After suffering a string of losses in T-20 internationals, Australians are back to winning ways as they beat India in the first T-20 by four runs on Wednesday.
While Duckworth-lewis did help Australia to add some more runs to the total, the Aussie bowlers, certainly, bowled their heart-out to restrict a strong Indian batting line-up chase down 174 in just 17 overs.
WHERE DID INDIA GO WRONG:
In what was the first T-20 against Australia, India missed the trick by leaving Chahal from the eleven in place of Krunal Pandeya and after seeing the performance from both the wrist-spinners from their respective teams, Virat would certainly be pondering over his decision of not playing Chahal in the opener.
The next failed experiment saw Virat option to bat one place down the order, sending KL Rahul at number three position. The trick failed miserably, as KL Rahul couldn’t make the most of his opportunity who fell for just 13.
POSITIVES TO TAKE FROM:
It was certainly one of the best innings from Shikhar Dhawan who took the bowlers right from the start and not allowing them to get settled at all. Chasing a mammoth total of 174 runs in just 17 overs, India needed someone to capitalize right from the start and Dhawan did exactly the same, however, the left-hander failed to finish the run-chase, eventually getting out for 76 off 42 deliveries.
Time and again wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Kartik has been proving a point to stay and cement his place in the team. His quick firing 30 off just 13 deliveries has certainly made an impact in the minds of the selectors looking at the World Cup next year. The 33-year-old innings was powered with four fours and one six, however, lost his wicket in the final over only to give Australia a four-run win in the end.
AS IT HAPPENED:
Australia started the innings very cautiously in a bid to not lose wickets early on in the innings. Skipper Finch and Lynn, perhaps, did show some resilience but couldn’t play for too long as the Aussies lost their first top three batsmen inside the ten overs only. However, it was a brilliant 78-run partnership between Maxwell and Stoinis which brought the Australians back into the game. The duo hit some powerful sixes, Maxwell in particular, who launched three-consecutive sixes to Krunal before rain interrupted the play and making the game to a 17-over affair.
Chasing a steep target of 174, Dhawan gave India the ideal start, going hammer and tongs right from the start of the innings. The left-hander didn’t allow Behrendorff and Stanlake to get settle as he smashed both the speedsters to all parts of the ground. However, he couldn’t find much of a support as wickets kept tumbling from the other end with Rohit, Rahul, and Kohli falling cheaply. Dhawan’s innings came to an end in the 12th over leaving India with 69 runs to make with six wickets in hand.
Both the wicket keepers, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Kartik managed to stitch a brilliant partnership but could not see India home in the end, eventually losing the game by four runs.