India make light work of Australia again

Australia innings (toss: India, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
D Warner bowled Bhuvneshwar 8 (5) 2 0 160.00
A Finch bowled Kuldeep 42 (30) 4 1 140.00
G Maxwell caught Bumrah, bowled Chahal 17 (16) 2 0 106.25
T Head bowled Hardik 9 (16) 0 0 56.25
M Henriques bowled Kuldeep 8 (9) 1 0 88.88
D Christian run out by Kohli 9 (13) 0 0 69.23
T Paine bowled Bumrah 17 (16) 1 1 106.25
N Coulter-Nile bowled Bumrah 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
A Tye not out 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
A Zampa not out 4 (3) 1 0 133.33
Batsman who didn’t bat: Jason Behrendorff
Extras: 3 (2 wides and 1 leg bye)
AUS’s total: 118/8 in 18.4 overs, at 6.32 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 8/1 (Warner, 0.5), 55/2 (Maxwell, 6.3), 76/3 (Finch, 9.5), 87/4 (Henriques, 12.2), 89/5 (Head, 13.3), 111/6 (Paine, 17.1), 113/7 (Coulter-Nile, 17.4), and 114/8 (Christian, 18.1)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 3.4 11 28 1 7.63
J Bumrah 3 7 17 2 5.67
H Pandya 4 8 33 1 8.25
Y Chahal 4 11 23 1 5.75
K Yadav 4 9 16 2 4.00
India innings (DLS target: 48 runs in 6 overs, at 8.00 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma bowled Coulter-Nile 11 (7) 1 1 157.14
S Dhawan not out 15 (12) 3 0 125.00
V Kohli not out 22 (14) 3 0 157.14
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Jasprit Bumrah
Extras: 1 (1 leg bye)
India’s total: 49/1 in 5.3 overs, at 8.90 runs per over
Fall of wicket: 11/1 (Rohit, 1.2)
Australia bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
J Behrendorff 1 4 5 0 5.00
N Coulter-Nile 2 4 20 1 10.00
A Tye 1 2 10 0 10.00
A Zampa 1 3 6 0 6.00
D Christian 0.3 0 7 0 14.00

Match summary: India vs Australia 1st T20

Team India won the rain-hit 1st T20 International in Ranchi by nine wickets, after a near-two-hour stoppage provided them with a favourable DLS target of 48 runs in six overs. Australia needed wickets in clusters if they had to beat India in this situation. And, while Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled Rohit Sharma in the second over for 11 and with India’s score at 11 only, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan took India over the line with three balls to spare. This Delhi duo hit three fours each, to go with a four and six hit by Rohit. Kohli was unbeaten on 22 off 14 balls and hit a four to clinch India the victory, while Dhawan was unbeaten on 15 runs off 12 balls.

Kuldeep Yadav was awarded the man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling figures of 4-9-16-2.

The Indian bowlers delivered a T20 bowling masterclass after their captain had sent Australia into bat upon winning the toss, restricting the visitors to 118/8 in 18.4 overs when rain stopped play. On a typical Ranchi pitch with a prominent low bounce, six Australian batsmen had their furniture disturbed, with the straight, stump-to-stump line bowled by the three Indian pace bowlers (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya) castling David Warner (8), Travis Head (9), Tim Paine (17), and Nathan Coulter-Nile (1).

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav also starred in India’s excellent bowling display, with Glenn Maxwell falling to Chahal for the fourth time and in every match he has played (three ODIs and one T20I) on this tour, and Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques getting cleaned up by Kuldeep. What we need to reiterate is, each one of the five Indian bowlers did the basics right—which was bowling straight and keeping the batsman honest with the low bounce—and despite the alterations and new faces in the Australian batting line-up that was bereft of an injured Steven Smith, the mistakes were repeated and the naivety against spin was once again clear.

Australia lost wickets at regular intervals and the wicket of Finch, in particular, set them back. This right-handed opener had been timing the ball well and carried his form from the ODI series. His strike rotation and boundary-hitting had helped his team reach 72/2 at the end of nine overs despite the loss of Warner and Maxwell’s wickets.

He had been comfortable against Chahal, flat-batting this leg-spinner over wide long-on for his only six, in the ninth over. Against Kuldeep, the left-arm chinaman bowler, Finch had shown an overwhelming inclination to sweep. He had been comfortable with this tactic, too, and collected singles square on the leg-side with relative ease. Kuldeep, though, had been pitching the ball on the good length all this while, facilitating Finch’s preference for the sweep shot. But then he decided to bowl one flatter, faster and fuller… and this variation helped him get the better of Finch, who had initially wanted to go down on his knees to sweep before realising that this ball was fuller. Before he could make an adjustment and bring the bat down, a virtual yorker sneaked through and comprehensively bowled Finch for 42 off 30 balls.

Finch’s dismissal exposed a listless Australian middle order to what should have been 10.1 overs of incisive Indian bowling. Needless to say who came out on top: Kuldeep added Moises Henriques to his list of victims; Pandya, after conceding 23 runs off his first two overs, came back strongly and dismissed Head with a ball that kept slightly low and bowled this left-hander off the inside edge; Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in his comeback over (his third and the 18th of the innings), and Bhuvneshwar added Coulter-Nile’s wicket to Warner’s, to leave Australia reeling, at 118/8 in 18.4 overs when rain forced the players off the field.

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