Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had a dramatic day in the first T20 international against Australia as he grabbed the man of the match award to give India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Yuzvendra Chahal, who was not included in the playing eleven initially, came in as a concussion replacement for Ravindra Jadeja. The leggie snared figures of 4-0-25-3 in India’s 11-run victory.
India, who lost the toss, had to bat first and lost all the momentum after a relatively brisk start. Opening batsman KL Rahul was the only one with a telling score to his name, scoring 51 off 40 deliveries. It was Ravindra Jadeja, who despite his hamstring injury, hammered 44 off 23 deliveries to lift India to a challenging 161 in 20 overs on a tricky pitch.
Yuzvendra Chahal came into bowl in the eighth over and struck straight away by picking the wicket of Aaron Finch, who put on 56 for the opening wicket with D’arcy Short. He hit back two more times, removing Steve Smith and finally Matthew Wade in his final over to almost put the final nail on the coffin. The seamers comfortably closed the game for India, restricting them to 150.
Ten to 15 minutes before I got to know I would play: Yuzvendra Chahal
The 29-year old claimed that he felt great and the pressure was absent, mentioning he got to know only ten to fifteen minutes before Australia’s innings that he was going to play. Chahal stated he learnt from his mistakes in One-day cricket and stuck to his bowling plans which paid off.
“A great feeling, no pressure for me when we were batting then I got to know I was going to play. Ten to 15 minutes before I got to know I would play. I learnt from my ODI mistake where I bowled with some flight. In the first innings it was a bit hard to score against their spinners…and I bowled according to my plans,” Chahal told in the post-match presentation.