India vs Australia first T20 in 2019 started with an bang and got a thrilling victory over india.
Umesh Yadav undid all the good work done by Jasprit Bumrah as Australia won on India by three wickets in a last-ball thriller in the first T20 International in Visakhapatnam .
14 required off 6 Balls Umesh was hit for a boundary each by Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins, Both scored 7 not out and reached the target of 127 at last bowl of the last over of the match.
This was after Japrit Bumrah (3/16 in 4 overs) bowled an incredible 19th over to bring India back in the match.
Just when looking that Australia would win the match easily. He got Peter Handscomb with a short ball and then yorked Nathan Coulter-Nile after having dismissed Aaron Finch in his first spell.
However it was Australia tail-enders who held the nerve getting the couple of boundaries and couple of runs off the final delivery of the innings.
Indian Batting :
Earlier, Opener KL Rahul’s scored a stylish half-century on comeback but an inexplicable batting collapse found India restricted to a paltry 126 for 7 by Australia in the opening T20 international.
Rahul played beautifully his 36-ball-50 but shot selection from his teammates made tough that only 46 runs were scored in the back last 10 overs.
From 80 for two in 10 overs, India lost four wickets for 20 runs by the 15th over to be reduced to 6 for 100.
Dhoni played one of his signature innings with unbeaten 29 off 37 balls.
The best partnership of the match was 55 for the second wicket between Rahul and Virat Kohli.
Looking in his element, Kohli didn’t get the required elevation as he stepped out to leg-spinner Adam Zampa only to find Nathan Coulter-Nile at long-on.
In the next over Pant misjudged a single and Jason Behrendorff dived to his left and released the ball quickly for Peter Handscomb to effect a run-out.
The Indian innings was all about Rahul’s flair as he repeatedly played the inside out lofted shot off pacers and the only six was a down the ground hit off Adam Zampa.
Rahul however could not convert his start and got out immediately after reaching his fifty in an over where Coulter-Nile (3/26) also breached Dinesh Karthik’s defence with an off-cutter.
At the start of match Behrendorff dismissed Rohit as first wicket in the third over the lap shot and gave Zampa simple catch at short fine leg.
But things started to go in India’s favour from the next over with Rahul and then Kohli scoring a flurry of boundaries.
Australia Batting :
But till the 15th over, Australia were in control as Glenn Maxwell (56 off 43 balls)
India’s wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (1/28 in 4 overs) and debutant Mayank Markande (0/31 in 4 overs) couldn’t much of make an impact on Maxwell, who blasted both of them for towering sixes.
Soon things changed Chahal finally got out Maxwell with flighted delivery outside off-stump maxwell failed to clear Rahul at long-off.
Short was run-out after a mix-up with Peter Handscomb and after Ashton Turner was removed by Krunal Pandya, Australia were in a spot of bother at 102 for 5.
In the Penultimate over Bumrah Bowled really well and took two crucial wickets with just giving away only two runs.
But all the work of Bumrah has made useless when umesh yadav gave away easy runs to richardson and cummins bowling low toss bowls.
Credit should be given to the both the batsmen as they played superbly under pressure picking singles and converting them into two’s.
Richardson and Cummins kept their cool to give lead Australia 1-0 going into the final game in Bengaluru on February 27.