In the 1st T20I of the India tour of Australia, India set up a target of 162 for the hosts. In reply, the Aussies only managed to score 150, the Men in Blue won the match by 11 runs. With this win, team India goes 1-0 up in the T20I bilateral series
Australia started the run chase on a positive note, Aaron Finch (35) and Darcy Short (35) started attacking the Indian bowlers in the powerplay. Ravindra Jadeja’s substitute due to concussion Yuzvendra Chahal got Finch’s wicket in the eighth over when the Aussie skipper was looking dangerous. The substitute Chahal struck once again and sent the in-form Steve Smith back to the pavilion in the 10th over when he was caught in the deep by Sanju Samson. Glenn Maxwell couldn’t contribute much with the bat as he was struck in front of the stumps on T Natarajan’s bowling. Short and Moises Henriques built a small partnership, Natarajan gave the breakthrough when the southpaw was caught at log-on by Hardik Pandya in the 15th over.
Mathew Wade slog-swept the ball straight in the hands of Virat Kohli at the deep mid-wicket and started walking towards the pavilion without contributing much with the bat. Deepak Chahar got rid of the well-set Henriques and put the host in a difficult situation. In the following over, Natarajan knocked Mitchell Starc’s off stump. There was a little fightback at the back end of the innings from Sean Abbott and Mitchell Simpson which wasn’t good enough and the hosts fell short of 11 runs.
For the Men in Blue, Chahal and Natarajan pocketed three wickets each while Chahar grabbed one with conceding 29 runs in his allotted four overs.