Bowlers star as India beat Australia by 9 wickets in rain-curtailed mxatch
India rode on a solid show from Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah to beat Australia by nine wickets in the rain-curtailed first T20 in Ranchi.
Riding on sensible batting by skipper Virat Kohli, India achieved the target of 48 runs (in 6 overs) with 3 balls and 9 wickets to spare to continue their winning run against the Australians.
It was the seventh consecutive win for India in the shortest format having lost against the Aussies, way back in 2012 at Dhaka in the ICC World T20.
Indian batsmen had little time to produce fireworks, six overs to be precise, but it was enough for them to spark a nine-wicket win in the first T20I.
After rain forced an early end to Australia’s innings at 118.8 in 18.4 overs, India’s target was set at 48 runs in six overs.
Shikhar Dhawan, coming back in the team opened with Rohit Sharma. Rohit made a positive start by hitting a boundary of the first ball. He also hit a six to set the tempo of the Indian chase of a target, which could prove tricky in situations.
He scored 11 of just 7 balls before Coulter-Nile got better of him. Thereafter, Captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar took Team India across the finishing line, with plenty to spare.
Earlier, Indian bowlers did not take their foot off the pedal as Australia were restricted to a meagre 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs in the first T20 International.
Australia’s batting woes continued as they once again failed to read Kuldeep Yadav’s left-arm wrist spin.
Yadav finished with figures of 2/16 in 4 overs, complemented well by Jasprit Bumrah’s (2/17 in 3 overs) type crushing yorkers.
Yuzvendra Chahal (1/23 in 4 overs) also played his part to perfection. Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got a wicket apiece.
Australia were off to a flyer with 50 runs coming off 37 balls but Chahal provided the vital breakthroughs, dismissing his bunny Glenn Maxwell for a fourth time in four games.
Maxwell, who is often called ‘Big Show’ for promising much and delivering too little as he gave a simple catch to Bumrah at short mid-wicket. This was after Kuldeep dismissed Aaron Finch (42) and Moises Henriques (8) off successive overs.
It was Finch’s dismissal that brought about Australia’s downfall. Finch looked in fine form with four boundaries and one six but against Yadav, he looked determined to play the sweep shot.
After playing five sweep shots, Yadav bowled one fuller that breached his defence.
The wicket virtually sent alarm bells ringing in the Australians camp as Yadav and Chahal went through the middle overs restricting their flow of runs before Bumrah’s twin bursts in the 18th over.
Virat Kohli-led side is now 1–0 ahead in the three-match series.