IND vs AUS: Rohit Sharma walks out after being fired in 1st T20I vs Australia.© AFP
The first T20I between India and Australia left more questions than answers for the Rohit Sharma-led side. India lost the match by four wickets despite scoring 208/6 batting first. While the bowlers failed completely, veteran batters like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were unable to score big. Former Pakistan cricket team spinner Danish Kaneria said both can be used in different batting positions, rather than their usual spots.
“Rohit Sharma doesn’t score points in the opening. We’ve seen this in the Asian Cup. He scores in patches. Virat Kohli is also unable to score consistently with one deficit. You may have a good chance – bring Rohit one to down , Virat can then open with KL Rahul Or if Rohit is very comfortable opening then you can start with Virat and him In that case KL Rahul can be used as a down It won’t be too much of a problem his,” Danish Kaneria said in a video on his YouTube channel.
In Tuesday’s first T20I, India’s weaknesses with the ball were exposed as Australia shot down a formidable 209-run goal, quite comfortable for a four-wicket win in Tuesday’s first T20I at Mohali. KL Rahul (55 from 35 balls) and Hardik Pandya (71 not from 30 balls) helped India post a disheartening 208 for six after Australia sent the hosts to work.
Australia was dominant in the chase, running home in 19.2 overs. Last year’s World Cup hero Matthew Wade (45 out of 21) and Cameron Green (61 out of 30) played special strokes to make short work of a stiff target.
Previously, Rahul made a statement with a high-quality knock before Hardik crushed an unbeaten 71, including five sixes.
Suryakumar Yadav also played some breathtaking strokes in his 46 from 25 balls. After Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli fell cheaply, Rahul and Suryakumar split a score of 68 points on 42 balls. It was raining at six when they were in the middle.
India were able to maintain their pace in the center overs as Suryakumar picked up leggie Adam Zampa for two straight sixes over a long and deep midwicket. Hardik then took over, pushing India past 200. He quickly punished anything short of the pacers and his pick-up shot of Pat Cummins in the 18th over was the culmination of his entertaining knockout. He skipped three straight sixes from Green in the 20th, including a flat in the middle of the wicket region. The last five overs yielded 67 runs.
With PTI inputs
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