India in Australia, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Australia vs India - 1st T20I

Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra

Date & Time: 04 December 2020

Australia 150/7

RR: 7.5 | India beat Australia by 11 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
D'Arcy Short c Hardik Pandya & b T Natarajanc Hardik Pandya & b T Natarajan343830
Aaron Finch c Hardik Pandya & b Yuzvendra Chahalc Hardik Pandya & b Yuzvendra Chahal352651
Steven Smith c Sanju Samson & b Yuzvendra Chahalc Sanju Samson & b Yuzvendra Chahal12901
Glenn Maxwell lbw T Natarajanlbw T Natarajan2300
Moises Henriques lbw Deepak Chaharlbw Deepak Chahar302011
Matthew Wade c Virat Kohli (C) & b Yuzvendra Chahalc Virat Kohli (C) & b Yuzvendra Chahal7900
Sean Abbott not out not out 12801
Mitchell Starc bowled T Natarajanbowled T Natarajan1200
Mitchell Swepson not out not out 12511
Adam Zampa
Josh Hazlewood
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 4, w 1, nb 0)
Total 150 (7 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
56-1 (Aaron Finch,7.4), 72-2 (Steven Smith,9.5), 75-3 (Glenn Maxwell,10.3), 113-4 (D'Arcy Short,15), 122-5 (Matthew Wade,17), 126-6 (Moises Henriques,17.4), 127-7 (Mitchell Starc,18.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Deepak Chahar4 0 29 1 7.25
Washington Sundar4 0 16 0 4.00
Mohammed Shami4 0 46 0 11.50
T Natarajan4 0 30 3 7.50
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 25 3 6.25
Shikhar Dhawan0 0 0 0 0
KL Rahul 0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli 0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson0 0 0 0 0
Hardik Pandya0 0 0 0 0
Ravindra Jadeja0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this game! India take a 1-0 lead in this 3-match T20I series after a convincing win. Australia, on the other hand, will be disappointed with their performance. The second T20I will be played on 6th December 2020 in Sydney. That match will begin at 1910 Local (0810 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers. 

Virat Kohli, the winning captain, says that Yuzvendra Chahal coming into the team was not planned. Says that the concussion substitute worked in this game but may not work all the time. States that Chahal bowled well and that the boys showed overall character. Adds that he feels the Australians had a great start and were cruising. States that his team put the pressure on the Aussies and pulled it back. Believes it is important to keep coming back. In Australia, if one needs to play, they must play with the right intent. On Jadeja, Kohli states that he played really well. Also lauds Natarajan, Chahar and Sundar for their performances. Praises Samson and credits the outstanding catch for bringing his team back in the match. Feels Hardik also did well on the field.

Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, says that he is a bit unsure whether he has a bit of a leg or hip injury. On Jadeja not being able to play and Chahal replacing him, Finch says that the doctor stated that Jadeja would not be in a position to play. He says that they cannot challenge the opinion of a medical expert. Adds that they gave away a lot of runs at the death and with the bat, they failed to find the boundaries which was important in a run chase like this. 

Yuzvendra Chahal is the MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that obviously it is a great feeling. States that he suddenly got to know that he would play. Says that 10-15 minutes before the chase began, he got to know that he can play and then he did some warm-ups. Tells that at the half-way mark, India had a good score. Feels 160-165 would always be a difficult score to chase. Adds that he bowled according to his plans.

Earlier, in the day, Jadeja's blitz helped India post a challenging score on a tough wicket. He was brilliant in this game. KL Rahul was good as well while the others struggled. Australia's bowling was good at the start and in the middle, but they lost their lines and lengths at the death. They were punished by Jadeja. In the end, 161 proved to be enough for India as they ended up winning by 11 runs. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!

