IND vs AUS 1st T20 highlights: Chahal, Natarajan helps India win by 11 runs

Natarajan, whose nerves had eased after a decent ODI debut, was right on the money and got one to straighten catching Glenn Maxwell plumb in-front. Photo: @BCCI

Yuzvendra Chahal turned out to be the perfect concussion substitute after an injured Ravindra Jadeja did his part with the bat as the duo played their roles to perfection in India's impressive 11-run victory over Australia in the first T20 International of three-match series at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on Friday.

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While Jadeja smashed an unbeaten 44 off 23 balls to propel India to 161 for 7, his head injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise with India unleashing Chahal (3/25 in 4 overs) on an Australian side caught completely off-guard. The hosts could manage only 150 for 7 in 20 overs.

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Credit was also due to the lion-hearted effort from debutant Thangarasu Natarajan (3/30) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (0/16 in 4 overs), who bowled well in Powerplay.

ICC match referee David Boon allowed the visitors a "like for like" replacement, as mandated by the rules, for Jadeja in Chahal even though home team coach Justin Langer looked visibly angry.

And to make matters worse, Chahal dimissed two form men -- Aaron Finch (35) and Steve Smith (12) -- in his first two overs to turn the game on its head.

The Australians were not prepared for Chahal, who bowled way better in his most preferred format, varying the pace of his deliveries and using the flight to good effect.

Natarajan, whose nerves had eased after a decent ODI debut, was right on the money and got one to straighten catching Glenn Maxwell plumb in-front.

If that wasn't enough, Natarajan snuffed out a frustrated D'arcy Short (34 off 38 balls) to make it 113 for 4 and India didn't have to look back from then on.

IND vs AUS 1st T20 full scorecard: Australian innings

Batsman Dismissals Runs Balls Fours Sixes
D' Arcy Short c Hardik b Natarajan 34 38 3 0
Aaron Finch c Pandya b Chahal 35 26 5 1
Steve Smith c Samson b Chahal 12 9 0 1
Glenn Maxwell lbw b Natarajan 2 3 0 0
Moses Henriques lbw b Chahar 27 17 1 1
Mathew Wade c Kohli b Chahal 7 9 0 0
Sean Abbott not out 12 8 0 1
Mitchell Starc b Natarajan 1 2 0 0
Mitchell Swepson not out 12 5 1 1
Total: 150-7 in 20 Overs
Bowlers Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Deepak Chahar 4 0 29 1
Washington Sundar 4 0 16 0
Mohammed Shami 4 0 46 0
T Natarajan 4 0 30 3
Yuzvendra Chahal (sub) 4 0 25 3

Earlier, vice-captain KL Rahul continued his impressive run in the shortest format with yet another fifty but it took Jadeja's brilliant back-end flourish to take India to a fighting total.

The Indian vice-captain hit 51 off 40 balls but leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/20 in 4 overs) and all-rounder Moises Henriques (3/22 in 4 overs) were brilliant between overs 11th and 15th, which shifted the momentum in favour of the home team till Jadeja came into play with a 44 not out off 23 balls.

During 11th and 15th over, India scored 22 runs and lost three wickets in Sanju Samson (23 off 15 balls), Manish Pandey (2 off 8 balls) and Rahul.

However, Jadeja (five fours and a six), who suffered from hamstring trouble, launched into Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc in the final two overs that yielded 34 runs taking Indian to a par-score at the Manuka Oval.

The Indians found Zampa difficult to get away as he conceded only one boundary while Henriques conceded just a six, cleverly varying the pace of his deliveries with a good mix of cutters and seam-up stuff.

Rahul, who hit five fours and a six, along with Samson and the dangerous Hardik Pandya (16 off 15 balls) were deceived by the pace of pitch where driving on the up wasn't an easy job.

Mitchell Starc (2/34) was also quick and incisive at the start but got hit during the death overs.

Four days of rest had done Starc a world of good as he found both his length and swing back at the start. At a scorching 145 clicks, he bowled one that shaped away from Shikhar Dhawan starting on middle-stump and knocking the off-stump back.

India vs Australia 1st T20 full scorecard: Indian innings

Batsman Dismissals Runs Balls Fours Sixes
KL Rahul c Abbott b Henriques 51 40 5 1
Shikhar Dhawan b Starc 1 6 0 0
Virat Kohli c & b Swepson 9 9 1 0
Sanju Samson c Swepson b Henriques 23 15 1 1
Manish Pandey c Hazlewood b Zampa 2 7 0 0
Hardik Pandya c Smith b Henriques 16 15 0 1
Ravindra Jadeja not out 44 23 5 1
Washington Sundar c Abbott b Starc 7 5 1 0
Deepak Chahar not out 0 0 0 0
Total: 161-7 in 20 Overs
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Mitchell Starc 4 0 34 2
Josh Hazlewood 4 0 39 0
Adam Zampa 4 0 20 1
Sean Abbott 2 0 23 0
Mitchell Swepson 2 0 21 1
Moses Henriques 4 0 22 3

India vs Australia 1st T20I playing 11

Both India and Australia have made quite a few changes in their playing 11 from the 3rd ODI here. For India, Manish pandey, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami are the changes in the playing 11 while Australia has made four changes.

