Canberra: A nicely compiled half century from KL Rahul and a late onslaught from Ravindra Jadeja helped India publish a 162-run goal for Australia within the first T20I of the three-match collection on the Manuka Oval on Friday.
Put into bat, India didn’t have a fantastic begin as they misplaced a wicket early within the innings. Shikhar Dhawan was undone by an excellent outswinger within the third over bowled by Mitchell Starc and went again to the pavilion after scoring only one.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who got here into bat subsequent, then stitched a pleasant, little partnership with Rahul and took the Indian rating to 48. Simply when the scoring price gave the impression to be going up, Mitchell Swepson bought the priced scalp of Kohli who was caught & bowled by the leg-spinner at his particular person rating of 9.
Nonetheless, Rahul continued his good run and saved scoring boundaries each time the Australian bowlers erred and alongwith Sanju Samson, took ahead the Indian innings. Samson, throughout his keep on the wicket, performed some stunning photographs and made 23 off 15 earlier than he was caught at covers, whereas making an attempt to hit a boundary towards Moises Henriques.
Subsequent batsman Manish Pandey (2 off 8) didn’t have a protracted keep on the crease and was despatched again to the dressing room by Adam Zampa.
Rahul, who was until then holding one finish, quickly turned the second scalp of Henriques who had the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman caught at long-on by Sean Abbott. Rahul smashed 5 fours and a six throughout his 40-ball inning.
Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya couldn’t forged his magic this time round like he did within the ODIs as he scored 16 off 15 earlier than getting caught at long-off by Steve Smith whereas making an attempt to go for a most towards Henriques.
Nonetheless, Jadeja who has been amongst the runs in current instances, offered India the much-needed impetus and scored 44 off simply 23 balls, with the assistance of 5 fours and a six to assist the crew finish their innings at 161/7.
Henriques was the choose of the Australian bowlers as he returned with figures of three/22. Starc made two scalps whereas Zampa and Swepson picked one wicket apiece.
Transient scores: India 161/7 (KL Rahul 51, Ravindra Jadeja 44*; Moises Henriques 3/22)
(With IANS Inputs)