After having dropped back-to-back catches of Aaron Finch and D’Archy Short during Deepak Chahar’s second over [7th over of the innings], India finally held on to one to dismiss a dangerous-looking Australian skipper during their defense of 162 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
And, the bowler who gave the Men in Blue a much-needed wicket was someone who wasn’t picked in the original playing 11- Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chahal, who was overlooked by the Virat Kohli-led management in favor of off-spin all-rounder Washington Sundar, replaced Ravindra Jadeja as a concussion substitute after the latter was struck on the helmet by Mitchell Starc in the final over of India’s innings.
Chahal did not take much time to get into the act as he induced a mistimed stroke from his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Aaron Finch, who lobbed it to long-off, only for Hardik Pandya to take a brilliant diving catch.
Finch, who had broken Colin Munro’s record of most T20I runs against India, scored a 26-ball 35- an innings which included five fours and six.
Finch’s dismissal gave India an opening that they were desperate for as Yuzvendra Chahal dealt another body blow to the Australians as he enticed Steve Smith into another mistimed stroke and just like Pandya, Sanju Samson did not make the mistake and took a brilliant diving catch at deep midwicket.
Post Smith’s dismissal, T Natarajan got into the act and sent the big fish in Glenn Maxwell packing by pinning the ‘Big Show’ plumb in front of the wicket.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 4, 2020