After taking the ODI series 4-1, hosts India started the T20I series on front foot after a nine-wicket victory over Australia on Saturday at Ranchi.
In a match played under overcast conditions, India skipper Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bowl first keeping weather interruptions in the latter stages in mind.
That move paid dividends in the end as heavy showers reduced Australia’s total of 114-8 to a 48-run chase for Kohli’s men.
Though weather interventions cost us a full 20-over game, we look at the player ratings for the two teams.
Making his comeback into the side after being given permission to miss the ODI series, the left-handed opener had a much shorter target than anticipated but played sensibly enough to guide India home.
The hero of India’s win in the final ODI, the right-hander left the door ajar for Australia after gifting his wicket early into his side’s chase. A six off the delivery prior to his dismissal was his only notable contribution.
Made the right call at the toss and proved once again why he is the best chaser in the limited-overs format after his unbeaten 14-ball 21 to ease India through. Effected a brilliant run-out from the deep with a searing throw.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 7, 2017
The right-hander did not have any notable contribution in the rain-curtailed tie. He was good in the field when called upon.
Like Pandey, he was not called into action with the bat and India’s frontline bowlers’ excellent display meant that his part-time spin wasn’t required.
He was solid behind the stumps as his standard with him. The local hero did not get the chance to bat to dampen the night for Ranchi supporters slightly.
Was good with the ball though slightly expensive. Picked up the crucial wicket of Travis Head and wasn;t called upon with the bat.
He was a tad expensive as well with the ball but continued his excellent ODI form with the vital wicket of David Warner in the very first over of the match.
The youngster was lethal with the ball on Saturday and deservedly won the man of the match award. He returned with excellent figures of 2-16 in his four overs to leave India with a comfortable chase.
Like the other leg-spinner, Chahal was excellent once again on a wicket which was slow and kept low at times. His sole wicket came off probably his worst delivery of the day but he will take it all day long.
Has turned into a fine death bowler and showed his prowess once again on Saturday with two clean-bowled dismissals in the 18th over of Australia’s innings.
100* T20 wickets for Jasprit Bumrah in India, becomes the 16th Indian & 19th overall to take 100 or more wickets in the country. #INDvAUS
— ViratKohli #Kohli FC (@Im_ViratKohli) October 7, 2017
The only Aussie batsman who can look back at Saturday’s performance proudly. He was in imperious touch as he has been all throughout the tour with a 30-ball 42. Was undone by Yadav’s magic though.
Not the best of starts for the stand-in captain. Lost his wicket in the very first over after starting well to set Australia back early on.
After performing miserably in the ODI series, the maverick Australian batsman let himself down once again after he was sent in at number through. Got dismissed to a rubbish Chahal delivery.
Being groomed for the number four role in the Aussie batting lineup, Head’s innings never got going before he eventually chopped one Pandya delivery onto his stumps.
One of Australia’s T20I specialists, the all-rounder fell to the guile and flight of Yadav after advancing down the track. Wasn’t given a ball during India’s chase.
Another T20I veteran, the all-rounder was run-out by a direct hit from Kohli at long-on after trying to sneak in a cheeky second. Came onto bowl when India were almost home.
The Australian wicket-keeper has been given a new lease of life with T20Is. He was playing decently well in his 16-ball 17 cameo before a Bumrah special knocked over his stumps.
Like Paine, was castled by a Bumrah with a perfect yorker. He took the sole Indian wicket to fall after he bowled opener Rohit Sharma. Finished with figures of 1-20 in two overs.
The T2OI specialist had only one over to bowl in the curtailed match and he went for 10 runs in that. The pacer did not have much else to do.
Had only one over to bowl in India’s chase but did well to go for only run a ball given the circumstances. He did not have much else to do either.
The pacer was making his maiden Australia appearance and did pretty well for a debut. Was given only one over but went for only five runs to keep the pressure on India.
Good to see Jason Behrendorff get a gig for Australia in India. Has a bright future, not just in t20, if he stays on the park.
— Darren Murphy 🏏 (@MrDMurphy) August 18, 2017
India chased down Australia’s revised target of 48 (D/L) in a six over chase with relative ease to take first blood in the three-match T20I series at Ranchi.
Virat Kohli and Shikar Dhawan saw India home in the short chase as the home side won the tie by nine-wickets with balls to spare.
In a match which was curtailed drastically by rain, we look at the three key talking points of the day.
Steve Smith was effusive in his praise for India’s death-bowling, calling it the best in the business before he had to return to Australia with a shoulder injury.
