In a topsy-turvy contest, Australia managed to clinch a thrilling win over India in the opening T20 game of the series played in Visakhapatnam. Glenn Maxwell produced a crucial half-century to help Australia beat India by three wickets. With this result, Australia have taken 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
In pursuit of 127 runs, Marcus Stoinis was dismissed in a terrible mix-up with D’Arcy Short to see Australia lose an early wicket. Pace bowler Jaspreet Bumrah once again managed to dismiss skipper Aaron Finch to help India take control of the game. Glenn Maxwell came to the crease to join D’Arcy Short in the middle. The duo put on a 84 run partnership to rebuild the innings and keep Australia in the hunt to win the game.
Short played well and scored run-a ball 37 runs with the help of five fours. He played a supporting role to Maxwell, who scored 56 off 43 balls with the help of six fours. Jaspreet Bumrah dismissed Peter Handscomb and Nathan Coulter-Nile to keep India’s hopes alive of winning the game. With the visitors needing 14 runs off the final over, Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins played well to take Australia to victory.
Pace bowler Umesh Yadav erred in his lengths and conceded two boundaries to see India lose the game. Jaspreet Bumrah was standout bowler for the side with three wickets to his name. The spinners were unable to create enough against the likes of Maxwell and Short.
Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile played leading roles to see Australia beat India in the 1st T20I played in Vizag
Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff dismissed Rohit Sharma in the second over of the innings. Lokesh Rahul played well in his comeback game for India. He added 55 runs with Virat Kohli to rebuild the innings after the loss of early wicket.
Rahul top-scored for India and notched up a crucial half-century with the help of six fours. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa produced a crucial breakthrough and dismissed Kohli to help Australia make a comeback into the game. With the dismissal of Kohli, India lost wickets at regular intervals to lose the momentum in the later stages of the innings. MS Dhoni will come under criticism for another timid display with the bat.
Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya perished for low scores to see India manage 126 for 7 in 20 overs.
For Australia, Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff also produced probing spells for the side in this game.