showing ended up costing India the match so much, as it came at a time when the third wicket stand was growing in strength for Australia. Finding it all too easy to work the slower bowlers around the park to keep moving the chase at a brisk rate, Australia had no troubles in seeing of what was supposed to be India’s biggest threat.
Australia Scoring 14 off the Last Over
India kept snapping at Australia’s heels in a cliff-hanger of an encounter and with Bumrah bowling a spotless 19th, picking up 2 wickets and giving away just 3 runs, the home side looked certain to win the clash as they defended 14 in the final over.
Given the responsibility to take away a win, Umesh who failed to do the requisite task more often than not now failed once again for the hosts. Needed to just keep it simple, he failed to bowl to the field, sending down low full tosses. He lost the match on his own merit for India, with a performance that left the Indians rueing what could have been.
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