In the 1st T20I match of the series firstly Jadeja and KL Rahul got some runs to take India to a decent total. And later on Concussion substitute Yuzi Chahal and other bowlers did an excellent job as India beat Australia by 11 runs.
India 161/7 KL Rahul 51(40), Ravindra Jadeja 44(23) Henriques 3/22, Mitchell Starc 2/34
Australia 150/7 Aaron Finch 35(26), Darcy Short 34(38) Yuzi Chahal 3/25, T Natarajan 3/30
Contributions from Rahul and Jadeja take India to a decent total
Playing the 1st T20I of the series, Aussie skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bowl first. There were quiet a few surprising chages in the Indian squad. As big names like Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer and Yuzi Chahal were left out. India didn’t have the best of starts as they lost Shikhar Dhawan 1(6) early. But Australia got the big breakthrough in the 6th over when Virat Kohli 9(9) got out to Swepson. Later Samson and KL Rahul had a brief partnership scoring at a good rate. But Sanju Samson 23(15) didn’t last long.
Later Manish Pandey 2(8) and KL Rahul 51(40) both got out in matter of 7 balls. Hardik Pandya hit one out of the park but was caught later at 16(15). Team India were in trouble at 114/6. But once again Ravi Jadeja 44(23) came in and took India to a decent score. India finished at 161/7. Henriques picked 3/22 and Starc picked 2/34 for India.
Concussion substitute Yuzi Chahal and bowlers win it for India
Before the start of the 2nd innings Team India opted to bring in Yuzi Chahal as the Concussion substitute. For Ravi Jadeja who was hit on the head while batting. Chasing 162 was never a up hill task for Australia. As they had a power packed batting side. Darcy Short and Aaron Finch started well as they set up a 56 run partnership. But Finch 35(26) got out to Concussion Substitute Yuzi Chahal trying to slog him. In at 3, Steve Smith 12(9) too got out to Chahal in the next over. But the big wicket of Maxwell 2(3) came in the 10th over as T Natarajan got him out LBW.
Darcy Short and Henriques then had a steady partnership. But while trying to match the required rate Darcy Short was caught at the deep. Mathew Wade 7(9), Henriques 30(20) and Starc 1(2) all got out in quick succession. As Australia eventually finished at 150/7. Yuzi Chahal picked 3/25 and T Natarajan picked 3/30 for India.