Australia's batting was not upto the mark. They started off well with Finch attacking from ball one and Short playing a perfect supporting role for him. But once, Finch fell to Chahal, they lost their way. Smith and Maxwell did not last long while Short struggled throughout his innings before he fell. Henriques tried hard but with partners running out, he had too much to do in the end and they collapsed to a 11-run defeat. They would be a very disappointed bunch as they would have believed that they will be able to chase this score down at one point. 

India's bowling was brilliant. All the bowlers bowled exceptionally well with only Shami being a little expensive. It all started with Chahal who was brought in as a concussion substitute. He started it all with gettting the big wicket of Aaron Finch and then sent Steven Smith back to the dugout in quick time. Chahal was economical as well and he was well supported by Washington Sundar. Sundar did not pick up any wickets but the way he kept it tight was crucial for India's chances. T Natarajan was the star on his T20I debut as he picked up a 3-fer, including the wicket of the Big Show, Glenn Maxwell. All the bowlers kept it tight and did not give much away. Overall, it was an excellent bowling performance. 

A comprehensive victory for India in the end. They had a respectable score to defend and they have bowled extremely well to defend this score with some ease. They get back-to-back wins in Canberra, one in the last ODI and now in the first T20I and move back to Sydney for the remaining two T20Is with confidence. Virat Kohli will be one happy captain. 

Mohammed Shami to Mitchell Swepson, FOUR! An effort too late. Back-to-back wins for India at the Manuka Oval. Full and around off, Mitchell Swepson clears his front leg and launches it over covers. Hardik Pandya runs in to his left from long off but cannot cut it off. A boundary results but THE INDIANS WIN BY 11 RUNS! 
Mohammed Shami to Mitchell Swepson, SIX! Where does this one go? All the way. Full and around off, Swepson clears his front foot and lofts it over mid off. Looks to be a catch for Pandya at long off.... he stretches but the ball goes well over him in the end.
Mohammed Shami to Sean Abbott, Another yorker, it is on off, driven to cover for a single.
Mohammed Shami to Sean Abbott, Yorker outside off, Sean Abbott backs away and looks to play at it but misses. 
Mohammed Shami to Mitchell Swepson, Outside off, stroked down to mid off for a single.
Mohammed Shami to Sean Abbott, That is cheeky. Full and outside off, Abbott gets across and paddles it over the keeper's head. It falls short of the long stop boundary and three runs are taken. This has become a very popular shot these days.

Mohammed Shami will bowl the final over. 

T Natarajan to Sean Abbott, Very full around off, driven down to long off for a single.
T Natarajan to Sean Abbott, SIX! This is bound to happen. At the end of the innings. Short ball, Sean swings well over the deep mid-wicket boundary for a six.
T Natarajan to Sean Abbott, Pretty smart bowling. Saw that Abbott was looking to play the ramp shot. Natarajan bowls it well outside off. Sean Abbott shuffles across and goes through with the shot but misses.
T Natarajan to Mitchell Swepson, Outside off, swung down to long off for a run.
T Natarajan to Mitchell Swepson, Another yorker, it was outside off, Mitchell swings through the line but gets a toe edge. It goes short of Rahul behind the stumps. A dot. It was not a catch though.

Mitchell Swepson is the next batter in. 

T Natarajan to Mitchell Starc, OUT! BOWLED! And the yorker Natarajan cleans his left-arm counterpart from Australia. The angle is very good for a left-arm seamer. What a debut he is having. It was a yorker on off and middle, Starc gives himself some room and looks to go big over covers. But he misses and the ball crashes into the sticks.

T Natarajan will bowl the 19th over. 

Deepak Chahar to Sean Abbott, Short ball, Sean swings across the line but misses.
Deepak Chahar to Mitchell Starc, Outside off, lofted over the covers for a run.

Mitchell Stac is the next man in.

Moises Henriques has been given out LBW! India did not look too confident but the on-field umpire was sure. Henriques takes the review. There is nothing on Ultra Edge and the HotSpot shows all reds. Review lost. 

