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An amazing start for the visitors here then, taking an unassailable lead in the 2-match T20I series. Up to the Indians now then to make a comeback and share honors in this series as the bandwagon shifts to Bengaluru for the second game. It promises to be another impressive game in the offing. Signing off from here, hope you had fun watching this thriller as we did covering it. See you on 27th Feb, Wednesday at 1900 local (1330 GMT) for the final game of this series at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Until then, take care! Cheers!
Man of the Match, Nathan Coulter-Nile, says they bowled really well and scraped through in the end. Mentions they worked out quickly it was not coming on and he tried to hit the surface hard by digging it in. Ends by saying he feels really good about the win and he hopes to seal the series in the next game.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says the wicket got lower and slower as the game progressed. Further adds the run out also did not help them. Credits the bowlers for the way they bowled in the first innings. Mentions they have some strong bowlers to pick from which is a good thing. Praises Coulter-Nile for the way he bowled.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says he is very pleased with their bowling but they were not up to the mark with the bat. Mentions he never thought they would be in the position they were in the 20th over but credits Bumrah for his effort. Also appreciates the effort by Markande for his overs in the middle stage. Informs it is their plan to give Rahul and Pant some game time. Reckons something around 150 is what they were looking for. Ends by saying the Aussies deserved to win.
As far as the Indian bowling is concerned, they tried really hard and fought valiantly to defend an under-par score but in the end, just fell short. Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional picking up 3 wickets for just 16 runs with support from the spinners. Umesh Yadav was a bit disappointing except for a good over in the middle. Earlier on in the evening, India despite a half-century from KL Rahul could not post a good total and ended up with just 126 on the board. For the Aussies, the star with the ball was Nathan Coulter-Nile as he picked up 3 wickets. The other Aussie bowlers were economical as well. Thus, the Australians have just about gotten over the line in this first T20I with the help of a fifty from Maxwell and heroics with the bat from their bowlers in the end. A bitter pill to swallow for the hosts but a superb cricket match which made for an amazing watch. Presentations to follow...
What a humdinger of a game we have had here. The Australians had almost lost it from a perfect position but then stolen the game from the jaws of defeat. 14 runs off the last over and 2 off the last ball has ensured that the visitors have taken an unassailable lead in this 2-game T20I series. Take a bow, Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins to have won the game from where it looked like India were favorites. Nevertheless though, this game should have not come so far till the last ball of the match. The Aussies began really poorly in the chase as they were two down with just 5 runs on the board. But what followed was exceptional hitting from Maxwell and Short as they took their team to a winning position with an 84-run stand. There again swung the pendulum as the wicket of Maxwell fell. The Aussies seemed like they pressed the panic button as the following batsmen went in a procession and the runs were drying up. Bumrah bowled an outstanding 19th over and left Umesh with 13 to defend off the last. Two boundaries and two couples in the final over though helped the visitors cross the line and win the game by 3 wickets. An absolute thriller and the visitors came away as deserving winners.
19.6UYadav to PatCummins
A brace! Australia have done it! It is Cummins who has hit the winning runs. Umesh Yadav fails to hold his nerve as he has conceded the 14 runs needed in the last over. Goes full again, Cummins with a straight bat strokes it past the diving bowler. Now the weight on the shot is just perfect, not too hard for the long on fielder to cut it off quickly, not too little for the mid off fielder to get across. They run one, go for the second, the fielder makes it easy for them by throwing it at the bowler's end which is probably the wrong end as the non-striker would have got a head start, two completed. All smiles in the Australian camp and why not? THEY HAVE WON IT OFF THE LAST BALL, WITH 3 WICKETS IN HAND!
19.5UYadav to PatCummins
FOUR! And Cummins hits it! 2 needed in one now! Another low full toss but this time there is width on offer and Cummins cashes in on it. He strokes it through covers. It is away from the fielder in the deep and a boundary results.
19.4UYadav to JRichardson
Just a single! Goes very full, a low full toss in fact. Difficult to get under those. Richardson hits it down to long on for a run. 6 in 2. Australia need a boundary on the next ball.
A field change, actually just a swap of fielders. Kohli goes to the deep and sends the fielder at deep mid-wicket inside the circle.
19.3UYadav to JRichardson
What running! Brilliant! A good yorker on middle, Jhye blocks it and the ball rolls towards long on. The bowler should have run to the ball there but instead long on comes in and by that time, the batsmen can pick up two. Incredible stuff! 7 runs off 3 balls now.
19.2UYadav to JRichardson
FOUR! What a shot! Looks like someone has turned off the volume at the stadium. A short of a length ball on top of middle and Richardson holds his position and pulls this through deep square leg for a boundary. 9 off 4 balls.
19.1UYadav to PatCummins
Slower ball following the batsman who was making room, Cummins looks to loft it over long on but mistimes it, it goes on the bounce towards long on for a single. 13 off 5 now.
Jhye Richardson walks out next. Umesh Yadav will bowl the last over with 14 runs required for the Aussies to win.
18.6JBumrah to NCoulter-Nile
18.6: J Bumrah to N Coulter-Nile, OUT! TIMBER! The crowd here is going bonkers! A corker of a yorker this one! Too good for Nathan Coulter-Nile! Two wickets in two balls for Bumrah. Comes steaming in and bowls it right in the blockhole. Nathan Coulter-Nile fails to bring his bat down in time and the ball sends the leg stump for a walk. What a penultimate over this has been from Bumrah, 2 runs and 2 wickets from it. This guy just never fails to deliver.
Pat Cummins walks out next to bat, he will not be on strike though as the batsmen crossed when the catch was being taken.