India playing 11:  Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, T Natarajan. Yuzvendra Chahal (concussion substitute)

Australia playing 11:  D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Swepson, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

 

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Match of the match

Yuzvendra Chahal: 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

India wins by 11 runs

Powerplay: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 53 runs, 0 wicket)
 
Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja as a concussion substitute from the start of Australia's innings.

Australia: 50 runs in 5.5 overs (35 balls), Extras 2
1st Wicket: 50 runs in 35 balls (Short 18, Finch 32, Extra 2)
Over 10.3: Review by India (Bowling), Umpire - Craig, Batsman - Maxwell (Upheld)
Australia: 100 runs in 13.3 overs (81 balls), Extras 4
Over 17.4: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - Tucker, Batsman - Henriques (Struck down)
Australia: 150 runs in 19.6 overs (120 balls), Extras 5

IND vs AUS live score after 20 Overs: 150-7

Over Summary: 3 1 0 1 6 4 ; Australia: 150-7 ; Sean Abbott (12), Mitchell Swepson (12)

Mohammed Shami [3.0-0-31-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Swepson hits over extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 5: Swepson smashes over long-on for SIX
 
Ball 4: Abbott drills out the yorker to sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2:  Swepson collects a single.
 
Ball 1:  Abbott ramps over keeper for a three runs.

Australia need 27 runs in 6 balls

Partnership: 10(6)
Last Wkt: Mitchell Starc b T Natarajan 1(2) - 127/7 in 18.1 ov.
Last 5 overs: 32 runs, 4 wkts

IND vs AUS live score after 19 Overs: 135-7 | Natarajan castles Starc

Over Summary: W 0 1 0 6 1 ; Australia: 135-7 ; Sean Abbott (8), Mitchell Swepson (1)

Natarajan [3.0-0-22-2] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Abboot.
 
Ball 5: Sean Abbott slogs the slow delivery towards mid-wicket for SIX.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Swepson collects a single.
 
Ball 2: DOT

Mitchell Swepson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Natarajan cleans up Starc with a yorker straight onto off stump, GONE.

IND vs AUS live score after 18 Overs: 127-6 | Chahar scalps Henriques

Over Summary: 1 1 2 W 1 0 ; Australia: 127-6 ; Sean Abbott (1), Mitchell Starc (1)

Deepak Chahar [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Mitchell Starc, left handed bat, comes to the crease and hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 4: Henriques tries to play a ramp shot, misses, Rahul appeals and umpire raises the finger. Henriques takes REVIEW, there is no bat involved, and there is three REDS, OUT. Henriques lbw b Chahar 30(20) [4s-1 6s-1]
 
Ball 3: Henriques drives wide of long-off fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Abbott collects a single towards point.
 
Ball 1: Henriques collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 17 Overs: 122-5 | Chahal scalps Wade

Over Summary: 2 1 1 1 1 W ; Australia: 122-4 ; Moses Henriques (27)

Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-19-2] is back into the attack

Ball 6: mathew Wade sweeps straight to deep mid-wicket fielder and Kohli completes the catch. Wade c Kohli b Chahal 7(9)
 
Ball 5: Henriques collects a single towards deep extra cover.
 
Ball 4: Wade colelects a single towards cover-point region.
 
Ball 3: Henriques collects a single towards cover-point region.
 
Ball 2:  Wade collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Wade collects a couple of runs.

IND vs AUS live score after 16 Overs: 116-4

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 1 0 ; Australia: 116-4 ; Moses Henriques (25), Mathew Wade (3)

Washington Sundar [3.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Wade collects a single towards long-off.
 
Ball 4: A swing and miss from Wade.
 
Ball 3: Wade collects a couple of runs towards deep mid-wicket.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

IND vs AUS live score after 15 Overs: 113-4

Over Summary: 1 1 5 1 1 W ; Australia: 113-4 ; Moses Henriques (25)

Natarajan [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Short goes for a biggie but holed up to long-on, GONE. D Arcy Short c Hardik Pandya b T Natarajan 34(38) [4s-3]
 
Ball 5: Henriques collects a single.
 
Ball 4: Short collects a single.
 
Ball 3: Henriques cuts towards backward point and goes for a single. Manish goes for a 
 
Ball 2: Short drills put the yorker towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 1: Henriques drags towards long-on for a single.

