KL Rahul (55 out of 35 balls) and Hardik Pandya (71 did not go out 30) helped India to win a difficult 208 victory after Australia put the home team in a losing position.
Transcript | As it happened
Australia dominated the race, going home with a 19.2 pass. Last year’s World Cup hero Matthew Wade (45 no more than 21) and Cameron Green (61 off 30) plays special shots to make rigid targets for short periods of time.
It’s a formidable total but the way Australia started, an early finish was in its favor.
Opening the international cricket tournament for the first time, Green was in a menacing mood as he hit back Umesh Yadav for four consecutive boundaries in his first T20 since February 2019.
The seasoned Indian player felt the heat immediately and resorted to slower bowling balls on his first try, but to no avail.
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There was no thick fog but no swings were provided for both Umesh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The hitters can hit through the fence, making the Indian attack look very normal.
Outstanding bowler for India, Axar Patel, eliminating opposing captain Aaron Finch for the much-needed breakthrough. However, more carnage ensued as Green, who wasn’t even on Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, toyed with the bowling ball while Steve Smith enjoyed himself from the other end.
In the eighth inning, he overcame Yuzvendra Chahal with a few six and a four for one over 19. India dropped Green and Smith didn’t help their cause either.
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At 109 points for 1/10, Australia ran away before the competition before India hit back with three quick hits, two of which came via Rohit Sharma’s superb DRS calls, leaving Smith and Glenn Maxwell back Hut.
With 5 shots in hand, Australia needs 55 of the last 24 balls.
However, Australia’s debutant, Tim David on the seasoned Wade’s team, went ballistic in the death spin to complete a fine chase.
Two big performances in which Bhuvneshwar leaked 15 and Harshal 22 sealed the fate of the home team.
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Earlier, Rahul made a statement with a high-quality knock-out before Hardik broke the 71 undefeated, including five sixes.
Suryakumar Yadav also played some spectacular shots on 46 of his 25 balls. Expecting dew, Australia chose the bowl.
Jasosystem Bumrah, who was cast for the series after recovering from a back injury, was surprisingly not chosen for the series opener. Dinesh Karthik was picked before Rishabh Pant.
After Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli fell cheaply, Rahul and Suryakumar shared 68 saves on 42 balls. It rained at six o’clock when they were in the middle.
Rahul’s walk across the trees to send Josh Hazlewood across the corner made it clear his intentions before he smacked Cameron Green with a six-strong slam on his deep square leg. Suryakumar’s style of play is often awe-inspiring and the Mohali crowd has seen him at his deadliest form.
Of his four shots, his good over-foot spin against a good-length ball from Cummins was the standout. India were able to maintain their tempo in the middle round as Suryakumar picked leggie Adam Zampa for two consecutive sixth rounds in a long and deep play.
Hardik then took over and pushed India past 200. He was quick to punish anything short from the catchers and his catch that knocked Pat Cummins in the 18th round was the highlight. of his entertaining shot.
He beat Green three times in a row by six points in the 20th half, including an equalizer in the mid wicket area. The last five passes yield 67 runs.