A banger of a series opener to enter into the bilaterals after the recently concluded marquee event! A high-scoring thriller, and India go 1-0 up in the 5-match series. I am AkshayaKrishna Polya signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Ninaad Dixit, who, alongside our scorer/analyst Raju Khariya brought you all the live-action of this enthralling fixture. We will meet in the next one. Until then, it's cheers!
Players with the most sixes from No.3 or below in T20Is:
Eoin Morgan (107 innings)- 120 for England
Virat Kohli (98 innings)- 106 for India
David Miller (98 innings)- 105 for South Africa
Suryakumar Yadav (47 innings)- 100* for India
Kieron Pollard (83 innings)- 99 for West Indies
Most Sixes for India in T20Is:
Rohit Sharma: 182
Virat Kohli: 117
Suryakumar Yadav: 108
KL Rahul: 99
Yuvraj Singh: 74
Most 200+ chases in T20Is:
5 - India*
4 - South Africa
3 - Pakistan
3 - Australia
Australians with T20I 100s: Glenn Maxwell- 3 Aaron Finch- 2 David Warner- 1 Shane Watson- 1 Josh Inglis- 1
Before Inglis, only Maxwell had more T20I hundreds (2) as a non-opener for the Aussies.
Highest first innings scores in T20Is between India and Australia:
208/3 - Australia, Visakhapatnam, Today*
208/6 - India, Mohali, 2022
201/7 - Australia, Rajkot, 2013
197/5 - Australia, Sydney, 2016
194/5 - Australia, Sydney, 2020
Most expensive bowling figures in India vs Australia T20Is: Krunal Pandya, Brisbane, 2018- 0/55 Ravi Bishnoi, Visakhapatnam, Today- 1/54 Ishant Sharma, Rajkot, 2013- 0/52 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohali, 2022- 0/52 Andrew Tye, Sydney, 2016- 0/51
Highest individual totals versus India in T20Is:
Evin Lewis (WI), Kingston, 2017- 125* Shane Watson (AUS), Sydney, 2016- 124* Glenn Maxwell (AUS), Bengaluru, 2019- 113* Josh Inglis (AUS), Visakhapatnam, Today- 110 Colin Munro (NZ), Rajkot, 2017- 109*
Suryakumar Yadav (India Captain and Player of the Match): "Very happy with the way boys displayed their talent on the field and I was really happy with the energy despite being put under pressure. But the way everyone came back into the game, I just loved it.
Its a proud moment, whenever you play cricket you think of representing India but coming out here as a leader, I think its a very big thing. It will take a bit of time to sink in but I am very excited.
I just felt there will be a little bit of dew but there wasn't any help from that. I knew it was a small ground, the wicket gets better later on and when we were bowling we thought it will be 230 or 240 but the bowlers took us back in the game in the end. I just told them to go out, express yourself. After 30/2, we can just be on the positive side and very happy to be on the winning side.
Me and Ishan have been in these situations before in franchise cricket. I told him not to think of what we are chasing just keep batting and we will analyse at the end of 10 overs and then after that it was a perfect tailor made situation. 60-ball 100 that happens every 2nd game in the IPL so we knew what's gonna happen later on.
Whenever I go in to bat, I just enjoy my batting. Even if I bat for 10 balls or 40 balls, I just try and enjoy. Just love the atmosphere at the ground. Love the support from everyone in the crowd. I just loved it and enjoyed myself in the middle.
I told the tailenders [post dismissal] to not take the game too deep. But the way the boys kept their nerves, it was great to see from Rinku. He hasn't played a lot of international cricket but it was a perfect situation for him. 24 ball 40 and his calm and composure relaxed me. I was happy to see him finish the game.
All the 3 fast bowlers pulled us back in the game after 16 overs. Incredible achievement."
Suryakumar Yadav is the player of the match.
Gamechanger of the match: Josh Inglis
Matthew Wade (Australia Captain): "Yeah, it was a good match in the end. Josh Inglis batted brilliantly and gave us a score that was good to make a match out of it. With these young Indian batters coming out of the IPL and making an impact straightaway is quite remarkable.
I thought we bowled well but couldn't execute the yorkers, but it's easier said than done, especially on these small grounds. Jason Behrendorrf was excellent with the ball, as was Tanveer Sangha.
A lot of positives to take away from this game. Josh Inglis was class apart. I was speaking to him (Inglis) if he wanted to go down, don't think that will happen.
We tried to hang on in the game. I thought Ellis bowled well in the penultimate over. A big over from Ellis that took us to the final over. It got down to the last ball. All credit to us and the boys for hanging in. It shows how close it was in the end."
