New Delhi.Australia defeated India by four wickets with four balls to spare before Matthew Wade’s unbeaten knock of 45 off 21 balls followed by a half-century from Cameron Green (61 runs). The fielding of the Indian team was very disappointing in which the team dropped three catches. Apart from the fielding in this defeat, the bowling was also bad. Except Akshar Patel, everyone conceded runs. Apart from half-centuries from all-rounder Hardik Pandya (71 not out) and opener KL Rahul (55 runs), Suryakumar Yadav (46 runs) helped India put up a massive score of 208 for six after being invited to bat.
Australia scored 211 for six in 19.2 overs with the help of a half-century from Green, 35 from Steve Smith and finally an unbeaten 45 off 21 balls with six fours and two sixes from Wade to win the series 1-0 in a four-wicket win. took the lead. Tim David scored 18 runs in the debut match for Australia.
The players of both the teams, taking full advantage of the batting-friendly pitch, entertained the spectators with spectacular shots. Indian fielders gave many lives to the Australian players, otherwise this score could have been something else. Australian captain Aaron Finch’s form has been in question for some time now, but he scored 22 runs in 13 balls with three fours and a six and was the first to be dismissed by Axar Patel. Finch had told about opening the innings with Cameron Green at the time of the toss itself. Green did not disappoint his captain in the slightest.
Green and Smith were moving towards a good score by playing a fast half-century partnership for the second wicket. During this, Akshay Patel gave life to Green on Hardik’s ball in the eighth over, when he was on 43 runs. In the 9th over, Rahul again dropped Smith’s catch while running from long off. On the very next ball, Green completed his half-century by hitting a six in midwicket off Axar Patel, his first fifty in professional cricket as an opener.
Akshay Patel took his wicket when he tried to play the ball high and Kohli made no mistake in catching it. This ended an excellent partnership of 70 runs in 40 balls between Green and Smith. Green made 61 runs in 30 balls with eight fours and four sixes. India did two reviews in the 12th over in which it got the wickets of Smith (35 runs) and Glenn Maxwell. But there was no decrease in Australia’s run-rate. Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (52 runs in four overs) again proved costly in the 19th over, conceding 16 runs in it. Akshar Patel took three for 17 in four overs while Umesh Yadav took two wickets for 27 runs in two overs. Yuzvendra Chahal took one wicket for 42 runs.
Earlier, half-centuries from all-rounder Hardik Pandya (71 not out) and opener KL Rahul (55 runs) made India a massive total of 208 for six against Australia in the first match of the three-match series. Apart from Hardik and Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav (46 runs) took full advantage of the batting-friendly pitch and entertained the audience with spectacular shots.
Hardik made the Indian innings more exciting by hitting three consecutive sixes on Cameron Green in the last over. This made 67 runs in the last five overs and India crossed the 200-run mark. Rahul’s strike rate has been criticized for some time now, but he responded by hitting four fours and three sixes in his 35-ball knock. Then while batting hard, facing 30 balls, he hit seven fours and five sixes.
Apart from these two, Suryakumar Yadav hit two fours and four sixes in 25 balls. Australia won the toss and invited India to bat. But captain Rohit Sharma (11) and Virat Kohli (02) returned cheaply to the pavilion. After which Rahul and Suryakumar played a partnership of 68 runs in 42 balls in which both of them hit many great shots. Rahul hit scintillating sixes on Josh Hazlewood in cow corner and then on Cameron Green at deep square leg.
Suryakumar also played his style and hit four sixes, including two consecutive sixes at long on and deep midwicket on Adam Zampa. Then Hardik, playing responsibly, completed his half-century and scored runs openly against the Australian bowlers. Nathan Ellis took three and Josh Hazlewood took two wickets for Australia. Cameron Green gets a wicket. Australia made Tim David’s debut in the match.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 20, 2022, 22:36 IST