Jadeja 44 runs and star bowler,Yuzvendra Chahal, T Natarajan beat Australia by 11 runs.

India is playing Manish Pandey in place of Shreyas Iyer. They have rested Jasprit Bumrah, while T Natarajan has been given his maiden T20I cap. Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar also get a game. Meanwhile, Australia is playing D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Swepson.

KL Rahul was the highest run-scorer, compiling 51 runs off 40 deliveries. The wicketkeeper-batsman registered his 12th half-century in T20Is, during the course of the innings. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the second-highest run-getter, smashing 44 runs off 23 balls. Jadeja’s knock comprised of five boundaries and a six.

Jadeja 44 runs Magnificient Innings (livesportcentre.com)
Jadeja 44 runs Magnificient Innings (BCCI/Twitter)

Kohli, however, couldn’t build on that momentum and once again be dismissed by a legspinner. The Indian captain could only score 9 off 9 deliveries and the rest of the team could only manage to post 161/7 on the board.

Moises Henriques was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, accounting for three wickets while conceding 22 runs

While chasing the target of 162 runs Australia get good start Aaron Finch and D Arcy Short with Aaron Finch departs for 35 runs off 26 deliveries, as Hardik Pandya completes a fine catch. Steve Smith departs for 12 runs off 9 deliveries, D Arcy Short departs for 34 runs off 38 deliveries by T Natarajan Moises Henriques scored 30 runs off 20 balls. Pick of the bowler T Natarajan who took 3 wickets.

Concussion substitute alert: ICYMI, Jadeja did get hit on his head while batting and given that he also had a hamstring injury shortly, India have got Chahal on as the concussion substitute. Australia coach Justin Langer wasn’t happy with this at all and was seen arguing with the match referee David Boon.

Substitute Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets of Matthew Wade (wk), Steven Smith, Aaron Finch (c) and made the easy win 11 runs to India.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Man of the Match: I have played so many games and was mentally fit. 10-15 minutes before the start of the innings, I got to know I will play. The way Zampa bowled, I tried to do the same as well. It was a little harder to score in the first innings. 150-160 is a good score on this wicket. I bowled according to my plans.

Aaron Finch: The injury got progressively worse as the game went on (about his injury to the hip). Their doctor had ruled Jadeja out due to concussion. You can’t be challenging a medical expert’s opinion. We probably leaked too may runs at the death. Then while chasing, we didn’t hit too many boundaries in the 6-over period.

Virat Kohli: There were no plans of having Yuzi in the game. Concussion replacements are a strange thing. Today, it worked for us. Yuzi showed character to squeeze the opponents. I thought they had a great start. They were cruising. The batters offered us a few wickets. That is T20 cricket for you. In Australia, you need to play hard and show intensity till the end. He batted beautifully in the last game. Natarajan looks like he can improve a lot. Chahar bowled well as well. Chahal got us back in the game. Hardik’s catch was a game changer as well.


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