Australia vs India, 1st T20I

India in Australia, 3 T20I Series, 2020 | 1st T20I | Friday 4th December | 08:10
 Match Ended
150/7 (20.0) RR:7.50
161/7 (20.0) RR:8.05
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That's all from this game! India take a 1-0 lead in this 3-match T20I series after a convincing win. Australia, on the other hand, will be disappointed with their performance. The second T20I will be played on 6th December 2020 in Sydney. That match will begin at 1910 Local (0810 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers.

Virat Kohli, the winning captain, says that Yuzvendra Chahal coming into the team was not planned. Says that the concussion substitute worked in this game but may not work all the time. States that Chahal bowled well and that the boys showed overall character. Adds that he feels the Australians had a great start and were cruising. States that his team put the pressure on the Aussies and pulled it back. Believes it is important to keep coming back. In Australia, if one needs to play, they must play with the right intent. On Jadeja, Kohli states that he played really well. Also lauds Natarajan, Chahar and Sundar for their performances. Praises Samson and credits the outstanding catch for bringing his team back in the match. Feels Hardik also did well on the field.

Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, says that he is a bit unsure whether he has a bit of a leg or hip injury. On Jadeja not being able to play and Chahal replacing him, Finch says that the doctor stated that Jadeja would not be in a position to play. He says that they cannot challenge the opinion of a medical expert. Adds that they gave away a lot of runs at the death and with the bat, they failed to find the boundaries which was important in a run chase like this.

Yuzvendra Chahal is the MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that obviously it is a great feeling. States that he suddenly got to know that he would play. Says that 10-15 minutes before the chase began, he got to know that he can play and then he did some warm-ups. Tells that at the half-way mark, India had a good score. Feels 160-165 would always be a difficult score to chase. Adds that he bowled according to his plans.

Earlier, in the day, Jadeja's blitz helped India post a challenging score on a tough wicket. He was brilliant in this game. KL Rahul was good as well while the others struggled. Australia's bowling was good at the start and in the middle, but they lost their lines and lengths at the death. They were punished by Jadeja. In the end, 161 proved to be enough for India as they ended up winning by 11 runs. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!

Australia's batting was not upto the mark. They started off well with Finch attacking from ball one and Short playing a perfect supporting role for him. But once, Finch fell to Chahal, they lost their way. Smith and Maxwell did not last long while Short struggled throughout his innings before he fell. Henriques tried hard but with partners running out, he had too much to do in the end and they collapsed to a 11-run defeat. They would be a very disappointed bunch as they would have believed that they will be able to chase this score down at one point.

India's bowling was brilliant. All the bowlers bowled exceptionally well with only Shami being a little expensive. It all started with Chahal who was brought in as a concussion substitute. He started it all with gettting the big wicket of Aaron Finch and then sent Steven Smith back to the dugout in quick time. Chahal was economical as well and he was well supported by Washington Sundar. Sundar did not pick up any wickets but the way he kept it tight was crucial for India's chances. T Natarajan was the star on his T20I debut as he picked up a 3-fer, including the wicket of the Big Show, Glenn Maxwell. All the bowlers kept it tight and did not give much away. Overall, it was an excellent bowling performance.

A comprehensive victory for India in the end. They had a respectable score to defend and they have bowled extremely well to defend this score with some ease. They get back-to-back wins in Canberra, one in the last ODI and now in the first T20I and move back to Sydney for the remaining two T20Is with confidence. Virat Kohli will be one happy captain.

Over: 20 | 15 Runs
AUS: 150/7
4 19.6
Mohammed Shami to Mitchell Swepson

FOUR! An effort too late. Back-to-back wins for India at the Manuka Oval. Full and around off, Mitchell Swepson clears his front leg and launches it over covers. Hardik Pandya runs in to his left from long off but cannot cut it off. A boundary results but THE INDIANS WIN BY 11 RUNS!

6 19.5
Mohammed Shami to Mitchell Swepson

SIX! Where does this one go? All the way. Full and around off, Swepson clears his front foot and lofts it over mid off. Looks to be a catch for Pandya at long off.... he stretches but the ball goes well over him in the end.

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