Yuzvendra Chahal turned out to be the proper concussion substitute after an injured Ravindra Jadeja did his half with the bat because the duo performed their roles to perfection in India’s spectacular 11-run victory over Australia within the first T20 International in Canberra on Friday. (MATCH SCORECARD)
While Jadeja smashed an unbeaten 44 off 23 balls to propel India to 161 for 7, his head damage turned out to be a blessing in disguise with India unleashing Chahal (3/25 in Four overs) on an Australian aspect caught fully off-guard. The hosts may handle solely 150 for 7 in 20 overs. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
Credit was additionally due to the lion-hearted effort from debutant Thangarasu Natarajan (3/30) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (0/16 in Four overs), who bowled effectively in Powerplay.
ICC match referee David Boon allowed the guests a “like for like” substitute, as mandated by the foundations, for Jadeja in Chahal though dwelling crew coach Justin Langer seemed visibly offended.
The Australians weren’t ready for Chahal, who bowled manner higher in his most most well-liked format, various the tempo of his deliveries and utilizing the flight to good impact.
Natarajan, whose nerves had eased after a good ODI debut, was proper on the cash and obtained one to straighten catching Glenn Maxwell plumb in-front.
If that wasn’t sufficient, Natarajan snuffed out a annoyed D’arcy Short (34 off 38 balls) to make it 113 for Four and India did not have to look again from then on.
Earlier, vice-captain KL Rahul continued his spectacular run within the shortest format with one more fifty however it took Jadeja’s sensible back-end flourish to take India to a preventing whole.
The Indian vice-captain hit 51 off 40 balls however leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/20 in Four overs) and all-rounder Moises Henriques (3/22 in Four overs) have been sensible between overs 11th and 15th, which shifted the momentum in favour of the house crew until Jadeja got here into play with a 44 not out off 23 balls.
During 11th and 15th over, India scored 22 runs and misplaced three wickets in Sanju Samson (23 off 15 balls), Manish Pandey (2 off eight balls) and Rahul.
However, Jadeja (5 fours and a six), who suffered from hamstring hassle, launched into Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc within the last two overs that yielded 34 runs taking Indian to a par-score on the Manuka Oval.
The Indians discovered Zampa tough to get away as he conceded just one boundary whereas Henriques conceded only a six, cleverly various the tempo of his deliveries with a very good mixture of cutters and seam-up stuff.
Rahul, who hit 5 fours and a six, together with Samson and the harmful Hardik Pandya (16 off 15 balls) have been deceived by the tempo of pitch the place driving on the up wasn’t a straightforward job.
Mitchell Starc (2/34) was additionally fast and incisive initially however obtained hit in the course of the loss of life overs.
Four days of relaxation had finished Starc a world of excellent as he discovered each his size and swing again initially. At a scorching 145 clicks, he bowled one which formed away from Shikhar Dhawan beginning on middle-stump and knocking the off-stump again.
Rahul’s first boundary was a mis-hit off Hazlewood over third-man, adopted by a canopy drive off Zampa.
Another streaky boundary off Sean Abbott was topped up by a regal pull-shot into the mid-wicket stands.
Inexperienced leg spinner Mitchell Swepson (1/21 in 2 overs) repeatedly bowled quick however did snap a prized catch in rival skipper Virat Kohli (9) when a ball stopped on him and the end result was a return catch off a forefront.
But Rahul punished him and so did Samson, who rocked again to hit him for a six. Rahul’s half century got here off 37 deliveries.
However, as has been Samson’s trait, he perished when Henriques bowled an off-cutter and the uppish cowl drive.
He was pouched by Swepson and India’s innings went down south from that second earlier than Jadeja did redeem it.