Hardik Pandya’s blistering performance of 71 runs off 30 balls for India went in vain as Cameron Green and Matthew Wade guided Australia to a 4-wicket win in the first T20I match of the three-match series played in the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Although Hardik did not achieve the results he expected, he received a lot of praise from the Australians for his performance with the bat.
Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Cameron Green was awarded as the “Player of the Match” for his brilliant innings of 61 runs off 30 balls including 8 fours and 4sixes at a strike rate of over 203.
Good To Be Thrown Into The Deep End: Cameron Green
Green said it was nice to be thrown into the deep end with the T20 World Cup at home less than a month away, adding that with skipper Aaron Finch batting with him at the top, it gave him the confidence to bat freely.
“(I) kind of got thrown in the deep end a little bit but it was nice to bat with (Aaron) Finchy. He is an experienced campaigner and keeps you calm in the middle. It was kind of nice. We had the luxury of watching the Indians bat, “said Green.
Hardik Pandya Has To Be The Best In The World – Cameron Green
Pandya smashed Green for three back-to-back sixes in the 20th over of the match. “Hardik played beautifully. He has to be the best in the world at what he does. It kind of gave us an idea of how to go about it (looking at the T20 World Cup) “Green said on Pandya’s batting.
India and Australia went neck and neck in a thrilling series opener at the PCA Stadium. Green also feels that Australia’s batting second helped them because there was some dew on the ground.
“It was a good contest. Obviously, the dew helped us at the back end. Some really good partnerships from us. I thought the intent of all our guys, the way that they just attacked their matchups and really took it on and tried to change the momentum of the game was really good. That’s all we’re after at the moment, “he added.
The second Twenty20I between India and Australia will be played in Nagpur on Friday, with the series being considered as a warm-up for the World Cup starting in Australia next month.