Australia dominated their 209 chase to take the series opener in Mohali by 4 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three match T20I series.
Aaron Finch played a captain’s knock at the top of the order to give the Aussies the perfect start and set the stage for their incredible chase.
Aaron Finch excited after an all round show from his teammates
After the win, Finch said:It was a good match, wasn’t it? We had some really good partnerships, there were some good matches between the bat and the ball. They came right at us.”
“You expect the run rate to decrease as you lose wickets. The batters tried to change the momentum of the game. That’s what we’re playing for, we’re still trying to put in place all the processes leading up to the World Cup.” he concluded.
Cameron Green and Matthew Wade were the standout players from the Australian camp. Australia got off to a strong start with Finch and Green trading in fours. However, Finch left for 22 (13) but Green continued the show with Steve Smith. The pair added a 50-plus tie and took the game away from India until the 10th. India recovered immediately after the half of the stage, with Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav leading the way. The spinner scalped three wickets in his quota of four over, while Yadav, who started with an expensive note, scalped two wickets in his return spell. However, a pivotal partnership between Green and Tim David prevented the hosts from playing the match. Green hit 61 from 30 balls, while Wade returned undefeated on 45 from 21 balls.
Earlier, Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and India batted first. The Men in Blue suffered two early blows as skipper Rohit Sharma and star batter Virat Kohli left cheaply. However, KL Rahul and Suryakuamr Yadav kept the ship stable after the initial shock.
Hardik Pandya then continued the momentum by unfolding his stylish shots as he took the Australian bowlers to the cleaners. The reckless all-rounder hit every Australian bowler in the park, propelling India to a staggering 208/6 in their 20 overs.
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