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Highlights, India vs Australia, cricket result, 1st T20I at Ranchi: Hosts win by nine wickets

Date: Saturday, 07 October, 2017 23:37 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
  • So with that, the coverage of the first T20I comes to an end. India's next match is at Guwahati. Do join us on Monday, Till then, it's goodbye from us. 

  • Watch Firstpost correspondent Amit Banerjee analyse India's 9-wicket victory over Australia with freelance journalist Sandipan Banerjee. 

  • Kuldeep Yadav is named the Man of the Match: Its good to win my first Man of the Match award and happy with it. First couple of balls I saw what he (Finch) was trying to do and set him up with an overpitched ballAlways looking for wickets. I am getting more confident day-by-day game-by-game. Enjoying the moment. Getting more and more chances against top sides like Australia helps

  • India captain, Virat Kohli: Definitely, after winning the toss, that kind of performance was required. The first half of the innings, bowlers were outstanding. After getting them down to 118, we thought it would only be 40 or something. 48 was tricky. It has been a combined effort of the players but also the management for picking specialised players for different formats. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been outstanding in limited-overs. 

  • David Warner, Australian captain: At the end of the day. Poor result for us. We didn't deserve to we were almost allout. I don't have an answer to it has been a trend in the last 12 months. The partnership between Maxwell and Fincy was good but we will have to go back to the drawing board to figure out the wickets we lose in clumps in the middle. (On Behrendorff) He is from Perth and he got nice bounce and pace. I'm looking forward playing more games with him.

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Ranchi

    Barring the last over that was somewhat interesting, with the Australians not losing hope till Kohli scored the winning boundary. But the day by far belonged to the Indians, who dominated both with bat and ball to complete an emphatic nine-wicket win, and gain a 1-0 series lead. The Aussies still looking for answers despite the change of format.

  • Forty-eight was never going to challenge the Indian batting line up, but Australian bowlers did well to take the game in the final over. But it was the batting that led them down, especially the collapse that we have seen so often after Finch's wicket. 118/8 off 18.4 never looked good. Australia need to find answers as far as their middle order batting woes are concerned.

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Ranchi

    Barring the last over that was somewhat interesting, with the Australians not losing hope till Kohli scored the winning boundary. But the day by far belonged to the Indians, who dominated both with bat and ball to complete an emphatic nine-wicket win, and gain a 1-0 series lead. The Aussies still looking for answers despite the change of format.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most consecutive wins against an opponent in T20Is:
     
    9 - Pakistan v Zimbabwe 
    7 - Pakistan v Bangladesh 
    7 - New Zealand v Bangladesh 
    7 - India v Australia* 
     

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Australia taking all the time in setting the field for every ball didn't help. But they took it to the last over and made India sweat. So that was good. But Kohli did not leave it for too late in over. He slammed winning runs with three balls to go.
     
     

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    India become the fourth team to win 50 T20Is. The other three teams are Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. 

  • India win by 9 wickets (DLS Method) Kohli lofts the drive past the cover fielder and the India win the match with 3 balls to spare

     

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Six runs from 6 balls. Good penultimate over by Zampa. India should finish early and not leave it to the end 
     
     

  • Dan Christian is given the responsibility of bowling the last over!

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Six runs from 6 balls. Good penultimate over by Zampa. India should finish early and not leave it to the end 
     
     

  • After 5 overs,India 42/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 14 , Virat Kohli (C) 16)

    Zampa has managed to leave 6 for the final over. Bowled a couple of smart balls to ensure the game goes in the final over. Dhawan skewed one of his shots but the mid wicket fielder running in and even the dive cannot reach to it so they run a single. 6 off 6.

  • FOUR! Here's Zampa! And Kohli pounches on it to pull it long leg.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Kohli and Dhawan kept their calm after an eventful Coulter-Nile over that saw the departure of Rohit, and let the bowlers to commit mistakes, and punish them for it at the same time. All they need to do now is to go at run-a-ball.

