Australia: 118/8 (18.4 overs; Finch 42, Maxwell 17; Bumrah 2/17, 2/16)
India: 49/1 (5.3 overs; Kohli 22; Coulter-Nile 1/20)
India win by 9 wickets (DLS Method target: 48 in 6 overs)
Man of the match: Kuldeep Yadav
In a rain interrupted match, it was the hosts India who once again came up victorious against Australia with achieving their target with 3 balls to spare. This is the 7th consecutive T-20 international where the men in blue have beaten the Kangaroos.
Australia were on the back foot early on when deputy captain David Warner was bowled by Bhuveneshwar Kumar in the very first over. Finch & Maxwell added a quick fire 47-run partnership before the latter was taken out by young spinner Chahal. Australia were going okay with a target in excess of 150 were in sight but the Indians didn’t allow that. With economical bowling & picking up wickets at regular intervals, Australia was restricted to a mere 118 for 8 in the 19th over before rain took over. Jaspreet Bumrah & new sensation Kuldeep Yadav took 2 wickets each, with the latter being awarded the man of the match award. The Indian players as well as the supporters were left frustrated with seemingly an easy win about to be taken away by Mother Nature.
But they weren’t to be denied. After almost a two hour delay, the match resumed with India requiring 48 within 6 overs via the DRS method. Despite losing Rohit Sharma early on, Shikhar Dahwan & skipper Virat Kohli achieved the target within 5.3 overs to give the men in blue a 1-0 ead in the three match T-20 series. Secodn T-20 will be played on 10th October.