Ind v Aus highlights today – First twenty/20 from JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi (India) Saturday 7th October 2017. Only one international 20/20 had been played at this venue before today’s match, which was played between Ind v SL on 12 Feb 2016. India scored 196 with six wickets down in that match and SL 127 with nine down.
India won the toss and elected to field.
India team/playing XI
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli (c), MK Pandey, KM Jadhav, MS Dhoni †, HH Pandya, B Kumar Bowler, YS Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, JJ Bumrah.
Australia team/playing XI
DA Warner (c), AJ Finch, GJ Maxwell, TM Head, MC Henriques, DT Christian, TD Paine †, NM Coulter-Nile, AJ Tye, A Zampa, JP Behrendorff.
Match Timings: 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
In the five ODI series, RG Sharma from India was the most runs scorer of the series with 296 runs, AJ Finch from Australia scored 250 in three innings and DA Warner scored 245. NM Coulter-Nile from Australia took ten wickets, KW Richardson seven and Kuldeep Yadav from India also took seven.
Heavy rain around the vicinity of the stadium in Ranchi meant the pitch spent some time under covers. More of the same is forecast for the match-day afternoon. There is a chance for as many as four new players in the Australian XI who do not bear the scars of the ODI series loss – Moises Henriques (if Glenn Maxwell remains out of favour), left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff, allrounder Dan Christian and Tim Paine, the only specialist wicketkeeper. India might want to retain their first-choice XI because the six-day break between the ODI and T20Is might have helped refresh them a bit, but KL Rahul, Axar Patel and Ashish Nehra will be pushing for spots.
Australia tour of India 1st T20I (N) Highlights
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Chettithody Shamshuddin
TV Umpires – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Sir Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Nandan
Australia’s batsmen had a dire time coping with a slow and low surface at the JSCA International Stadium and never recovered from the early muddle, eventually conceding the first T20I by nine wickets to India. Rain came down after Australia had limped to 118 for 8 in 18.4 overs, and by the time it subsided, India’s chase had been shortened to six overs. They mowed down the 48-run target with minimal fuss despite the loss of Rohit Sharma. It was a pitch that had everything a batsman does not desire to see in a T20 game – variable bounce, lack of pace, grip, turn, and early on some movement in the air.
Some of that swing reappeared at the start of India’s chase; off the very first ball, Rohit wristily whipped an inswinger from the debutant paceman Jason Behrendorff late through midwicket. He followed it up with a nonchalantly flicked six over long leg off Nathan Coulter-Nile, but the bowler swung one past a flick next ball and clattered his stumps. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan then ran down the remainder of the target with the help of timely boundaries. Adam Zampa bounced back excellently from a first-ball-four in the penultimate over to concede just six and leave India with as many to get off the last over, and Kohli sealed it with a lofted four over extra-cover off Daniel Christian.
Just how low the surface played was seen in the fact that six of the eight wickets Australia lost were bowled; two of them chopping on. It was far from what David Warner, Australia’s stand-in captain, had pictured when he was asked to bat and expressed his inclination to do the same. The miscalculations of length began early enough, Warner setting the template when, having flayed two wide deliveries for four, he again swooped his bat down at an angle to a good-length ball and chopped on in the first over. Not long after emerged the signs that Australia was in for a long, hard grind as they played out 13 dots in the first five overs.
The effects of those dots were somewhat neutralised by Aaron Finch’s counter-charge. The only Australia batsman to display any kind of fluency, Finch built up steam with smart clips, gentle dabs, the occasional chip, and when the bowlers erred in length, brutal cuts and forceful drives. Hardik Pandya was especially culpable of those errors in length. He hardly found pace off the surface, and his first spell was strewn with fuller deliveries and length balls that often came with the added incentive of width. In all, his first two overs contained just three dot balls and three fours.
The dismissal of Glenn Maxwell, who added 47 with Finch, halted Australia’s all-too-brief charge. It arrived off a short ball that Maxwell pulled straight into the hands of short midwicket. The shorter length would go on to characterise Chahal’s spell and was the testament to how well he had sussed out the surface. While it didn’t help the pacers to drop short, this length worked in favour of the legspinner, as it gave the ball enough time to grip and prevented the batsmen from getting on top of the bounce.
Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm wrist-spinner, made for a study in contrast with his lengths in the first half of his spell. Seven of his first 12 balls were full and it meant that Finch settled into the sweep, employing the shot to the first five balls he faced off him. That turned out to be the set-up that would trap Finch as he loaded up for another sweep only for Kuldeep to fire it in quick and fuller still, leaving Finch with next to no time to adjust and bowling him.
Variable bounce accounted for Moises Henriques and Travis Head. In contrast to Finch, Kuldeep slowed his pace down to Henriques, who telegraphed a charge and swung blindly to be bowled. The rest of the order hardly painted a pretty picture. Australia’s slide allowed Pandya to bounce back with a much-improved second spell of 2-0-10-1. Perhaps the only passage of play that India wouldn’t look back on too fondly was the 15th over, sent down by Chahal, which saw two shelled catches and a rare stumping chance fluffed by MS Dhoni. That Tim Paine, the batsman reprieved on each occasion, still ended up with an unflattering 17 off 16 summed up Australia’s day.