India go 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series after beating australia in the first game by 11 runs. Chasing 162 runs in 20 overs, Australia were restricted to 150/7 in 20 overs.
Natarajan and Yuzvendra Chahal who came in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja scalped three wickets each while Deepak Chahar picked up one wicket.
Captain Aaron Finch top-scored for Australia with 35 while his opening partner D Arcy Short scored 34. Earlier, KL Rahul smacked a fifty for India but the visitors were left tottering at 114/6 when Jadeja took the responsibility on himself and scored 44* off just 23 deliveries.
WHO SAID WHAT?
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.
Aaron Finch: The injury got progressively worse as the game went on. 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.
Yuzvendra Chahal: 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.