Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Australia successfully chased the biggest target in T20I match against India
- Cameron Green and Matthew Wade were the heroes of Australia’s victory
- Australia take a 1-0 lead in the series of three T20 Internationals
Mohali: World champions Australia defeated the number-1 ranked Indian team by four wickets with 4 balls to spare in the first T20 International match played in Mohali on Tuesday. The win was a historic one for Australia as they successfully chased down the biggest target in T20 International cricket against India. The Indian team led by Rohit Sharma batted first and scored 208 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. In reply, Australia chased down the target in 19.2 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.
With this win, Aaron Finch-led Australia took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The second match between the two countries will be played in Nagpur on Friday. Coming to bat first, India scored a mammoth score of 208 runs on the back of the scintillating innings of Hardik Pandya (71 *) and KL Rahul (55). Let us tell you that this is India’s highest score in T20 International cricket against Australia.
Cameron Green (61) gave a stormy start to Australia chasing the target of 209 runs. He added 39 runs at the opening with captain Aaron Finch (22). Finch was clean bowled by Axar Patel. After this, Green along with Steve Smith (35) added 70 runs for the second wicket to take the team beyond 100 runs. Patel broke this partnership by getting Green caught by Kohli. The right-handed batsman opened for the first time in his T20 International career and scored 61 runs in just 30 balls with the help of 8 fours and four sixes.
From here the Australian innings faltered. In the 12th over of the innings, Umesh Yadav gave a strong blow to the visiting team by getting Smith and Glenn Maxwell (1) caught by wicketkeeper Karthik. Then Patel bowled Josh Inglis (17) and gave Australia the fifth blow. Debutant Tim David (18) and Matthew Wade (45 *) turned the dice with a 62-run partnership for the sixth wicket from here. Chahal got David caught by Pandya, but by then it was too late. Pat Cummins stamped the victory of the Kangaroo team by scoring a four.
Matthew Wade remained unbeaten on 45 off 21 balls with the help of 6 fours and two sixes. By the way, this is Australia’s fourth biggest successful run chase in T20 International cricket. Australia achieved the target of 245 runs in 18.5 overs against New Zealand on 16 February 2018 for the loss of five wickets, which is their highest run chase record.
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