India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Australia clinch high-scoring contest against India | Cricket News

Wade’s crucial 45* 21-ball, Green’s full show won India four-wicket defeat in T20I
MOHALI: What criticism? In Monday’s pre-match presser, KL Rahul had played down questions about his tempered approach and strike rate in T20 cricket, saying ‘it’s something I’m working on’.
On Tuesday, the right-hander shot 35-55, mixing aggression and caution as he faced early dismissals from Rohit Sharma (11) and Virat Kohli (2). However, towards the end it was the versatile Hardik Pandya (71 on 30 balls), who blew the fire with a hat-trick from six in the final to propel India to an imposing 208/6.
But three lost catches and poor death bowling meant the hosts finished on the losing side as Australia hit the dreaded target with four balls and four wickets to spare. Complacency against an Aussie outfit can be expensive. Cameron Green, playing only his second T20I, proved it by setting the platform for the chase with a blazing 30-ball 61, containing eight hits to the fence and four over.
Promoted to open innings, the all-rounder started with four straight limits against Umesh Yadav, playing his first T20I in three years. He ran until half a century before Axar Patel (3/17) and Umesh (2/27) brought India back into the competition with three wickets from 14 balls.


Green and Smith launch a stellar counterattack to bring the tourists to 109-to-one by the 10th. Two lost holds made things worse for the Indians. However, Axar quickly swung into action by taking out Green.


Umesh, who was recruited as a last-minute replacement for mohamed chamiovercame the nightmarish start and responded to the faith shown by Rohit by repacking the dangerous Steve Smith (35) and Glenn Maxwell (1) in the space of four balls. It was left to Stumper Matthew Wade (not 45 of 21) to put the finishing touches on the chase. He did it with disconcerting ease as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the three-game draw.


Earlier, Rahul found the perfect match in Suryakumar Yadav (46 from 25 balls), who lit up the PCA stadium with fireworks and brought life to the crowd that came to a standstill when Kohli made the long run back after being picked at midwicket after a rocky start.


When asked to strike first, Rohit and Rahul started well, completing 25 runs in record time, before the skipper spoiled another start and was undone by his habit of trying to steal almost every delivery. Rohit’s attempt to clear the deep square-leg boundary of a full delivery of Josh Hazlewood came to naught as a running Nathan Ellis latched onto a low hold.


Kohli, who came in to a delighted roar from the crowd, failed to start, especially against leg spinner Adam Zampa and left after a seven-ball stay.


Unfazed by the delicate situation, Yadav was in no mood to let the Australians dominate and began the assault by striking pat cummins for a six and a four, even as Rahul went ballistic against the likes of Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell to take the team 86-for-2 late in the 10th over.


Rahul, however, left immediately after turning fifty with a Zampa single. Back for a second spell, Hazel broke the 68-run third-wicket stand with the scalp of Rahul, who was caught by Ellis square-legged deep.
However, nothing could stop Yadav, who threw Zam-pa for straight sixes before Hardik Pandya announced his arrival with a huge six from Green. While the Indian duo looked destructive, Green managed to put Australia back with the dangerous Yadav’s wicket.

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