October 3, 2022
India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Australia tear into Indian attack, gun down 209-run target to take 1-0 lead

India’s weaknesses with the ball were laid bare as Australia comfortably chased down the target of 209 for a four-wicket win in the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday. KL Rahul (55 off 35 balls) and Hardik Pandya (71 not out on 30) helped India post 208 for six after Australia were called to bat. Australia dominated the run chase in 19.2 overs chasing home. Last year’s World Cup heroes Matthew Wade (45 not out on 21) and Cameron Green (61 off 30) made short work of a tight target by playing special innings.

It was a formidable total but the way Australia started, it was over early.

Opening for the first time in international cricket, Green was in a menacing mood as he hit four consecutive boundaries off Umesh Yadav, who made his first T20I comeback since February 2019.

The veteran Indian pacer immediately felt the heat, and resorted to slow deliveries in his very first over, which did not work.

There was no heavy dew but no swing to offer for both Umesh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The batsmen were able to hit through the line, which made the Indian attack seem too normal.

Axar Patel, the stand out bowler for India, achieved the much-needed breakthrough by removing opposition skipper Aaron Finch. However, more carnage was in store as Green, who was not even a part of Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, messed with the bowling while Steve Smith enjoyed from the other end.

In the eighth over, he hit Yuzvendra Chahal for two sixes and a four for 19 runs. India dropped Green and Smith didn’t help his cause either.

At 109 for one in 10 overs, Australia were running out of the competition before India fought back with three quick wickets, two of which came through a brilliant DRS call from Rohit Sharma, which saw Smith and Glenn Maxwell back to the hut. sent in.

With five wickets in hand, Australia needed 55 runs in the last 24 balls.

However, Australia debutant Tim David, in the company of the experienced Wade, did ballistics to set up a fine run chase in the death overs.

Two big overs in which Bhuvneshwar took 15 and Harshal 22 sealed the fate of the home team.

Earlier, Hardik smashed an unbeaten 71, which included five sixes, before Rahul made a statement with a high-quality innings.

Suryakumar Yadav also played an innings of 46 runs in 25 balls.

Hoping for dew, Australia decided to bowl.

Jasprit Bumrah, who was picked for the series after recovering from a back injury, was not surprisingly picked for the series opener. Dinesh Karthik was selected ahead of Rishabh Pant.

Rahul and Suryakumar shared a 42-ball 68-run partnership after Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli fell cheaply. It was raining sixes when they were in the middle.

His intention was clear as Rahul walked across the stumps to send Josh Hazlewood to cow corner before he smashed Cameron Green for a six at deep square leg.

Suryakumar’s playing style is often awe-inspiring and the Mohali crowd saw him in his deadly form.

Out of his four sixes, his SWAT at fine leg off a good length delivery from Cummins stood out.

India were able to maintain their momentum in the middle overs as Suryakumar picked leggie Adam Zampa for two consecutive sixes at long on and deep midwicket.

After this Hardik took over and pushed India past 200. He was quick to cut anything short of fast bowlers and his pick-up shot from Pat Cummins in the 18th over was the highlight of his entertaining innings.


He hit three consecutive sixes off Green in the 20th over, including a flat in the mid-wicket area. 67 runs came off the last five overs.

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