Australia in India, 2 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Date & Time: 24 February 2019
RR: 6.35 | Australia beat India by 3 wickets
An amazing start for the visitors here then, taking an unassailable lead in the 2-match T20I series. Up to the Indians now then to make a comeback and share honors in this series as the bandwagon shifts to Bengaluru for the second game. It promises to be another impressive game in the offing. Signing off from here, hope you had fun watching this thriller as we did covering it. See you on 27th Feb, Wednesday at 1900 local (1330 GMT) for the final game of this series at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Until then, take care! Cheers!
Man of the Match, Nathan Coulter-Nile, says they bowled really well and scraped through in the end. Mentions they worked out quickly it was not coming on and he tried to hit the surface hard by digging it in. Ends by saying he feels really good about the win and he hopes to seal the series in the next game.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says the wicket got lower and slower as the game progressed. Further adds the run out also did not help them. Credits the bowlers for the way they bowled in the first innings. Mentions they have some strong bowlers to pick from which is a good thing. Praises Coulter-Nile for the way he bowled.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says he is very pleased with their bowling but they were not up to the mark with the bat. Mentions he never thought they would be in the position they were in the 20th over but credits Bumrah for his effort. Also appreciates the effort by Markande for his overs in the middle stage. Informs it is their plan to give Rahul and Pant some game time. Reckons something around 150 is what they were looking for. Ends by saying the Aussies deserved to win.
As far as the Indian bowling is concerned, they tried really hard and fought valiantly to defend an under-par score but in the end, just fell short. Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional picking up 3 wickets for just 16 runs with support from the spinners. Umesh Yadav was a bit disappointing except for a good over in the middle. Earlier on in the evening, India despite a half-century from KL Rahul could not post a good total and ended up with just 126 on the board. For the Aussies, the star with the ball was Nathan Coulter-Nile as he picked up 3 wickets. The other Aussie bowlers were economical as well. Thus, the Australians have just about gotten over the line in this first T20I with the help of a fifty from Maxwell and heroics with the bat from their bowlers in the end. A bitter pill to swallow for the hosts but a superb cricket match which made for an amazing watch. Presentations to follow...
What a humdinger of a game we have had here. The Australians had almost lost it from a perfect position but then stolen the game from the jaws of defeat. 14 runs off the last over and 2 off the last ball has ensured that the visitors have taken an unassailable lead in this 2-game T20I series. Take a bow, Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins to have won the game from where it looked like India were favorites. Nevertheless though, this game should have not come so far till the last ball of the match. The Aussies began really poorly in the chase as they were two down with just 5 runs on the board. But what followed was exceptional hitting from Maxwell and Short as they took their team to a winning position with an 84-run stand. There again swung the pendulum as the wicket of Maxwell fell. The Aussies seemed like they pressed the panic button as the following batsmen went in a procession and the runs were drying up. Bumrah bowled an outstanding 19th over and left Umesh with 13 to defend off the last. Two boundaries and two couples in the final over though helped the visitors cross the line and win the game by 3 wickets. An absolute thriller and the visitors came away as deserving winners.
A field change, actually just a swap of fielders. Kohli goes to the deep and sends the fielder at deep mid-wicket inside the circle.
Jhye Richardson walks out next. Umesh Yadav will bowl the last over with 14 runs required for the Aussies to win.
Pat Cummins walks out next to bat, he will not be on strike though as the batsmen crossed when the catch was being taken.
Jasprit Bumrah it is to bowl the 19th over. A very important over one can say.
Very close stuff! Has Rahul's foot touched the rope here? The two runs in question could come into play... let's see what the replays have to say as the umpire wants to check it upstairs.
Mayank Markande comes back on.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is the new man in.
Krunal Pandya to bowl now.
Ashton Turner walks in at number 6.
Umesh Yadav is back on.
Mayank Markande is back.
Peter Handscomb, the debutant, walks out to bat.
Umesh Yadav is back into the attack.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back into the attack.
Run out appeal... A direct hit from the point fielder at the bowler's end. Maxwell is the man in question but he does not look too concerned, only a little pensive. Even the Indians are not celebrating, looks like the man might have just made it.
Mayank Markande, the debutant, is on now.
Krunal Pandya to bowl once the field is relaxed.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back on and will bowl the last over of the Powerplay.
Umesh Yadav comes on to bowl now.
Glenn Maxwell walks out to the middle.
Review time... Aaron Finch has been adjudged LBW here first ball, he has gone upstairs here. The only saving grace here could be if the ball misses the leg stump. Will it?
Aaron Finch, the skipper walks in at number 3.
Run out appeal... The Indians are celebrating here. Marcus Stoinis, the man in question looks a bit worried. Let's see what the replays have to say about Umesh Yadav's throw and run out attempt.
Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. The Indian team and the Aussie openers are out in the middle. Marcus Stoinis and D'Arcy Short to start. No Finch? Surprise! For India, it is Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the first over.