Twitter Erupts As India Beat Australia By 11 Runs In Canberra
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Twitter Erupts As India Beat Australia By 11 Runs In Canberra

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India (Credits: Twitter)

Ravindra Jadeja’s whirlwind assault with the bat and brilliant bowling performance by his concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal and debutant T Natarajan has helped India restrict Australia to 7-150 to notch up their 8th consecutive win in T20Is and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at Canberra.

Chasing 162, Australia got off to an ideal start as the opening duo of Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short took the attack to the India bowlers, smoking them for 54 runs without the loss of any wicket.

India could have had two in two balls in the 7th over bowled Deepak Chahar but for the dropped catches by Manish Pandey (of Aaron Finch) and skipper Virat Kohli (of D’Arcy Short).

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Yuzvendra Chahal strikes [Photo-Twitter]
Eventually, it was the concussion substitute in Yuzvendra Chahal, who gave India a much-needed breakthrough after he induced a leading edge off Aaron Finch’s bat, which was safely gobbled by Hardik Pandya at long-off.

One wicket brought two for India and Yuzvendra Chahal as the leg-spinner induced another mistimed stroke from an Australian batsman, this time by Steve Smith- as Sanju Samson completed a brilliant diving catch as deep midwicket.

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T Natatajan with his teammates [Photo-Twitter]
Glenn Maxwell failed to emulate his exploits of the ODI series and was pinned in front of the wickets by T Natarajan for a 3-ball 2. D’arcy Short and Moises Henriques stitched a 38-run-stand for the fourth wicket in 4.3 overs before Natarajan struck once again to remove the set opener for a 38-ball 34.

Washington Sundar [0-16 in 4 overs] continued to strange the Aussie batsmen as he gave away just 3 runs in his final over before Chahal backed it up with another brilliant over, eventually dismissing Matthew Wade, who holed out at deep midwicket. Deepak Chahar came back to dismiss the big fish in Moises Henriques LBW in the next over while T Natarajan knocked over Mitchell Starc with a brute of a yorker, which ultimately proved to be a death knell for the home side.

 

Ravindra Jadeja’s late onslaught helped India post 7-161 against Australia

Earlier, batting first, India did not get off to the best of starts. Shikhar Dhawan struggled during his six-ball 1 before eventually getting castled by a full and fast delivery by Mitchell Starc. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were conservative in the powerplay and it was only in the last over bowled by Sean Abbott in which Rahul scored a four and a six that helped them get to 42 runs in the first six.

Virat Kohli struggled for his timing throughout his 9-ball 9 and was eventually dismissed by Mitchell Swepson when in an attempt to guide the ball towards the on-side, he got a leading edge due to a late sharp turn to give an easy return catch to the spinner.

Swepson struggled in landing the ball in the right areas and the likes of Rahul and Samson cashed in to smoke for sixes over deep midwicket. Sanju Samson displayed his class as he swotted Abbott over the cover region off the backfoot for a boundary to take the total to 80 in the 11th over.

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KL Rahul [Photo-Twitter]
KL Rahul, on the other hand, continued his rich vein of form in T20 cricket as he completed yet another 50 (off 37 balls) with a single in the same over. Samson, however, once again failed to convert (15-ball 23) his start into a big knock as he holed out at cover while trying to drive a Moises Henriques slower delivery.

Manish Pandey struggled during his 7-ball 2 before the pressure of increasing the run-rate led to his downfall as he was beaten by the extra bounce generated by Zampa to give a catch to Josh Hazlewood.

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Moises Henriques after dismissing KL Rahul [Photo-Twitter]
With just 5 runs coming in the last 15 balls, the pressure of upping the tempo got to KL Rahul and he eventually holed out to Sean Abbott at long-off, leaving India reeling at 5-93 after 14 overs.

Hardik Pandya stroked some lusty blows to take India’s total past 100 but at the time of writing he too holed out in trying to up the ante courtesy of a slower ball wide of off-stump by Moises Henriques.

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Ravindra Jadeja (Credits: Twitter)

At 6-115 after 17 overs, even 150 was looking difficult but Ravindra Jadeja’s (44* off 23) onslaught against Josh Hazlewood in the 19th over in which he smashed two fours and six on three successive deliveries and two boundaries off Starc in the last over ensured that India finished at 7-161.

 

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