India beats Australia by 11 runs to take 1-0 lead

By ScoreLine Desk - December 5, 2020

Canberra: T. Natarajan and Yuzvendra Chahal shared six wickets among themselves as the Indian came out with a clinical show to draw first blood.

Hobbled all-rounder hits 44 off 23 balls before his concussion substitute, Yuzvendra Chahal, delivers a vital spell to ice 11-run win over Australia.

India’s former junior chess champion Yuzvendra Chahal checkmated Australia when he came off the bench to bowl India to an unlikely win in the opening match of the three-game T20I Series.

Chahal, wasn’t part of India’s starting XI at Manuka Oval but was swung into the game in controversial circumstances when fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out with concussion.

The super-sub snared 3-25 from his four overs, the best bowling return of the match, to be named player of the match despite being rushed into the line-up at the change of innings to the clear displeasure of the Australian camp.

Despite an impressive all-round effort from Moises Henriques, who had warmed up for his first T20 outing for Australia since 2017 by playing chess with Steve Smith over lunch in Canberra, Australia’s chase of 162 faltered after a bright start.

Jadeja had scored 20 from 16 deliveries, and India’s innings had found little fluency when the spin-bowling allrounder clutched his right hamstring upon aiming a hefty heave at Josh Hazlewood and scampering through for a second run.

Australia’s revamped approach to T20 cricket was reflected in the deployment of Test strike pair Starc and Hazlewood with the new ball for just the second time in the shortest format.

By ScoreLine Desk

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