India beat Australia by 11 runs in the first T20 international – live!

India beat Australia by 11 runs in the first T20 international – live!

The trip to Canberra has done the trick. India got steamrolled by Australia’s batting in the first two ODIs in Sydney when the home team was batting first, but shifting down here and having Australia chase has turned the tables. On both occasions the Australians have turned fairly comfortable positions into losses, and the Indian bowlers have been good enough when it mattered.

Player of the match must be Jadeja-Chahal: one saved the batting innings with that fast unbeaten 44, the other got the key wickets of Finch, Smith and Wade while keeping the run rate low. Them aside, KL Rahul’s runs were important, Samson contributed a few, while Washington Sundar was damaging to Australia’s scoring with his four overs, 0 for 16.

Player of the match must be Jadeja-Chahal: one saved the batting innings with that fast unbeaten 44, the other got the key wickets of Finch, Smith and Wade while keeping the run rate low. Them aside, KL Rahul’s runs were important, Samson contributed a few, while Washington Sundar was damaging to Australia’s scoring with his four overs, 0 for 16.

Chahal is indeed the player of the match. And he’s up to chat to the post-match mic.

“This was an amazing feeling. There was no pressure while we were batting. Ten to fifteen minutes before I got to know that maybe I will play, so I just came to the ground and warmed up myself. I learned from my ODI mistakes because I gave too much flight, so here I bowled the way Zampa does, where I use the wicket when it is gripping. We thought 150 to 160 was a big target on this wicket.”

Aaron Finch is asked about Langer’s, err, animated discussion with Langer. He plays a forward defensive. “There’s not much you can do about that, you’re not challenging a medical professional in that regard.”

Kohli steps up as the winning captain. “There were no plans for Yuzi to be in the game. Jadeja got a knock and he felt a bit dizzy. Maybe another day we wouldn’t have had a like for like. I think he showed character to fight back in the game. I thought they had a great start and they were cruising, to be honest. That’s how T20 cricket goes, we put enough pressure on them to eventually get the breakthroughs. We showed character in the last game with the bat and the ball, and then in this game with the bat and the ball.���

Two more matches will follow in this series, one on Sunday and the third on Tuesday, both from the SCG. We’ll be there. Until then.