Deepak Chahar to Moises Henriques, OUT! LBW! Moises is dismissed. Fullish on middle, Henriques had moved to the off side a touch. He looks to swing it to the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal for LBW is put and the umpire, Rod Tucker, raises his finger. Henriques gets to the other end and then flashes the 'T'. It is taken upstairs. Only bat can save Moises Henriques. But there is no bat, as confirmed from Hot Spot and Snicko. Ball Tracker just states the obvious - THREE REDS! The 6th wicket is down for the Aussies. They need 36 runs in 14 balls still.
Deepak Chahar to Moises Henriques, Full and outside off, driven down to the left of long off for a couple.
Deepak Chahar to Sean Abbott, Outside off, pushed through cover-point for a run.
Deepak Chahar to Moises Henriques, Deepak starts off with a slower bouncer outside off, Moises Henriques waits and then strokes it through the covers for one.

Sean Abbott comes out to bat. Deepak Chahar comes back on to bowl his final over. 

Yuzvendra Chahal to Matthew Wade, OUT! TAKEN! What a spell of bowling this has been from Chahal. It was the last ball of his spell and he gets a wicket there as well. Matthew Wade has not had a good day. Tossed up around off, Wade sits down and mows a slog sweep. He hits is uppishly and straight down the throat of the Indian skipper at deep mid-wicket. Kohli does not drop this one. The Kangaroos need 40 runs in 18 balls still.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Moises Henriques, Full and outside off, Henriques goes inside out over covers. It lands on a bounce to Kohli in the deep. So, just the single.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Matthew Wade, Tosses this far outside off, Matthew Wade sweeps it uppishly but safely to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Moises Henriques, Tossed up well outside off, a good ball from Yuzvendra. Moises too does well to reach out to it and strike it to cover for one. He was down the track as well, Henriques. Does well to reach out and play.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Matthew Wade, On the pads, swept to Pandey at deep backward square leg for a single.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Matthew Wade, Tossed up on middle, Wade gets across a touch and glances it through square leg for a brace.

Yuzvendra Chahal is back into the attack. 3-0-19-2 are his figures so far. 

Washington Sundar to Moises Henriques, Short on off, MH backs away and cuts but finds point. Very well bowled from Sundar. He does not get a wicket today but finishes off well, with just 16 runs fron his 4 overs. The hosts need 46 runs in 24 balls.
Washington Sundar to Matthew Wade, Very nicely bowled. Full and around off, Matthew can only drive it wide of the bowler, to long off, for a single.
Washington Sundar to Matthew Wade, Tossed up outside off, MW gets down and goes for a big slog sweep but does not connect at all.
Washington Sundar to Matthew Wade, On off, clipped to mid-wicket. Matthew Wade comes back for the second.
Washington Sundar to Matthew Wade, Tossed up outside off, Wade looks to reverse paddle that one but fails to connect as well as he would have liked. The ball takes the shoulder of the bat and falls back on the pitch.
Washington Sundar to Matthew Wade, Short ball, defended back on the track.

Matthew Wade comes out to bat. Washington Sundar is back on. 

T Natarajan to D'Arcy Short, OUT! TAKEN! India in the game. The set batsman is gone. Big wicket for India. Cross seam full ball around off, Short looks to slog it over long on but does not get his timing right. It goes to Hardik at long on who takes it by coming forward a few steps. Australia still need 49 runs in 30 balls. 
T Natarajan to Moises Henriques, The Natarajan speciality - Yorker, on off, Moises Henriques can only jam it out to cover for a single.
T Natarajan to D'Arcy Short, Very full and around off, driven down to long on for a run.
T Natarajan to Moises Henriques, Misfield and a boundary! It is Sanju in the deep. Really agonizing for the bowler. It was outside off. Henriques cuts it to point and takes off for a quick single. The fielder there has a shy at the striker's end but it was well wide of the stumps. It goes to Samson in the deep on the leg side. He fumbles and the ball trickles away to the boundary. 5 runs in total.