Bumrah showed exactly why yet again in Ranchi after he racked up two clean-bowled dismissals in the very same over in the 18th over of Australia’s innings.
A lovely delivery straight on middle stump swung in just after pitching to leave Tim Paine no chance as his leg-stump came down rocking.
The Australian wicket-keeper crouched down at the wicket in stunned disbelief more than anything before pulling himself up again for the long walk back to the pavilion.
Bumrah’s second of the day was a perfect in-swinging yorker that took off the leg-stump once again, this time it was Nathan Coulter Nile who had to the long walk back.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 7, 2017
Australia’s 118-8 in 18.4 overs looked bad by any standards of T20 averages but it looked particularly horrible once heavy showers forced India’s chase to six overs with a revised target of 48.
Coulter-Nile had the perfect response to Rohit Sharma’s belligerent six over long leg with minimal effort.
The Australian pacer removed the Indian vice-captain’s middle-stump after the batsman tried to flick a straighter delivery on the on-side.
Shikhar Dhawan had missed the entire ODI series to be with his ailing wife but such is his pedigree in the limited-overs format that Ajinkya Rahane’s excellent showing in the 50-over series wasn’t enough to keep his place in the side as opener.
Dhawan repaid that faith on Saturday albeit with a much shorter target to chase. He combined with Kohli to dismiss the early jitters as the Indians romped home in the end comfortable with three deliveries to spare.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 7, 2017
Australia had recovered well from stand-in skipper David Warner’s first over dismissal as Aaron Finch continued his good form from the 50-over series in the T20 format with some crisp boundaries and a six early into his innings.
On came Kuldeep Yadav and the left-arm chinaman managed to outfox the Aussies with his unique brand of leg-spin.
The 22-year-old youngster deceived the Australian opener with a quicker full-delivery to leave the stumps shattered after Finch had telegraphed his pre-meditate sweep.
Yadav’s second wicket was another beautiful piece of bowling after Moises Henriques advanced down the track to hoist the spinner over mid-wicket only to be beaten by the excellent flight and turn of the delivery.
All in all, Yadav returned with impressive figured of 2-16 from his four overs.
— ICC (@ICC) October 7, 2017
After being thumped comprehensively 4-1 in the ODI series, the Aussies were looking to come back strongly in the first of the three-match T20I series at Ranchi.
With regular captain Steve Smith having to fly home due to a shoulder injury, David Warner took over the skipper duties for the T20Is.
Shikhar Dhawan returned to the side after missing the ODIs to attend to his ailing wife while Kuldeep Yadav took up the spot of the second spinner instead of Axar Patel.
Australia meanwhile recalled their T20I specialists Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Andrew Tye and Glenn Maxwell. Left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff was handed his maiden international cap for his country.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 7, 2017
Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first, taking the weather conditions into play on an overcast day at Ranchi while Warner quipped that he would have chosen to bat first anyway.
The visitors were rocked in the very first over of their innings when Warner chopped on a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery onto his stumps.
Aaron Finch and Maxwell then took control and the former particularly looked in impressive touch, carrying on in the same vein as his ODI showings.
Yuzvendra Chahal pegged Australia back once again when he dismissed Maxwell for the fourth time in as many innings. The right-handed batsman swatted a poor delivery from the wrist-spinner straight into the hands of Jasprit Bumrah at short mid-wicket.
Finch’s cameo was ended by some beautiful bowling from Yadav after the Aussie opener was clean bowled attempting to sweep a full and quicker delivery for a 30-ball 42.
The visitors’ middle-order failed once again in Ranchi as Travis Head and Moises Henriques fell cheaply to Hardik Pandya and Yadav respectively.
Bumrah showed his death-bowling prowess once again when he shattered the stumps of Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the same over with a couple of in-swinging fuller deliveries.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 7, 2017
All-rounder Dan Christian tried to get the innings going again but he was run-out by a brilliant direct-hit from long-on of all places by Indian skipper Kohli to reduce Australia to 114-8 in the penultimate over.
The pitch at Ranchi played slow with the ball not coming onto the bat easily while many deliveries kept alarmingly low.
The weather-gods played their hands in the penultimate over as heavy showers forced the umpires to take the teams off the pitch.
The extended rain-delay caused the umpires to call-off Australia’s innings as India will be set a revised target under the Duckworth Lewis method when play restarts.
Australia 118-8 (18.4 overs)
Aaron Finch – 42 (30)
Jasprit Bumrah – 2-17 (Three overs)
Kuldeep Yadav – 2-16 (Four overs)