India beats Australia by nine wickets in their first T20I of three match series at Ranchi.
After rain hit, Australian’s were forced to end their innings a bit early at 118/8 in 18.4 overs. By Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method India’s target was set to 48 runs in six overs.
Australia were off to a flyer with 50 runs coming off 37 balls but Chahal provided the vital breakthroughs, dismissing his bunny Glenn Maxwell for a fourth time in four games.
Maxwell, who is a promising batsman gave a simple catch to Bumrah at short mid-wicket.
It was Finch’s dismissal where Australia’s batting started to shatter .
Indian bowlers were outstanding with their performance with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (2/16 in 4 overs) alongside Jasprit Bumrah (2/17 in 4 overs) which restricted Australia to score 118 for 8 in 18.4 overs. Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got a wicket each.
Rohit went on the offensive with a flick against Nathan Coulter-Nile off the first ball of the second over. The excited crowd was silenced off the very next ball, as the Australian struck back with a straight ball as Rohit’s stumps were shaken.
Skipper Kohli’s 22 0ff 14 balls had three boundaries and Shikhar Dhawan also hit three boundaries in his unbeaten 15 as they cruised to the win in 5.3 overs.
However the third over bowled by Andrew Tye decisively clinched the match in India’s favour as Dhawan and Kohli got a boundary each to get 11 runs.
With six needed off the final over bowled by Dan Christian, Kohli smacked the third delivery for a boundary to finish it off in style.
It was the seventh consecutive win for India in the shortest format having played last against the Aussies, way back in 2012 at Dhaka in the ICC World T20.
The second match of the series will be played in Guwahati on October 10, Tuesday.