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India vs Australia, 1st T20I Report – Australia completes a record chase to go 1-0 up

Despite putting up a hefty total on the board, India failed to restrict Australia in the opening T20I at the PCA stadium, Mohali. Hardik Pandya’s blitzkrieg went in vain as Matthew Wade and Tim David saw the visiting unit cruise in the death overs.

Despite putting up a hefty total on the board, India failed to restrict Australia in the opening T20I at the PCA stadium, Mohali. Hardik Pandya’s blitzkrieg went in vain as Matthew Wade and Tim David saw the visiting unit cruise in the death overs.

Australia won the toss earlier and asked India to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli departed very early, but Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul put together an exemplary partnership to keep the scorecard ticking. The duo mixed caution and aggression well and added 72 runs for the third wicket.

Rahul was dismissed soon after his half-century, and Suryakumar too fell just short of a well-deserved fifty. With India at 131/4 in 14 overs, Hardik Pandya took over the mantle and smoked the bowlers to all parts. In the last three overs, India made 48 runs and finished with 208 runs on the board.

Hardik Pandya, who hit three sixes off the final three balls, finished unbeaten on 71 off 30 balls. Nathan Ellis was the pick of the Aussie bowlers, who returned with figures of 3/30.

Aaron Finch and Cameron Green wasted no time in accelerating, adding 30 runs in no time for the opening wicket. After Finch fell, Green stitched a fantastic 70-run stand with Steve Smith which saw the game slip away from India’s control. Australia was cruising at the halfway stage, and the scoring rate was well under control too.

However, a surprise two-wicket over from Umesh Yadav, which saw Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith walk back, got India back in the game. Axar Patel picked up two more wickets to dismiss Green (61 off 30 balls) and Josh Inglis, which left 55 runs to be scored in the final four overs.

Matthew Wade turned out to be the death overs hero, who smacked 15 runs off Bhuvneshwar’s 17th over and bettered it by hammering Harshal Patel for 22 runs. With 17 runs to get in two overs, Bhuvneshwar conceded 15 runs in the 19th, making it a mere formality for Australia in the final.

Brief Scores

India: 208/6 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 71*, KL Rahul 55, Suryakumar Yadav 46)

Australia: 211/6 in 19.2 overs (Cameron Green 61, Matthew Wade 45*; Axar Patel 3/17)

Australia won by 4 wickets