The Indian team performed strongly in Canberra, beating Australia by 11 runs in the first T20 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. India on Friday scored 161 for 7 wickets in 20 overs in the match played at Manuka Oval in Canberra, after which the Australian team could manage 150 runs for 7 wickets. The second T20 match of the series will be played in Sydney on 6 December.
Australia gets target of 162
India scored 161 for 7 wickets in 20 overs and host Australia got a target of 162 runs to win. Lokesh Rahul scored the highest 51 runs. Apart from him, Ravindra Jadeja contributed 44 not out and Sanju Samson contributed 23 runs. Australia’s Pacer Heinrichs took 3 wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs while Mitchell Starc took 2 wickets.
Opener Lokesh Rahul scored a half-century while retaining his form in T20 cricket. He scored 51 runs in 40 balls. Rahul hit a six off five boundaries in his innings. Rahul hits Hazlewood for the first four off Thirdman. After this, Jampa was hit on the cover drive. Rahul completed his half-century in 37 balls, which was his 12th fifty in T20 International.
Jadeja’s aggressive innings
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s aggressive innings proved to be a ‘troublesome’ for India. Jadeja batted strongly in the last over, scoring an unbeaten 44 from 23 balls with 5 fours, 1 six. Batting at number seven, Jadeja hit a six off the fourth ball of the 19th over of Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood and then hit fours off the next two balls. Jadeja batted at number 7 with this, becoming the best Indian batsman to score in T20 International. Despite hamstring injury, Jadeja scored 34 runs in the final 2 overs while batting relentlessly.
Middle order could not be special
Opener Shikhar Dhawan could do nothing special and became the victim of Mitchell Starc by scoring just 1 run. Sanju Samson was dismissed for 23 runs off 15 balls. Manish Pandey (two runs off eight balls) also returned to the pavilion cheaply. Pandya and Samson, who performed brilliantly in the ODI series, were caught on the bounce of the pitch. Mitchell Starc took two wickets for 34 runs but proved expensive in the death overs. He initially bowled Shikhar Dhawan bowling at a pace of 145. Inexperienced leg-spinner Mitchell Swapson bowled consecutive short balls but also took the valuable wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli (9) who returned with a return catch. Rahul and Samson, however, hit sixes off their balls.
Australian bowlers put pressure in the middle overs
Leg-spinners Adam Jampa and all-rounder Henriques kept the pressure on the Indians in the middle overs. Jampa took one wicket for 20 runs in four overs while Henriques picked up three wickets for 22 runs. Both did not allow runs to be scored between the 11th and the 15th over. India lost 22 wickets between the 11th and 15th over, scoring 22 runs.