Australia needs 58 runs in 36 balls

Partnership: 29(21)
Last Wkt: Glenn Maxwell lbw b T Natarajan 2(3) - 75/3 in 10.3 ov.
Last 5 overs: 36 runs, 2 wkts

IND vs AUS live score after 14 Overs: 104-3

Over Summary: 1 0 4 2 1 Wd 0 ; Australia: 104-3 ; D Arcy Short (32), Moses Henriques (18)

Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-10-2] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Short tries to play a reverse sweep, misses, DOT

Ball 6: Short tries to cut tge wide delivery, misses. WIDE called
 
Ball 5: Henriques tucks towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Henriques chips over extra cover for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 3: Henriques cuts towards deep point for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Short collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 13 Overs: 95-3

Over Summary: 6 1 0 1 1 1 ; Australia: 95-3 ; D Arcy Short (31), Moses Henriques (11)

Mohammed Shami [2.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Short.
 
Ball 5: Henriques cuts towards deep point for a single.
 
Ball 4: Short collects a single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Henriques collects a single.
 
Ball 1: A back of length delivery and Henriques pulls towards deep backward square leg for SIX.

IND vs AUS live score after 12 Overs: 85-3

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 L1 L1 ; Australia: 85-3 ; D Arcy Short (29), Moses Henriques (3)

Washington Sundar [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: One leg byes
 
Ball 5: One leg byes.
 
Ball 4: Henriques collects a single.
 
Ball 3: A single for Short.
 
Ball 2: Henriques collects  a single.
 
Ball 1: Short collects a single.

Australia needs 83 runs in 54 balls

Partnership: 4(3)
Last Wkt: Glenn Maxwell lbw b T Natarajan 2(3) - 75/3 in 10.3 ov.
Last 5 overs: 26 runs, 3 wkts

IND vs AUS live score after 11 Overs: 79-3 | Natarajan scalps Maxwell

Over Summary: 1 0 W 1 2 1 ; Australia: 79-3 ; D Arcy Short (27), Moses Henriques (1)

Natarajan [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Short collects a single towards deep backward square leg.
 
Ball 5: Short clips a tad wide of deep backward square leg fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Moises Henriques, right handed bat, comes to the crease and punches towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 3: Maxwell misses a straight delivery, follows by a loud appeal, umpire remains umoved. Kohli takes review and it is three runs. Maxwell departs. Maxwell lbw b T Natarajan 2(3)
 
Ball 2: A slow delivery, Maxwell edges in front of keeper.
 
Ball 1: Short collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 10 Overs: 74-2 | Chahal scalps Smith

Over Summary: 1 1 2 0 W 2 ; Australia: 74-2 ; D Arcy Short (23), Glenn Maxwell (2)

Chahal continues...

Ball 6: Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease and scoops the ball straight down the ground for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 5: Smith slog sweeps towards mid-wicket and Samson takes the catch while diving catch in front. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Smith collects a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Short collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Smith hits towards sweeper cover for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 9 Overs: 68-1

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 6 1 ; Australia: 68-1 ; D Arcy Short (22), Steve Smith (9)

Chahar continues...

Ball 6: A single for Smith.
 
Ball 5: Smith pulls the short delivery for SIX towards deep backward square leg.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Short collects a single.
 
Ball 2: Smith collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Short collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 8 Overs: 58-1 | Chahal scalps Finch

Over Summary: 1 0 1 W 1 1 ; Australia: 58-1 ; D Arcy Short (20), Steve Smith (1)

Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Short collects a single.
 
Ball 5: Steven Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a single towards sweeper cover.
 
Ball 4: Finch goes for the big shot but holed up to long-off. GONE. Finch c Hardik Pandya b Chahal 35(26) [4s-5 6s-1]
 
Ball 3: Short collects a single.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Finch collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 7 Overs: 54-0 | Kohli drops a SITTER

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; Australia: 54-0 ; D Arcy Short (18), Aaron Finch (34)

Deepak Chahar [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4:  DOT
 
Ball 3: A bumper, Short gets a top edge and Virat Kohli drops a SITTER. 
 
Ball 2: Aaron Finch slices towards backward point, Manish drops a tough chance. A single taken.
 
Ball 1: DOT

IND vs AUS live score after 6 Overs: 53-0

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 4 1 ; Australia: 53-0 ; D Arcy Short (18), Aaron Finch (33)

Natarajan, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Finch.
 
Ball 5: Finch gets an inside edge to fine leg boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: A single for Short.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Finch collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Short collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 5 Overs: 45-0

Over Summary: 4 0 6 1 0 1 ; Australia: 45-0 ; D Arcy Short (16), Aaron Finch (27)

Shami continues...

Ball 6: Short collects a simgle.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Finch collects a single.
 