  • After 4 overs,India 36/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 13 , Virat Kohli (C) 11)

    Coulter-Nile in 2nd and the final over. Starts with slow bumper which is thwarted by kohli for a single to deep mid wicket. Dhawan works it on the onside for a boundary. Dhawan's heart must have been in his mouth as he top edged the 3rd ball but it landed in no man's land. Kohli plays it with soft hands to run two of the 4th ball and a dot to finish. 12 needed off as many deliveries.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most T20I runs against an opposition:
     
    424 - Martin Guptill v South Africa
    408* - VIRAT KOHLI v Australia
    406 - Mohammad Shahzad v Ireland

  • After 3 overs,India 27/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 8 , Virat Kohli (C) 7)

    Kohli begins with a stunning shot and then takes a single Dhawan pulls to get the second boundary of the over to mount pressure on the bowler. optimistic appeal for lbw but the batsmen exchange a single. 10 runs off the over. 21 needed off 18

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Half-way stage of innings --three overs. India right on top at 27 for 1. Just 21 runs needed with 9 wickets in hand. Should win in a canter
     
     

  • FOUR! Short ball and no pace on it. Easy pickings for Dhawan who pulls it fierecly to mid wicket

  • FOUR! Terrific shot by Virat! Shot of the highest quality. Presents the full face of the bat just gently pushes it upwards, the ball flies over mid off bouncing once bfore crossing long off ropes.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Virat Kohli has scored four consecutive fifty-plus scores in his last four innings against Australia in T20Is. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Nathan Coulter Nile has had a habit of picking up wickets and breaking stands. He did that many-a-times in the ODI series. It's a big wicket of Rohit Sharma. Kohli walks out to bat at No 3. Can Australia take a risk and bowl Adam Zampa here?

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Rohit Sharma done in by a superb late outswing. Expected it to stay on course with his leg stump and played across. Beat his descending bat and struck middle stump. India, despite his dismissal are along the scoring rate at 16 for 1 in 2 overs.
     

  • After 2 overs,India 16/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 4 , Virat Kohli (C) 1)


    Coulter-Nile's first ball was thumped for a six over fine leg but the bowler comes back strongly dismissing Sharma of the next ball. Kohli comes out with a positive approach, gets off the mark with a quick single to point. There is a shout for lbw for Dhawan which is denied and is followed by a run out appeal against Virat at the non-striker's end, which is referred. But Kohli is safe. Dhawan smashes the ball for a boundary down the ground to end the over.

  • After 2 overs,Australia 15/1 ( Aaron Finch 6 , Glenn Maxwell 1)

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Ranchi

    Rohit perishes while trying to accelerate the innings. There is no time for the batsmen to settle at the crease right now. Fans here were secretly hoping Dhoni would walk out at No 3. Who knows, maybe he'll come out at the fall of another wicket.

  • OUT! Rohit tries to go for another expansive shot but he has missed it completely. What a terrific sight for the fast bowler. Middle stump uprooted! DRAMA!Kohli walks out to the center.

  • SIX! Rohit pulls.. and it is over fine leg fielder. He has welcomed both the bowlers with a boundary!

  • After 1 overs,India 5/0 ( Rohit Sharma 5 , Shikhar Dhawan 0)

    Behrendroff's first ball whipped through the mid wicket for a boundary.Rohit drives the next ball to the fielder. He isn't cranking it up but he is skidy customer, the ball rises and beat Rohit's blade as he tries to cut behind point. Rohit takes a single on the 5th ball to third man and ball whistles past Dhawan's edge on the last ball.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    I presume that India will adjust their batting order as they are chasing a target of 48 runs from six overs. Who will open for India and can Hardik Pandya be promoted at No 3? There are many questions for both the teams. However, the situation suggests that advantage is in favor of India. 
     
     

  • FOUR! Behrendorff's first international ball, an inswinger, angling into Rohit Sharma's pads and the man who is amidst his purple patch flicks it through mid wicket. Glorious!

