- Australia beat India by 4 wickets
- Australia achieved the target of 209 in 19.2 overs
- Indian bowlers were beaten from beginning to end
Ind vs AUS: India called Australia for a three-match T20 series for dress rehearsals ahead of the T20 World Cup. The Indian team got the exact same result in the first match that it wanted to avoid. The manner in which the hosts lost this match raises many questions in front of them. The bowlers had a huge total to defend in this match, but they failed to save that as well.
Kangaroo batsman rained heavily on batting friendly wicket
Team India, batting first on the batting friendly wicket of PCA Stadium in Mohali, made a strong total of 208 runs for 6 wickets. This score should have been convincing for the win. But the Kangaroos made their intentions clear from the very first ball. Chasing a target of 209 runs, he started the innings with a six. Australia scored 60 for one wicket in 6 overs after the powerplay. The first wicket went to spinner Axar Patel who walked the captain Aaron Finch. Although in this match, Akshar took a total of three wickets for just 17 runs, but all the other bowlers divided the team.
Australia had to score 55 runs to win in the last 4 overs, which they achieved with 4 balls to spare. Opener Cameron Green scored the highest 61 runs for Australia, while Matthew Wade, who came to bat at number seven, scored 45 not out off 21 balls.
The bowlers divided the team
Now look at the condition of Indian bowlers, India’s frontline bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave 52 runs in 4 overs at an economy of 13 and his wickets remained empty. From the powerplay to the deck overs, he was beaten continuously. On the other hand, Umesh Yadav conceded 27 runs in 2 overs but the good thing was that he took two wickets of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. Now look at the condition of Harsh Patel, who returned fit, he gave 49 runs in 4 overs and failed to take a single wicket. Although Yuzvendra Chahal did take the wicket of Tim David in the 20th over, he gave away 42 runs in 3.2 overs.
Hardik’s unmatched innings was done by the bowlers
After losing the toss, the Indian batsmen who came to bat first took the news of the Australian bowlers fiercely. Although Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli could not spend time at the crease in this match, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav scored fiercely in the top order. KL Rahul completed his 2000 runs in T20 Internationals while playing a half-century of 55 runs while Surya scored 46 runs in 25 balls. In the Indian innings, the batsman who entertained everyone with his fiery innings was Hardik Pandya.
Batting at number five, Pandya scored an unbeaten 71 off 30 balls. Batting at a strike rate of 236.66, he hit 7 fours and 5 sixes. But alas, the poor performance of the bowlers ruined his unmatched innings.