Ball 3: Finch smashes SIX.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Finch smashes FOUR.

IND vs AUS live score after 4 Overs: 33-0

Over Summary: 4 1 0 1 0 1 ; Australia: 33-0 ; D Arcy Short (15), Aaron Finch (16)

Washington Sundar continues...

Ball 6: A single for Finch.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Short.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Finch collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Short smashes FOUR.

IND vs AUS live score after 3 Overs: 26-0

Over Summary: 0 4 4 1 0 L1 ; Australia: 26-0 ; D Arcy Short (14), Aaron Finch (10)

Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: One leg byes
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Short.
 
Ball 3: Short smashes half volley for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Short smashes SIX.
 
Ball 1: DOT

BREAKING NEWS: Chahal concussion substitute for Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja was struggling with hamstring injury but during the innings he was hit on helmet too. 



IND vs AUS live score after 2 Overs: 16-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 0 0 ; Australia: 16-0 ; D Arcy Short (5), Aaron Finch (10)

Washington Sundar, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Finch steers straight to backward point for no run.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Finch drives towards a tad wide of mid-off for a couple of runs as Dhawan makes a sloppy effort.
 
Ball 3: Finch dances down the ground but gets beaten on the flight. DOT
 
Ball 2: Finch goes towards leg stump and hits towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 1: Finch straight to extra cover.

IND vs AUS live score after 1 Overs: 14-0

Over Summary: 1 4 4 L1 4 0 ; Australia: 14-0 ; D Arcy Short (5), Aaron Finch (8)

Deepak Chahar bowls the first over..

Ball 6: Chahar beats Short outside off with a peach of delivery.
 
Ball 5: Short smashes the full delivery straight down the ground for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Finch collects a leg byes for Australia.
 
Ball 3: Finch drives on the up through mid-off fielder for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: A short delivery, Finch jabs towards deep square leg boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Short clips toeards deep fine leg for a single.

Australia's chase begins

Aaron Finch, D' Arcy short open for Asutralia. Deepak Chahar takes the new ball

Australia needs 162 runs to win

Indian innings key highlights

Powerplay: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 42 runs, 1 wicket)
India: 50 runs in 6.6 overs (42 balls), Extras 2
KL Rahul: 50 off 37 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
India: 100 runs in 15.3 overs (93 balls), Extras 5
India: 150 runs in 18.6 overs (115 balls), Extras 8
Innings Break: India - 161/7 in 20.0 overs (Jadeja 44, Chahar 0)

IND vs AUS live score after 20 Overs: 161-7 | Sundar departs

Over Summary: 1 1 W 4 4 1 ; India: 161-7 ; Ravindra Jadeja (44), Deepak Chahar (0)

Starc bowls the last over...

Ball 6:  Jadeja collects a single as Starc bowls a perfect yorker.
 
Ball 5: A short delivery, Jadeja waiting for it and pulls towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Jadeja smashes straight down the ground for FOUR.

Deepak Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Sundar holed up the low full toss to long-on, GONE. Washington Sundar c Abbott b Starc 7(5) [4s-1]
 
Ball 2: Jadeja gets an top edge onto the helmet, Henriques nearly took one handed catch at backward point. A single taken.
 
Ball 1: Sundar drills out the yorker to mid-wicket for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 19 Overs: 150-6 | Jadeja on fire

Over Summary: 4 0 N2 2 6 4 4 ; India: 150-6 ; Ravindra Jadeja (34), Washington Sundar (6)

Josh Hazlewood [3.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Jadeja drives through extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 5: Jadeja hits just over backward square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: After a medical attention, Jadeja whacks good length delivery towards mid-wicket for SIX.

Ball 3: FREE HIT. A slow bumper, Jadeja gets a top edge without any timing towards mid-on for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 3: Jadeja moves outside off and whips towards cow corner for a couple of runs. Third umpire calls NO BALL.
 
Ball 2: A wide delivery outside off, Jadeja hits straight to extra cover, no run.
 
Ball 1: A full delivery on off stump, Jadeja drives through extra cover for FOUR.

IND vs AUS live score after 18 Overs: 127-6

Over Summary: 1 Wd2 2 1 4 2 0 ; India: 127-6 ; Ravindra Jadeja (12), Washington Sundar (6)

Mitchell Starc [2.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A yorker outside off, Sundar fails to put bat on ball.
 
Ball 5: Sundar hits without any timing towards long-on for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Sundar gets an insid edge to fine leg boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Jadeja collects a single towards mid-wicket.
 
Ball 2: Jadeja hits towards wide of long-on fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: TWO WIDES
 
Ball 1: Jadeja collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 17 Overs: 115-6 | Pandya departs

Over Summary: 6 1 1 2 W 1 ; India: 115-6 ; Ravindra Jadeja (8), Washington Sundar (0)

Moises Henriques [3.0-0-11-2] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Jadeja hits towards deep point for a single.
 