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Ranchi

    The game's turned into a six-over slog-a-thon. Reminds me of the Hong Kong sixes tournament. The volumes back among the spectators here, who expect Rohit and Dhawan to go slam-bang from ball one.

  • Debutant Jason Behrendorff has the new ball he will start the proceedings!

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Ranchi ground was completely covered. So rain would not have affected the outfield big time. India have a number of batsmen in fine form -- Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav. Hardik. So chasing 48 runs in 6 overs shouldn't be too tough. Shikar Dhawan too will be keen on making a mark after his long lay off
     
     

  • Shikhar Dhawan jogs out while Rohit Sharma prefers to stroll as the Ranchi crowd who has remained patient throughout the last hour gives their vocals some strain. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Kohli's decision to field first on winning toss being vindicated here. Aussies hit even harder by the rains. Target as per DLS 48 from 6 overs. Loaded against fielding team. 

  • Play to resume at 1015. India will have to chase 48 in six overs. 

  • David Warner has a sheet in his hand, assuming with the revised target on it. The bowlers are practicing on the side wickets. There is a lot of movement. Official word still awaited. Play to begin soon!!

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Ranchi

    Super soppers are out at the moment as the ground staff try to undo whatever damage has been caused by the shower. The Australians out at the ground warming up.

  • The Australian pacers have started to warm up. Expect match to resume soon after the inspection, which is at 1005. 

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Ranchi

    Inspection at 10.05 pm. Covers starting to come off. No more rain.

  • We have some news and it is good. The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. Let's keep our fingers crossed! We will shortly get back with the revised target. Inspection at 22:05 IST.

  • So the news coming from Ranchi is Australia's innings has ended. The cut-off time of the match is 22:18 hrs IST. Remember there is a lot of water due to the persistent rain, the ground staff will also require 35-40 minutes to prepare the ground. 

    If it reduces to 5-over match (likely) India will need 41 to win.

Update: India win by 9 wickets (DLS Method) Kohli lofts the drive past the cover fielder and the India win the match with 3 balls to spare. Forty-eight was never going to challenge the Indian batting line up, but Australian bowlers did well to take the game in the final over. But it was the batting that led them down, especially the collapse that we have seen so often after Finch's wicket. 118/8 off 18.4 never looked good. Australia need to find answers as far as their middle order batting woes are concerned.

Preview: After thrashing Australia 4-1 in the five-match One-day International (ODI) series, a confident India will aim to extend their dominance over the Kangaroos in the three-match T20 International series starting on Saturday.

With a staggering 9-4 head-to-head record in favour of the hosts, and a 3-0 clean sweep in their previous meeting in Australia in January last year, India definitely look a formidable unit going into Saturday's encounter at the Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) International Stadium.

India will also be bolstered by the return of old war horses like Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik and opener Shikhar Dhawan against a side with whom they have lost only once out of the five series played so far.

Australia captain David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli. AP

Australia captain David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli. AP

The rise of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the guile of the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life difficult for Australia in the one-day series.

The return of the 38-year-old Nehra will be a key factor for India as the left-arm pacer would add variety to the pace attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

Dhawan, who had opted out of the five-match ODI series, is back after attending to his ill wife, while Lokesh Rahul's inclusion ahead of an in-form Ajinkya Rahane will also add to the stiff competition in the top order.

His return from a shoulder injury has not been up to the mark as he did not get a chance in the ODI series but Rahul has been retained for the T20I series and he would look to make it count.

Australia, on the other hand will aim to gain some confidence before heading back to play the Ashes series in a month's time.

The tourists will hope for a better show from their middle order, including the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, who failed to click as a unit during the ODIs.

Uncapped left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Dan Christian, are the new additions in Australia's T20I squad.

Australia's success in the series will also depend on their pace bowling department comprising of the likes of Patrick Cummins, Behrendorff, Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

Australia: David Warner (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Oct 07, 2017







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