India were beaten by Australia in the first T20I took place at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy stadium in Visakhapatnam by 3-wickets. The match was a close fight as Australia fought hard to win the match on the last ball. Batting first team India could only post a target of 126.
While the focus continues to remain on the World Cup, experiments may continue in the second and final T20I at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Aussies halted India’s unbeaten home run at Visakhapatnam and now the Men in Blue must win this clash in order to avoid a series defeat.
Batting first Team India placed a target of 126 runs with the help of KL Rahul’s half-century. Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile took 3 wickets in his 4-over spell. After two early wickets, Australia were cruising 89/2 in the 14th over of the game with Glenn Maxwell and D’Arcy Short sharing an 84-run partnership. But Maxwell’s dismissal by Chahal led to a collapse that brought the equation down to 14 needed off the last over. But Umesh Yadav’s poor final over in the first match led Aussies to win the first T20I.
The last time a T20I was played on M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was between India and England in 2017. India scored 202 and Yuzvendra Chahal then spun a web around the Three Lions to return with 6/25. The Chinnaswamy tends to be the slower side although plenty of runs will still be on offer for both teams, banking on the likes of Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch to come good on Wednesday. The last two occasions India played a T20I on this ground they batted first and won the match.
KL Rahul is likely to open the batting for India in the second T20I as he grabbed the opportunity with both hands to score a fine half-century in the first T20I. Vijay Shankar could come in for Dinesh Karthik as his medium pace could be ideal on a slowish Chinnaswamy pitch.
Skipper Kohli and MS Dhoni were the only other batters to reach the double figure mark. Kohli slammed a quick 24, but Dhoni came under scrutiny for his slow innings, finishing with 29 runs from 37 balls. Both of these cricketers are expected to level up their game for the second match against Australia in Bengaluru.
Jasprit Bumrah passed the 50 wickets mark in the shortest format by finishing with figures of 3/16 in the opening fixture. Bumrah maintained his good run by pressurising the kangaroos with his troublesome bowling figures.
Umesh Yadav’s poor bowling in the final over resulted in a loss for India in the first T20I at Visakhapatnam. Siddarth Kaul is expected to replace Umesh Yadav for the second T20I against Australia in Bengaluru. The inclusion of Vijay Shankar will also strengthen the bowling side of India.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Siddarth Kaul, Mayank Markande.
Australia are expected to remain unchanged. Glenn Maxwell and D’Arcy Short played crucial knocks of 56 and 37 respectively to anchor the chase for the visitors. Marcus Stoinis and skipper Aaron Finch failed to make a mark in the first fixture and are expected to come good in the next outing from the team’s perspective.
Nathan Coulter-Nile picked 3-26 in his four overs which included the crucial wicket of KL Rahul, laying the foundation for the visitors’ win in the first game. Patt Cummins and Behrendorff took one wicket each and both were quite economical in their spells.
Jhye Richardson (0/31) was the bowler for Australia who gets a beating and might get axed from the team, Kane Richardson could be named as his replacement.
Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Handscomb(wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nil, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa