Kuldeep Yadav took 3 for 23    AFP
Kuldeep Yadav took 2 for 16 AFP

Australia continued struggling against the wrist-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Of 8 overs, the frail Australian side collected 39 runs and lost 3 important wickets to the spin pair. The rest was taken care collectively by the pacers and rain, inhibiting Australia for 118 for 8 in 18..8 overs in the first of the three-T20I series.

With Steven Smith out due to shoulder injury, the onus rested on David Warner. The stand-in captain had a spring in his walk when he took the crease. So determined was he that he walloped consecutive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the opening over. Not that the deliveries were ill-directed, but Warner s jabbing punches seldom find the fielders. Bhuvi, however, maintained the same length, bringing slightly into Warner s defence. Maintaining the same stance, Warner outfoxed himself and inside edged it onto the stumps.

The rampant Aaron Finch continued feasting on the Indians. He was lucky to have survived a mistimed drive, but that is how he anyway plays. To help him discourage India, Australia sent Glenn Maxwell at No. 3. Virat Kohli did not mind that. He used Chahal against him. Lucky was he that Maxwell had not found his feet in the Powerplay. All Chahal had to do was keep him quiet. But Maxwell s excitement of spanking a spinner and make up for the lost opportunity invited his downfall. Despite the deep mid-wicket area being vacant, Maxwell powered one straight to Jasprit Bumrah at short mid-wicket. That’s Chahal 4 against Maxwell.

Australia could never recover. Kuldeep got the better of Finch with a tossed-up one. Moises Henriques faced a similar fate. Kuldeep ended with figures of 2 for 16. Chahal, on the other hand, could scalp only his bunny but conceded a mere 23 runs in 4 overs.

Hardik Pandya was the only expensive bowler, leaking over 8 RPO. He nonetheless took an all-important wicket of Travis Head in the middle overs.

The innings could not be completed as rain came pouring down, stopping the player for over 90 minutes. As a result, the umpires were forced cut down the game. India now need 48 in 6 overs.

Brief scores:

Australia 118 for 8 in 18.4 overs (Aaron Finch 43; Kuldeep Yadav 2 for 16, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 17) vs India.

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