Ball 5: Pandya goes for a biggie again but this time hits from the bottom of the bat, Smith takes the skier to send Hardik packing. Hardik Pandya c Smith b Henriques 16(15) [6s-1]
 
Ball 4: Pandya smashes towards long-on and Abbott takes the catch but throws away as he tries to save a certain six. Two runs taken.
 
Ball 3: Jadeja hits towards deep extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 2 A short and wide delivery, Pandya hits towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 1: A slow delivery and Pandya whacks it over long-on for SIX.

IND vs AUS live score after 16 Overs: 104-5

Over Summary: 2 0 1 1 1 2 ; India: 104-5 ; Hardik Pandya (7), Ravindra Jadeja (6)

Josh Hazlewood [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Jadeja steers towards short third man for a couple of runs thanks to a miss field.
 
Ball 5: Pandya punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: Jadeja hits towards mid-off for a single.
 
Ball 3: Pandya collects a single towards mid-wicket.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Hardik Pandya collects a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 15 Overs: 97-5

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 1 0 ; India: 97-5 ; Hardik Pandya (3), Ravindra Jadeja (3)

Zampa bowls his last over of the match...

Ball 6: Jadeja hits to short extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 5: Pandya drives towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 4: Jadeja dances down the track and hits towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 3: Jadeja glances towards short fine leg for no run.
 
Ball 2: Pandya drives towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 1: Jadeja pushes towards long-off for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 14 Overs: 93-5 | Rahul departs

Over Summary: 0 0 0 L1 W 1 ; India: 93-5 ; Hardik Pandya (1), Ravindra Jadeja (1)

Henriques continues...

Ball 6: Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a single towards leg side.
 
Ball 5: Rahul tries to break the shackles after not getting the strike but holed up to long-on, GONE. India in trouble now. Rahul c Abbott b Henriques 51(40) [4s-5 6s-1]
 
Ball 4: Pandya collects a leg byes for India.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Pandya blocks.

IND vs AUS live score after 13 Overs: 91-4 | Zampa scalps Manish

Over Summary: 1 0 0 W 1 0 ; India: 91-4   ; KL Rahul (51), Hardik Pandya (1)

Adam Zampa [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Rahul hits back to bowler. DOT
 
Ball 5:  Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease and knocks the full toss towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 4: Manish cuts but manages only a top edge to short third man. GONE. Manish Pandey c Hazlewood b Zampa 2(8)
 
Ball 3: Manish tucks towards mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single in front of point fielder.

WATCH: Virat Kohli's wicket

IND vs AUS live score after 12 Overs: 89-3 | Samson departs

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 2 Wd 0 ; India: 89-3   ; KL Rahul (50), Manish Pandey (2)

Henriques continues...

Ball 6: Manish hits back to bowler.

Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey hits straight down the ground for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease and defends.
 
Ball 1: A slow delivery and Samson tries to hit over extra cover but fails to clear the fielder, GONE. Samson c Swepson b Henriques 23(15) [4s-1 6s-1]

IND vs AUS live score after 11 Overs: 86-2 | Rahul hits FIFTY

Over Summary: 1 4 1 1 Wd 2 1 ; India: 86-2   ; KL Rahul (50), Sanju Samson (23)

Sean Abbott comes back into the attack...

Ball 6: Samson collects a single towards mid-wicket.

Ball 5 Samson collects a couple of runs towards backward square leg.
 
Ball 5: WIDE down the leg side.
 
Ball 4: Rahul flicks towards deep square leg for a single and completes his 12 T20I fifty.
 
Ball 3: Samson tucks towards short mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: A back of length delivery, Samson slaps over extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Rahul drives towards long-off for a single.
 


IND vs AUS live score after 10 Overs: 75-2

Over Summary: 1 1 1 2 1 1 ; India: 75-2   ; KL Rahul (48), Sanju Samson (15)

Moises Henriques, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Rahul knocks the low full toss towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 5: Samson tucks towards md-wicket pocket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Samson works towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: Rahul drives down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 2: Samson pushes towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 1: Rahul colelcts a single.

WATCH: Shikhar Dhawan's wicket

IND vs AUS live score after 9 Overs: 68-2

Over Summary: 6 0 1 0 4 1 ; India: 68-2   ; KL Rahul (45), Sanju Samson (11)

Swepson continues...

Ball 6: Rahul hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 5: Rahul hammers the short delivery towards cow corner for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Samson tucks towards mid-wicket pocket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Samson blocks the full delivery.
 
Ball 1: A half tracker, Samson gets into position early and dispatches it to mid-wicket stand for SIX.

