IND vs AUS 1st T20I: Despite scoring a mammoth score of 208 runs in the first innings, India lost the first T20I by 4 wickets against Australia on Tuesday. After being invited to bat first, India lost both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli inside the power play to leave the team in trouble at 35 for 2.
However, KL Rahul looked in pristine form, while Suryakumar Yadav also looked solid at the crease. Despite the fall of wickets, the duo scored boundaries at a great rate. KL Rahul played a phenomenal knock of 55 runs in 35 balls at a strike rate of 157.14.
Suryakumar Yadav, on the other hand, made 46 runs in 25 balls, including 2 fours and 4 sixes. Both of them got out by the 14th over. But Hardik Pandya was still at the crease. He continued his fine form, playing another sensational knock with the willow.
Pandya smashed three sixes in the last three balls of the innings to take the team to a mammoth score of 208 runs at the end of the first innings. Pandya remained unbeaten on 71 off just 30 balls at a strike rate of 236.67. His knock was laced with 7 fours and 5 sixes.
For Australia, Nathan Ellis was the only shining armour in the bowling attack. He returned with figures of 3 for 30 in 4 overs. India looked like favourites to win the game till that point.
However, the decision to send Cameron Green worked wonders for the team. He wreaked havoc with the ball, producing a match-winning knock of 61 runs in 30 balls.
India got themselves back into the game in the 12th over after Axar Patel got rid of Steve Smith. Umesh Yadav then sent Maxwell and Smith back to the hut in the very next over to leave the team at 123 for 4. But a sensational knock of 45 runs in 21 balls from Mathew Wade meant Australia chased down the score with 4 balls left in the innings.
IND vs AUS 1st T20I: Australia 211 for 6 (Green 61, Wade 45*, Axar 3-17) beat India 208 for 6 (Hardik 71*, Rahul 55, Ellis 3-30) by four wickets