India vs Australia 1st T20 Highlights: Australia beat India by four wickets in the first T20 International, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Cameron Green’s blistering innings coupled with Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 45 off 21 balls helped the Kangaroos to race to victory with four balls to spare.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya (71 not out) and KL Rahul (55) scored smashed half-centuries to help India reach 208/6 in 20 overs after Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to field first. Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant were not included in the playing XI for India.
Brief Scores: India- 208/6 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 71 not out, KL Rahul 55; Nathan Elis 3/30, Josh Hazlewood 2/39) vs Australia.
Australia- 211/6 in 19.2 over (Cameron Green 61, Matthew Wade 45 not out; Axar Patel 3/17)
Harshal Patel stood there, scratching his chin during the 18th over where he bled 22 runs. He could well have been scratching his head.So will Harshal do well in Australia? He will have to include a few changes in his style, if the first T20 in Mohali offers us any clues. His strength is the slower ball that he pings down on the track, gets the sluggish pitch to suck in the ball almost – rather the ball holds up on the pitch as they say – to upset the downward bat swing and timing of the batsman. Not on these kind of belters or true bounce pitches of Australia, though.So there he was trying that ball to Matthew Wade and saw it being thrown back from deep square-boundary. Even his full slower ones, the off-breakish variety, usually needs something from the pitch to grip and break to upset the batsman’s shot. Here it skids and floats and Tim David slugged it over long-on. Harshal Patel could have been a natural bowler for last year’s T20 World Cup. He wasn’t in the squad. For him to step-up and perform in next month’s T20 World in Australia, he will have to make a few changes. If the pitches in the next two T20’s turn out to be slower, he can do his thing. For the sake of the World Cup, it might be good if they are not, so that he finds out what he needs to do to amp up his game.- By Sriram Veera
Yuzvendra Chahal comes in to bowl the last over and picks up Tim David on the first ball. Pat Cummins, comes to the crease and hits a four! GAME OVER ! A monumental win for the Kangaroos! AUS: 211/6 in 19.2 overs
Bhuvneshwar goes short to Matthe Wade and concedes three back to back boundaries. What a great partnership this from Wade and David. From needing 55 off 24 to winning with nearly an over to spare. Bhuvi ends conceding 52 from his four overs. Score after 19 overs, AUS: 207/5
Matthew Wade, was dropped off the first ball of the over by the bowler himself and he makes him pay with a six. Its an expensive over. 6 1 6 1 6 2 = 22 runs off the over | Score after 18 overs, AUS: 191/5 | Australia need 18 runs in 12 balls
Matthew Wade, after walking in, has gone slam-bang and smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 15 runs in one over. Three wides add more misery! Score after 17 overs, AUS: 169/5, need 40 runs off 18 balls
Tu catch pakda na? (You took the catch, right?) Rohit Sharma could be heard mouthing to Dinesh Karthik after he had already gone for DRS when Glenn Maxwell had plausibly edged behind one attempted pull.
The umpire had signalled that he didn’t hear anything (possibly in the raucous din at Mohali stadium) and so initially the question seemed all about whether there was an edge. Rohit was pretty confident he had heard and had asked for DRS immediately. Then came the doubt. He turned and asked Karthik the wicketkeeper whether he had cleanly pouched the dipping ball.
Karthik did the Indian head nod and said something (unclear) and Rohit in jest shook him and mock-strangled him! DK was all smiles.
Then as he waited for the third umpire to make the call, Rohit was seen shaking his head and chattering away with a few cuss words of course. The third umpire saw the edge and went to on-field umpire Ananthapadmanabhan, claiming the edge.
But Anantha was also having Rohit’s initial doubts, and asked the third umpire to check if the catch was clean. Luckily, for India and Karthik, it was!
– Sriram Veera
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Axar Patel cleans up Josh Inglis! The batter is bowled around his legs. Inglis was looking good but leaves his leg stump exposed and falls for 17. Axar ends his spell with figures of 4-0-17-3 | Score after 15 overs, AUS: 148/5
Despite wickets falling at the other end, Inglis continues to deal in boundaries. A short one from Pandya and he makes room and gets an outside edge. The ball races away to the boundary. Score after 14 overs, AUS: 145/4
Umesh Yadav gets two in the over as Glenn Maxwell departs for 1. Good review from Rohit and Co. Score after 12 overs, AUS: 123/4
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Steve Smith has been dismissed and caught behind. Umesh Yadav responds strongly after getting hit for back-to-back boundaries.
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Earlier this month, Cameron Green passed an important milestone. It wasn’t about runs, wickets or catches, he won the respect of the Aussie dressing room – a place where the weak are historically looked down upon and brave are those who shed blood and sweat for the baggy green. In a game against the opponents they hate to lose, New Zealand, the all-rounder endured physical pain to see his team through. Hardly able to move because of cramps, he hit a career best-89 not out as the Aussies survived a late collapse to go past the Black Caps’ modest target of 232. He couldn’t run, couldn’t even use his feet while at the crease. Trust the tough Aussie commentators to pull the leg of their young mate. From the Fox Cricket commentary box Kerry O’Keeffe said “I’ve seen statues with more leg movement than him.” For Brad Haddin, Green was straight shoo-in to play Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man. But that’s how the Aussies show their love. And when the time came to push someone up the order when India posted a 200 plus score, young Green was called in to take up the job of the stand-in opener. First 4 balls, 4 fours, Green was Wizard of Oz himself.
– By Sandeep Dwivedi
Axar Patel strikes again to dismiss Cameron Green who departs after scoring 61 (30). Virat Kohli takes a good high catch. He is not dropping those. AUS 109/2 in 10.1 overs
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Cameron Green brings up his maiden 50 after being asked to open the batting! What a fantastic innings this has been from him. He has scored at a stunning strike rate of 207.7 !! Meanwhile, the 100 has also come up for Australia. Score after 10 overs, AUS: 109/1
Dropped! Axar Patel puts down Camerono Green at deep midwicket! This might be too costly! But that’s not all as KL Rahul drops Steve Smith in the next over. This time Axar is the bowler! What is happening here from India.
2 1 6 0 6 4 = 19 runs from the over! Another big over for Australia. Chahal is on the receiving end of a brutal attack from Green who seems unstoppable. India needs to get rid off Green before its too late. Who will Rohit turn to? Score after 7 overs, AUS: 79/1
Cameron Green smacks Chahal for another four and then a leg-bye of Harshal Patel brings up the fifty for the Kangaroos. Green does hit the ball immensely hard, just bludgeoning the ball here in Mohali. He ends the PowerPlay with another cracking boundary of Harshal Patel. Score after 6 overs, AUS: 60/1
India get the breakthrough as Axar Patel strikes in his first over! The change in bowling has worked for Rohit and Finch is clean bowled for 22 off 13 balls. Steven Smith, the right-handed batter, comes to the crease. Score after 4 overs, AUS: 40/1
Cameron Green scores four back-to-back boundaries against Umesh Yadav. There is no swing on offer and hence lengths should be shorter. Indian bowlers seem to be missing a trick! Score after 2 overs, AUS: 24/0
Finch and Green are at the crease. Finch is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack. And it’s a first ball SIX! Bhuvneshwar bowls it full outside off and Finch hits it over the top for a huge six! However, just 2 more runs come off the next five balls. Good comeback from Bhuvi!
Last over now and Green will bowl this one. Hardik is on some otherworldly form as three sixes finishes off India’s innings. What a knock by Hardik!!! IND finish at 208/6 after 20 overs
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, Umesh Yadav
Australia Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Josh Inglis, Nathan Ellis