IND vs AUS live score after 8 Overs: 56-2

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 1 0 ; India: 56-2   ; KL Rahul (40), Sanju Samson (4)

Adam Zampa [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Samson collects a single towards square leg.
 
Ball 4: Rahul hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: Samson tucks towards mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Rahul works towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 1: Samson clips towards mid-wicket for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 7 Overs: 51-2 | Kohli departs

Over Summary: 1 4 1 W 1 2 ; India: 51-2   ; KL Rahul (38), Sanju Samson (1)

Mitchell Swepson, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Rahul works towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 5:  Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease and cuts towards deep point for a single.
 
Ball 4: A half tracker again, Kohli edges back to bowler. Kohli gets undone by a leg spinner again. Kohli c and b Swepson 9(9) [4s-1]
 
Ball 3: Rahul collects a single towards deep mid-wicket.
 
Ball 2: Rahul smashes the half tracker between deep mid-wicket and square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Kohli hits the half tracker towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 6 Overs: 42-1

Over Summary: 1 1 4 6 0 0 ; India: 42-1   ; KL Rahul (31), Virat Kohli (8)

Sean Abbott, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Rahul squeezes the yorker to off side for no run.
 
Ball 5: A full toss, Rahul knocks towards mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 4: A back of length delivery, Rahul transfers his weight backfoot and pulls towards deep square leg for SIX.
 
Ball 3: Rahul tries to whip towards leg but manages a leading edge over short third man for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Kohli taps towards point for a single.
 
Ball 1: Rahul tucks towards mid-wicket for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 5 Overs: 30-1

Over Summary: 4 0 2 2 1 0 ; India: 30-1   ; KL Rahul (20), (1), Virat Kohli (7)

Adam Zampa, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Ball 6: Kohli defends.
 
Ball 5: Rahul dances down the track but gets beaten on flight and drives towards extra cover for a single as Smith makes miss-field. 
 
Ball 4: Rahul hits the googly towards wide of long-on fielder for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 3: Rahul collects a couple of runs towards deep md-wicket.
 
Ball 2: Rahul defends.
 
Ball 1: A full delivery outside off and Rahul drives through cover for FOUR.

IND vs AUS live score after 4 Overs: 21-1

Over Summary: 1 1 0 4 1 1 ; India: 21-1   ; KL Rahul (11), (1), Virat Kohli (7)

Hazlewood continues...

Ball 6: Rahul steers towards deep backward point for a single.
 
Ball 5: Kohli taps towards cover for an easy single.
 
Ball 4: Kohli walks down the track and smashes over short mid-wicket for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Hazlewood beats Kohli outside off with a peach of delivery.
 
Ball 2: Rahul collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Kohli flicks towards mid-wicket for a single.

IND vs AUS live score after 3 Overs: 13-1 | Dhawan departs

Over Summary: 0 0 4 1 W Wd 1  ; India: 13-1   ; KL Rahul (9), (1), Virat Kohli (1)

Starc continues...

Ball 6: A wide and full delivery, Kohli guides it towards third man fielder for an easy single.

Ball 6:  Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves outside off, WIDE CALLED.
 
Ball 5: A full and pacy delivery, Dhawan goes for an extra drive, misses it and CASTLED. Dhawan b Starc 1(6)
 
Ball 4: Rahul squeezes the yorker to deep backward point for a single.
 
Ball 3: Rahul slices over short third man for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Rahul blocks the yorker length delivery towards cover for no run.

IND vs AUS live score after 2 Overs: 6-0

Over Summary: 0 1 L1 0 0 0  ; India: 6-0   ; KL Rahul (4), Shikhar Dhawan (1)

Josh Hazlewood bowls the second over

Ball 6: Dhawan dabs towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 5: A short delivery, Dhawan tries to play an upper cut, misses. 
 
Ball 4: Dhawan taps towards cover for no run.
 
Ball 3: Rahul collects one leg byes for India.
 
Ball 2: Dhawan steers towards deep third man for a single.
 
Ball 1: Dhawan cuts towards short point for no run.

IND vs AUS live score after 1 Over: 4-0

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 0 2  ; India: 4-0   ; KL Rahul (4), Shikhar Dhawan (0)

Starc continues...

Ball 6: Ball o the pads and Rahul flicks towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 5: Another full delivery outside off, Rahul drives towards point for no run.
 
Ball 4: Rahul punches the full delivery around off stump towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 3: Rahul pushes the full delivery outside off towards mid-off for no run.
 
Ball 2: KL Rahul carves towards deep point for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: Starc starts with a wide delivery outside off. 

Indian innings begins

KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan open for India while Mitchell Starc takes the new ball.