10:58 PM IST and Local Time: The post-match presentation is on our way!
Indian wicket-keepers to score half-century against Australia in T20Is:
KL Rahul- 51, 4 Dec, 2020 Ishan Kishan- 58, Today
HIGHEST RUN CHASES IN T20I BY INDIA: 211/4 v Sri Lanka, Mohali, 2009 209/4 v West Indies, Hyderabad, 2019 209/8 v Australia, Visakhapatnam, Today
Ishan Kishan: "Bowlers did a great job. We were put under pressure in the middle but credit goes to Mukesh Kumar. It was not easy. The wicket was too good. But getting them on 209 and then going in and batting sensibly, the credit goes to the team. Its a young side and everyone was eager to go in and do well for the team and especially Rinku, the way he played against a big team for the first time. He put up a very good show.
Me and Surya wanted to put a big partnership in the middle because we did not want to give too many runs on the board for the backend batsmen and credit goes to Surya bhai as well. The way he batted, getting pressure off me as well because he was taking on the bowlers. Next time hopefully I will finish the game. The plan was just to give 50-odd runs to the tailenders. Try not to get out but even if I get out, not to leave so many runs on the board.
The communication was very good in the middle and that's when we got the flow of runs going in the middle.
Its a young side. Most of them have not played against big teams like this and I am really happy the way they showed, we will make mistakes and will talk about them in the meetings but we will come back stronger in the next game as a bowling unit."
10:45 PM IST and Local Time: A high-scoring contest, as expected early on, but no one thought of it going down the wire like this one did. Rinku Singh held his nerve and wrapped the highest-successful T20I run-chase of India in the final ball of the match if not for the late no-ball call from the umpire. The hosts come on top in the series opener as they beat the Aussies by a margin of two wickets! Earlier in the evening, Suryakumar Yadav won the toss in his first game as Indian captain and opted to bowl first without any second thought. Australia opened with Steven Smith and Matthew Short, and the duo got off to a flyer before the spinners came into the attack and stopped the run flow in the Powerplay. Though Ravi Bishnoi (1/54) dropped Smith in his first over, the leg spinner castled the off-stump of Short with the scorecard reading 31 in 4.4 overs. Smith slowed down, but it was an absolute carnage from the other end as Josh Inglis thrashed the Indian bowlers left, right and centre. The second-wicket partnership saw 130 runs, with both batters getting past their respective half-centuries.
Smith scored 52 off 41 balls in his very first innings as an Australian opener and was run out in the 16th over. Inglis continued his blitz and converted his maiden T20I fifty to a stunning century and hit a brilliant 110 off 50 balls with 11 fours and 8 biggies. In the process, the Western Australian equalled Aaron Finch’s record for the fastest Aussie to hit a T20I hundred (47 balls). Prasidh Krishna (1/50) was taken to the cleaners but had some respite in the back end of the innings as the Karnataka pacer got rid of the centurion in the 18th over.
Marcus Stoinis (7* off 6) and Tim David (19* off 13) tried their best, but the Indian pacers, especially Mukesh Kumar (0/29), held their nerve and bowled fantastically in the last over to restrict Australia to 208/3 in 20 overs with the visitors at one stage looked like surpassing the 220 run mark.
It was an eventful over to kickstart the chase, with Yashasvi Jaiswal slamming a couple of boundaries to Marcus Stoinis before the Hulk had a funny chuckle at the Mumbaikar as a massive mix-up between Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad saw the latter sacrifice his wicket for a diamond duck. Jaiswal (21 off 8) took the attack to Matthew Short, but the off-spinner had the last laugh on the southpaw in the same over.
India were on the back foot at 22/2, and Ishan Kishan was struggling to get going with the Aussies bowling superbly with the new ball. Slowly the Mumbai Indians’ duo of Kishan and SKY pressed the accelerator pedal and belted the visitors with disdain, adding 112 runs for the third wicket to change the momentum of the contest. Kishan scored 58 off 39 balls, hitting 2 fours and 5 sixes, while SKY played a captain's knock, smashing 9 fours and 4 sixes in his outstanding innings of 80 off 42 balls.
India lost a few wickets in the last half of the chase, but the required rate was noticeably brought down by the skipper before getting out in the 18th over. With needing 20 runs off 18 balls, it was a comfortable chase for the hosts, but the three wickets in the last over made things interesting.
India needed 7 runs off the final over delivered by Abbott. Rinku Singh hit the first ball to the boundary. Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh all got out in a matter of three balls to make a meal of the contest. With one needing off the last ball, Rinku (22* off 14) hit the glory shot over long-on and it was the no-ball as well from the bowler. Stay tuned for the presentations!