The shortest format in cricket often brings out the best in a contest. After a mismatch in the Test and ODI series’, there wasn’t much to choose between India and Australia when they met for the first T20 International at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.
Super Saturday on offer. Come on, India. Get the Aussies yet again #INDvsAUS— Saumin Parmar (@RightArmOver1) October 7, 2017
India won the toss an opted to field first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got India off to a flyer when he castled David Warner’s furniture in the first over.
#INDvsAUS 2 fours in row and then a wicket... Looks like bhuvi is having charkraview plan ( Iqbal movie ) great ...— Sagar Puranik (@sagarcool03) October 7, 2017
The Indian spinners spun a web on a slow-low track with Yuzvendra Chahal removing his favourite Aussie of late, Glenn Maxwell.
That's 4 on 4!! 3 times in Odi and now 1 in T20i. Seriously.. Maxwell is Chahal's Bunny. #INDvsAUS— Arun Vijay (@Arun__vijay__) October 7, 2017
Aaron Finch’s purple patch in white ball cricket was brought to a temporary halt when he was outsmarted by Kuldeep Yadav. The visitors followed a now familiar middle-order collapse as the chinaman struck twice. This time, it was Moises Henriques.
What a delivery by young Kuldeep Yadav to counter Finch's sweep shot. Finch surely didn't thought this was coming his way! #INDvAUS— Yash Shinde (@iuryash) October 7, 2017
The Indian bowlers took full advantage of a deceptive track and kept chipping away with wickets.
As the wicket column followed an arithmetic progression, everyone dreaded a low-scoring affair.
Travis Head, who could have prompted Australia to a big finish, played outside the line of a ball and was played-on off the bowling of Hardik Pandya.
Five down Australia. Now, that's embarrassing. Pandya gets Head. India in a total control of the game. #INDvsAUS— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) October 7, 2017
Kung-fu Pandya Strikes And Takes Away Kangaroos Head. 😉October 7, 2017
Tim Paine on his come-back tour had the rub of green going his way for a short while.
What's happening there? Tim Paine Got 3 Lifelines in Yuzi's over. #INDvsAUS— Satnam Sohal 🏏 (@imSatnam_) October 7, 2017
Towards the end of the first innings, Virat Kohli turned to his death-over specialist and Jasprit Bumrah’s double strike restricted Australia to 118 for 8 when rain came down in the 19th over.
boom boom bumrah!!👊
strikes..& 2 wkt down💪👏👏#INDvsAUS— Vishakha Shekhawat (@V_Shekhawat9) October 7, 2017
As the steady showers persisted, there was restlessness not just among the spectators but the players who watched the entire ground covered in blue-sheets.
Evening Rains and Ranchi. A love story from eternity #INDvsAUS— HARSH KUMAR (@HARSHKUMAR3) October 7, 2017
The rains stopped and play resumed just in time for India to bat six overs that was required for a result. The DLS target was 48.
The stumps have been erected. The Australian bowlers are warming up on the side wicket. waiting for the official chase details #INDvsAUS— Deepanshu Garg (@deepanshugarg07) October 7, 2017
Rohit Sharma flicked Nathan Coulter-Nile for a maximum but lost his middle pole in the following delivery as India lost their first wicket with just 11 runs on the board.
Rohit Sharma hits a six off the first ball and gets out bowled on the next ball 😡😥— Abhishek Sarkar (@Iam_Abhi45) October 7, 2017
In at number three, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stroked a flurry of boundaries to ensure the Indian run chase was well on track.
I think today Indian and Aus players play with baseball bat.#INDvsAUS— Umesh kashyap (@kashyapumesh) October 7, 2017
Can't get better than this.
Captain to the rescue. :D 💪#INDvsAUS— Prateek Khare (@TweetsByPrateek) October 7, 2017
The leg-spinner Adam Zampa bowled a tight fifth over but India were just a stroke away from victory with a run-a-ball required in the final over.
Dhawan is getting the scorecard going. India needs to play smart here. No, lose shots. #INDvsAUS— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) October 7, 2017
As it turned out, Virat Kohli played a gorgeous lofted extra-cover drive to seal the win.