India playing 11 updates: 5 changes

India playing 11:  KL Rahul (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, T Natarajan

Australia playing 11: 4 Changes

Australia: Aaron Finch, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

Australia playing 11 updates

D' Arcy Short to open informs Finch at the toss

IND vs AUS 1st T20 Live toss updates

Aaron Finch wins the toss and elects to bowl first.

IND vs AUS 1st T20 Live toss updates

Natarajan to make T20 debut today.

India vs Australia 1st T20 live toss updates

The live toss between Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli will take place in two minutes time, stay tuned.

WATCH: Mitchell Starc explains why he loves T20 cricket

AUS vs IND head to head in down under (T20Is)

Total matches: 9
India won: 5
Australia won: 3
No result:
 

India vs Australia playing 11 prediction

India tentative playing 11: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey/Washington Sundar, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Australia tentative playing 11: Aaron Finch (capt), Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, AJ Tye/Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood,

India's record in 3-match T20I series

  • Total series: 15
  • India won: 13
  • Drawn: 1
  • Lost: 1
  • Win percentage: 86.7


Indian cricket team's great T20 run in Australia

Unlike Tests and One-day Internationals where Team India has an inferior record to Australia in Australia, visiting India has a better head-to-head against Aussies, winning five of the nine matches in the format played between them Down Under.

Here is a look at India's previous T20 International series in Australia:
 
2008: It was a one-off T20 game sandwiched between the Tests and the triangular series. India, who had won the World T20 just a few months back, lost that match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) by nine wickets. Nathan Bracken took 3 for 11 while Adam Voges took two for five as India were dismissed for 74. Aussies lost only Adam Gilchrist before romping home.
 
Result: Australia won 1-0

India vs Australia head to head in T20Is
  • Overall: 21
  • India won: 11
  • Australia won: 8
  • Abandoned: 1
  • No result: 1


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Why India cannot retain its playing 11 from 3rd ODI?

India will miss the services of pace bowler Shardul Thakur who was the standout bowler in Wednesday's ODI, picking three wickets including that of Steve Smith, to help his side win by 13 runs.
 
The Indian team management has made it clear that players from only the T20I squad, originally selected, will be picked for the three-match series which means that apart from Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav -- who contained the Aussies with one for 57 and Shubman Gill, who impressed with a 39-ball 33 as opener, both performances coming on Wednesday -- cannot feature in the T20 team unless there is injury concern to one of the main players.
 
The three - Thakur, Kuldeep and Shubman -- were part of only the ODI squad and featured only in the last ODI.
 

Former umpire Simon Taufel joins switch-hit debate

Simon Taufel feels it will not be practical to outlaw the switch-hit shot, adding that it's "impossible" for the on-field umpire to monitor the batsman for change in grip or stance.

"The game of cricket is not a science, it's an art. We're not perfect," the former ICC Elite Panel umpire was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'
 
"When we say that we want to ban that type of shot how does the umpire officiate that? It's impossible," Taufel added. READ MORE HERE
 

Australian veterans divided on switch-hit shot

"I think bowlers have got to be a little bit better, they've got to be more aware," he added. "Last minute changes for the bowlers aren't that great at the moment, but they'll get better at that. But it is tricky; it's very tricky. Let the batters do it, not many are doing it well, but the one's that do are incredible entertainers."

What Ian Chappell said about switch hit

Chappell had earlier criticised Maxwell and others' use of switch-hits saying that if bowlers don't change their bowling arm after announcing it to the umpire and batsmen, why should the batsmen switch stance.
 
"The Australian batting has been exceptional. They've made it look pretty easy, particularly Smith and Maxwell, some of the shots he plays are hard to believe. (Switch-hitting) is amazingly skillful, but it is not fair," Chappell had said and added that ICC should outlaw the shot.
 
"It's very simple. Maxwell hit a couple of (switch-hit) shots and Warner did (Sunday) night. All you've got to say is that if the batsman changes the order of his hands or his feet [as the bowler runs in], then it's an illegal shot," Chappell said.
 
"How can one side of the game, i.e. the bowlers, they have to tell the umpire how they're going to bowl? And yet the batsman, he lines up as a right-hander -- I'm the fielding captain, I place the field for the right-hander -- and before the ball's been delivered, the batsman becomes a left-hander," Chappell added.
 

If they can keep wide yorker fields, we can switch-hit: Maxwell

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, whose use of switch-hit and reverse sweep has been criticised by Ian Chappell as unfair and illegal, said that the improvised strokes are within the laws of the game. He added that these strokes are part of the evolution of the limited-overs game that has also seen bowlers use variations like knuckle-ball and wide yorkers.

"Definitely it is within the laws of the game and batting has evolved over the years which is why we see these massive scores getting chased down and the scores are going up. I suppose it is up to the bowlers to combat that. I suppose the skills of the bowlers are being tested every day with bowlers having to come up with different ways to sort that -- the way they shut down one side of the ground and what not," said Maxwell while speaking to the media.