18.5JBumrah to PHandscomb
OUT! The last recognized batsman is out of here. And now, one can say, the Indians are favourites to win this game. Bumrah's over keeps getting better. Sees Handscomb come down the track and outsmarts him. He bangs it short. PH is in no position to play the pull but still goes for it. The ball takes the top edge and lobs to the left of Dhoni. He calls for it and the man who has nerves of steel takes a high-pressure catch. This is also Bumrah's 50th wicket in T20Is, it could probably be the one which wins India the game.
18.4JBumrah to NCoulter-Nile
18.4: J Bumrah to N Coulter-Nile, Shortish and on middle, it skids through. Coulter-Nile is hurried into the stroke. He only manages to hit it down to long on for a run. Singles won't harm India here.
18.3JBumrah to NCoulter-Nile
18.3: J Bumrah to N Coulter-Nile, Swing and a miss! Back of a length around off, NCN swings but only connects with thin air. The gap between balls to be bowled and runs needed is 6. Pressure building.
18.2JBumrah to PHandscomb
Uses his feet but Bumrah follows him, Handscomb works it through square leg for only a single. Just a single from the first two balls.
18.1JBumrah to PHandscomb
A dot to begin with! Short and outside off, Handscomb looks to play across the line but misses.
Jasprit Bumrah it is to bowl the 19th over. A very important over one can say.
17.6MMarkande to PHandscomb
He does! A flighted ball on middle and Handscomb chips it towards long on for a single. A brilliant over from the debutant in trying conditions. Only 5 off it in the end. He ends with figures of 4-0-31-1. 16 runs required off 2 overs now.
17.5MMarkande to NCoulter-Nile
17.5: M Markande to N Coulter-Nile, Nathan gets a single this time as he powers it down to long off. This is a top over so far, can he end it well?
17.4MMarkande to NCoulter-Nile
17.4: M Markande to N Coulter-Nile, Flatter one outside off, Coulter-Nile looks to hit it back down the ground but hits it straight at Mayank. He almost misses it but that does not cost a run. Pressure on NCN.
17.3MMarkande to NCoulter-Nile
17.3: M Markande to N Coulter-Nile, Another googly, Nathan looks to cut but ends up hitting it to covers.
17.2MMarkande to PHandscomb
That was risky! The googly and Handscomb did not pick it. He goes back and looks to guide it off the stumps. He luckily gets bat to it and a single is taken towards short third man.
17.1MMarkande to PHandscomb
Lovely shot! Very delightful to the eye that! Flighted ball and on off, it is a little too full. Handscomb just leans into it and caresses it through covers. The fielder from long off, Rahul, runs to his left, slides and seems to have stopped the boundary. The umpire goes upstairs to check and replays show that he has done well. Saves two in a game where every run matters.
Very close stuff! Has Rahul's foot touched the rope here? The two runs in question could come into play... let's see what the replays have to say as the umpire wants to check it upstairs.
Mayank Markande comes back on.
16.6KPandya to PHandscomb
Sensible from Handscomb! Pushes the last ball to long off slightly uppishly but safely for a single. End of a good over from Krunal, 5 runs and a wicket off it. He ends with awesome figures of 4-0-17-1. 21 runs required in 18 balls now.
16.5KPandya to NCoulter-Nile
16.5: K Pandya to N Coulter-Nile, Another single down to long off. This could be stopped though as it goes over the hand of the diving bowler.
16.4KPandya to PHandscomb
Flatter and shorter, PH pushes it to long on and gets to the other end.
16.3KPandya to NCoulter-Nile
16.3: K Pandya to N Coulter-Nile, Times it nicely down to long off and a run is taken. Gets off the mark straightaway.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is the new man in.
16.2KPandya to ATurner
OUT! Bowled 'em! Are the Aussies pulling the trigger on themselves here? Unnecessary shot and the stumps are disturbed. Krunal bowls this one flatter and straight on middle. Turner comes inside the line and looks to paddle sweep the ball into the vacant fine leg region. He misses and the bowler hits. Just singles are needed and such shots are not needed. The game is surely on here! Pressure of the twelfth man also weighs in as the crowd has come alive here.
16.1KPandya to PHandscomb
A flatter one on middle, Peter pushes it to long on and gets to the other end.
Krunal Pandya to bowl now.
15.7UYadav to ATurner
A dot to end! Turner makes room and Yadav follows him. Turner looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards point. Just three and a wicket from this over. Now 26 more needed in 24.
15.6UYadav to ATurner
Third dot ball on the row and the crowd is alive once more! A length ball outside off, cut away hard by Turner but the ball goes straight to point.
15.5UYadav to ATurner
A yorker taken on the full by Ashton as he drives it to mid on. Two dot balls to the new batsman.
15.4UYadav to ATurner
A fuller ball on middle, Turner looks to drive it through cover but the ball goes towards mid-wicket off the inside edge off the bat.
Ashton Turner walks in at number 6.
15.3UYadav to PHandscomb
OUT! Another run out and it is Short, the well-set batsmen who is taking the long walk back. Umesh bowls a full ball on the pads, Peter Handscomb flicks it through backward square leg. Pandya from fine leg moves to his left and stops it. The batsmen till then, complete one. Peter is off for the second. Short is a little hesitant and hence, Peter stops. Short also then stops and looks to turn back and get in. However, the throw till then gets to Dhoni and he underarms it onto the stumps. He then throws it to the bowler at the other end but Short is already given out at his end. Bonus wicket for India, is this the sniff they wanted?
15.2UYadav to DShort
100 up for the Aussies! A length ball outside off, pushed away to deep cover for a single by Short. 27 required now from 29 balls.