India in the first T20 of the three-match series at Adelaide Oval defeated Australia by 37 runs. Virat Kohli scored 90* while Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets for 23 runs. This victory over a powerful Australian side helped India take a 1-0 lead in a series which is being seen as World T20 2016 preparation.
Here are the five key moments of the match
1) Virat Kohli’s 90 not out
Batting sensation Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 55-ball 90 runs and built a 134 run partnership with Suresh Raina. Kohli’s aggressive batting helped India score 188 runs which were too good for Australia as they were bowled out for 151 by Indian bowlers. Virat Kohli was adjudged man of the match for his impactful knock.
2) Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling
Australia’s opening duo Aaron Finch and David Warner gave Australia a good start. The latter was smashing Indian bowlers with ease. However, Jasprit Bumrah gave India the first breakthrough, but that did not make any difference to Australia’s flow of runs. Steve Smith was looking composed, but Jadeja sent him back after few overs. In the next over, Ashwin has sent back Aaron Finch. These two consecutive breakthroughs left Australia in trouble as they never found their rhythm since the twin blows.
3) Two wrong decisions from umpire
Yes, Indian won the match. But at a crucial juncture of the match Umpire gave two wrong decisions. Aaron Finch and Travis Head were given lbw off the deliveries of Ashwin and Jadeja respectively. The fall of two consecutive wickets at a crucial juncture of the match affected Australia’s chase. Both deliveries were not in the line. The ball pitched outside leg stump for Finch and off impact was outside the off stump for Travis Head.
4) Jasprit Bumrah’s 3 for 23
The 22-year-old bowler impressed in the last ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground and now at Adelaide Oval taking three wickets for 23 runs. He gave India the first breakthrough. And later took two more wickets of James Faulkner and Cameron Boyce.
5) Hardik Pandya on hattrick
The debutante bowler conceded 19 runs in his first over and bowled 11-ball over. But he made a good comeback in his second over. On the last delivery of the 15th over he got the wicket of Chris Lynn, who smashed the ball but caught by Yuvraj Singh and in the first delivery of 16th over he took the wicket of Matthew Wade. However, his hat-trick chance was missed. But, it was fascinating to see that how he made a good comeback after conceding 19 runs in the first over in the first match of his international debut.