"I suppose the way batting is evolving, bowling has got to evolve the same way. Guys (bowlers) come up with knuckle balls, wide yorker fields and different tactics. Tactics of ODI cricket has evolved. I see it as different part of the evolution of the game," he said.
 

Glenn Maxwell

Shane Warne slams Australia decision to rest Pat Cummins

"I know it is a big summer that we have and it is pretty jam-packed, but I don't think Australian players should be resting after two games," Warne had said.
 
"Why are they resting? Is it because they played IPL? So they are allowed to go and play all these games in the IPL and then they need a rest because they have been playing in IPL?" he asked.
 
"Surely playing for Australia is more important than playing in the IPL. So I would say you should choose. Either miss the IPL or you cannot miss games because you need a break coming off an IPL for an Australian game.
 

Here's what Natarajan said after making international debut

Pacer T Natarajan on Thursday said it was a 'surreal experience to represent the country' after making his ODI debut in the third game against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
 

 
The speedster from Tamil Nadu gained popularity in the latest edition of Indian Premier League where he was labelled as the 'yorker machine'. Natarajan played for Kings XI Punjab and bagged 16 wickets in as many games in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league.
 
His performance in the IPL handed him an India call-up. He was first included in the shortest format squad and later on added as back-up in the ODI side by the BCCI. This decision was taken as pacer Navdeep Saini complained of back spasm.
 
"It was a surreal experience to represent the country. Thanks to everyone for your wishes. Looking forward for more challenges," Natarajan tweeted.
 
India skipper Virat Kohli handed the cap to the 29-year-old bowler before the match. In his debut game, he returned figures of 2-70 in his ten overs including a maiden. He bagged two crucial wickets of Marcus Labuschagne and Ashton Agar and derailed Australia's run-chase. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 


Lee questions Australia's decision to rest Cummins after two games

Former fast-bowling star Brett Lee has questioned Australia's decision to rest pace spearhead Pat Cummins after just two games against India in the recently-concluded ODI series.
 
Cummins, who was part of Australia's England tour in August and also played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, was rested for the final ODI and will also miss the upcoming T20 series as part of his workload management.
 
"It probably wouldn't have been his call, he probably would have wanted to play, the players generally want to play," Lee told Foxsports.com.au.
 
"I would have thought after a couple of games they shouldn't be tired. I always found that for my rhythm personally that the more games I played the better rhythm I had," Lee added.
 
Australia lost the third ODI by 13 runs. The two teams are slated to play the first game of the three-match T2O series in Canberra on Friday.
 
Lee opined that a player can be rested if he is nursing an injury but a fit one should be playing as many as possible.
 
"If I had a week's break, whether it be a break in the tournament or whether I was rested, it's almost like you've got to go back and find that rhythm again," he said.
 
"There could be a guy who is carrying a hamstring injury or a little niggle, shoulder might be a bit sore, and the best way to get them into their best preparation is to have a few days off.
 
"That's fine but if they're fully fit they should be playing."
 

Australia squad for 1st T20I

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.


India squad for T20 series

Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan.


India vs Australia 1st T20 preview

After registering a morale-boosting win over Australia in the third and final ODI to avoid a series whitewash, the Indian team will take on the hosts in first of the three T20Is to be played at the Manuka Oval on Friday.
 
India will, however, miss the services of pace bowler Shardul Thakur who was the standout bowler in Wednesday's ODI, picking three wickets including that of Steve Smith, to help his side win by 13 runs.
 
The Indian team management has made it clear that players from only the T20I squad, originally selected, will be picked for the three-match series which means that apart from Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav -- who contained the Aussies with one for 57 and Shubman Gill, who impressed with a 39-ball 33 as opener, both performances coming on Wednesday -- cannot feature in the T20 team unless there is injury concern to one of the main players.
 
The three - Thakur, Kuldeep and Shubman -- were part of only the ODI squad and featured only in the last ODI.
 
India's record in T20Is in Australia is superior to the hosts in their duels. Till date they have played nine matches against each other with India coming out winners on five occasions.
 
The Australians have won thrice with one game ending as no result.
 
Importantly, India have never lost a T20I series in Australia -- they lost a one-off game in 2008.
 
Skipper Virat Kohli had lamented Indian players' inability to switch to ODI mode from T20 mode soon enough after the loss in the first ODI. Thakur also said on Wednesday that the two formats are quite different.
 
The challenge for India as well as Australia will be to switch to the T20 format less than 48 hours of completing their ODI series. Though they played the long Indian Premier League season less than a month ago, the three-match ODI series forced them to switch their game to the 50-over format.
 
Thakur pointed out to the difficulty in adjusting to different formats quickly i.e. from IPL's T20 to ODI cricket which India failed to do in the first couple of games
 


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