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208/6 (20)
211/6 (19.2)
AUS won by 4 wickets
Player of the match: Cameron Green
 
So that'll be all from this contest but we will be back with our coverage of the 2nd T20I between the two sides in Nagpur on Friday (September 23). Do join us for the same while also keeping yourselves intact with all the cricketing news and action from around the globe. If you aren't satiated with enough sport for the day, you can always head over here and follow the final stages of the series opener between Pakistan and England in Karachi. Thank you so much for tuning in today - this is the troika of Shashwat Kumar, Pratyush Rohra and Sooryanarayanan Sesha signing off for now. Good night and take care!
Redemption under an hour - that was the story of Cameron Green in this match. From receiving a shellacking at the hands of Hardik Pandya to dishing out some of his own with a cannon blaster in his hand for a willow, it was quite a show! And he's only added to his growing stocks in international cricket, powering Australia to their third consecutive victory in this format on Indian soil. The hosts have plenty of thinking to do on the bowling front and will want a certain Jasprit Bumrah to return to the setup and turn things around. But the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal sure have a lot of tidying up to do themselves ahead of the next T20I. All of this is good prep for the World Cup, mind you, but time is slowly but surely running out.
Cameron Green is the Player of the Match for his sensational 30-ball 61. Here's what he has to say: (First time opening) Kind of got thrown into the deep a little bit (grins) but it's always great batting with Finchy. He's an experienced campaigner and keeps your head calm. It was a luxury watching the Indians bat - Hardik batted brilliantly and he's one of the best at doing what he does. Watching them bat gave us a bit of an idea on how to go about things. (Will he continue to open?) Got no idea - I'll leave it to the coaches I think (laughs).
Aaron Finch (Australia Captain): (A breeze in the park?) Not sure about that (laughs). It was a good contest. Obviously the dew helped towards the back end. Some really good partnerships from us, some really good contests between bat and ball. We expected India to come hard at us and they did upfront with the bat and towards the back end as well. When you lose a couple of wickets you expect the run-rate to slow down a touch. But I thought the intent the batters coming in showed was great. We love winning and we love playing for our country but at the same time we want to instill confidence within us going into the World Cup.
Rohit Sharma (India Captain): I don't think we bowled that well. 200 is a good score to defend but at the same time we didn't take our chances on the field as well. I think we batted brilliant to get over 200 but the bowlers were not quite there. That can happen - yes there are things we have to look at but it's a great game for us to understand where we went wrong and what we can do better next game. Not as such (dew) but there was something there. We always knew that when we come to Mohali it's a high-scoring ground. Even if you get 200 you can't just relax. You need to keep picking wickets at regular intervals but they also played brilliantly. To play those extraordinary shots was great from them. If I was in that changing room I would be hoping that we can get that score. I'm sure Australia would have been hoping the same. It's such a beautiful ground to score and it was possible to get 60 off 28 balls. That partnership between David and Wade was the turning point. If we would have taken a wicket there things would have been different. Great approach again from our batters to get that score. You can't score 200 everyday no matter how good the wicket is. Hardik batted really well in the end to get that score for us. But the bowling is something we need to look at now.
Australia beat India by 4 wickets and take a 1-0 series lead.

Cameron Green 61 (30) | Nathan Ellis 3/30 (4)
Hardik Pandya 71* (30) | Axar Patel 3/17 (4)

A run-fest on what was a batting paradise especially in the second half of the innings. And in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh, India were bound to struggle in the death overs. Matthew Wade made them pay for their mistakes and ensured that even 208 wasn't enough after a blitzkrieg from Hardik Pandya.

A first-ball six from skipper Aaron Finch was as good a statement as there was though. Alongside Cameron Green, who sure took to opening the innings like a duck to water, the duo tore into the bowlers in the Powerplay with both Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting their radar wrong. Despite Finch departing to Axar Patel and Steve Smith taking a bit of time to see himself in, there was no stopping Green.

Simply put, he beat the Indian bowlers black and blue, racking up a blistering half-century along the way. At 109/1 at the halfway mark, the visitors were in cruise control. But that's where the momentum shifted as Axar Patel prized out the well-set Green before a double-whammy from Umesh Yadav broke the game wide open.

Axar's sensational spell swung things brilliantly in favor of the hosts. With the asking rate mounting, it was getting out of hand for Australia once Josh Inglis too departed. But in the absence of Bumrah and Arshdeep, India were found wanting in the death overs again.

Harshal Patel didn't nail a single yorker and didn't go to his dexterous off-cutter either, with Wade taking him to the cleaners. Bhuvneshwar did execute his yorkers in the 17th over but the field wasn't according to plan and his lines weren't the most consistent. And once again, in the penultimate over, on the back of a 22-run over sent down by Harshal, Bhuvneshwar buckled under pressure and deserted the yorker, playing into Wade's hands as the southpaw shut the game for good, making it far too comfortable in the end for Australia. Stay tuned as we hear from the captains and the Player of the Match...
Matthew Wade: I would like to make it a habit. It is nice to put some scores together. David was a debutant today and nice to get some power like him in the middle. I think the rate did not worry us too much at this ground. We thought we could probably chase it down. You have to work out where they are bowling. I did not want to drag it too far into the leg side. A little bit of pre-meditation but what I have worked on is opening up the whole ground by playing some shots on the off side as well. Greeny was always going to open. This is the format that he has not played a lot of. That is the role we see him playing in the years to come as well. Really exciting all-rounder and he will play a real role for us in the years to come. Smith played really well too, kept the momentum going
209? No worries. The world champions have made light work of this chase and have gunned it down in grand fashion. Australia go 1-0 up in the series with a 4-wicket win and 4 deliveries to spare!
19.2 Yuzvendra Chahal to Pat Cummins, FOUR! THAT WILL BE THAT! Length delivery outside off stump. Cummins waits deep in his crease, lets the ball arrive before threading it past extra cover to seal the deal for Australia! A fitting end to what has been a thoroughly impressive run-chase! 
Leg slip in place.
Pat Cummins, RHB, comes to the crease. He will take strike.
David departs and there's no fairytale finish on his part today. Surely, Australia can't mess this up?
19.1 Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim David, OUT! OH MY! Slightly flat on a length on middle and leg stump. David backs away and looks to apply the coup de grace. He does not quite get the timing though and arrows it off the toe end straight to long off, where Pandya makes absolutely no mistake! Is there a twist in the tale?
Tim David c Hardik Pandya b Yuzvendra Chahal 18 (14b 1x4 1x6)
Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-38-0] to bowl the final over of the game.
From sending down an assortment of yorkers in his last over, Bhuvneshwar has lost the plot in the 19th over. And it's not the first time this has happened in recent times. Australia are just 2 runs away from victory now!
19
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207 /5 score
1w
1
1
1lb
4
4
4
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cricket bat icon Tim David
18 (13)
cricket bat icon Matthew Wade *
45 (21)
cricket ball icon Bhuvneshwar Kumar
0 /52
18.6 Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Matthew Wade, FOUR MORE! THERE HE GOES AGAIN! Another wretched half-tracker outside off stump. Wade opens up his stance and massacres it past deep mid wicket for four
18.5 Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Matthew Wade, FOUR MORE! INDIA ARE ON THE BRINK NOW! Short outside off stump and that is just loose from Bhuvneshwar! Wade rocks back and belts it past deep mid wicket for four
18.4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Matthew Wade, FOUR! SHOT! Low full toss just outside off stump. Wade gives himself just enough room and creams it past extra cover for four
50-run partnership up between David and Wade!