In the first T20I between India and Australia, Virat Kohli got involved in a one-sided confrontation with Australia’s Test and ODI captain Steve Smtih after the latter got a leading edge which fell in Kohli’s lap. Kohli was seen ordering Smith to keep his mouth shut along with customary North Indian cuss words which the Indian Test skipper is famous for the world over now. India may have won the match but sooner or later Kohli needs to keep his anger in check if he wants to lead the country for long.
Meanwhile, going back to the match; Chasing 189 runs, Australia started strongly before losing wickets at regular intervals to slump to 151 all out in 19.3 overs. young pacer Jasprit Bumrah had a memorable T20I debut, returning figures of 3-23 in 3.3 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja (2-21), Ravichandran Ashwin (2-28) and another debutant, Hardik Pandya (2-37) also bagged a couple of wickets each as India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Ashish Nehra (1-28) gave away a lot of runs in his first spell before clinching a wicket towards the end.
Earlier, Kohli stitched together a 134-run stand with Suresh Raina which brought the Indian innings back on track after the visitors had suffered a couple of early blows.
The Delhi batsman remained unbeaten on 90 runs, smashing nine fours and two sixes during his 55-ball stint. Raina batted excellently at the other end, scoring 41 runs off 34 deliveries with three hits to the fence and a six. The duo helped India post 188/3 in their 20 overs. Kohli was adjudged the man of the match.
Captain Aaron Finch was Australia’s highest scorer with 44. He had four boundaries and a couple of sixes in his 33-ball innings.