During the first T20I at the Gabba, Brisbane, India’s left-arm pacer, Khaleel Ahmed dropped a sitter on the first delivery of the seventeenth over. Earlier as well, the India skipper, Virat Kohli put down Aaron Finch’s catch off Jasprit Bumrah.
Although Kohli has the safest pair of hands in the world cricket at the moment, he disappointed Bumrah in the Powerplay overs. Though Finch scored a mere 27 in the first game, his dropped catch exposed India’s poor fielding on the day.
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Moreover, Bumrah proved to be unlucky once again when Khaleel Ahmed put down a catch off his bowling in the 17th over.
Much before the dropped catch incident took place, the Australians were in complete command of innings, as Maxwell and Stoinis were hitting the ball off the boundary ropes. Meanwhile, on the first ball off seventeenth over, Stoinis had smashed straight to the third man where Khaleel was positioned.
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Khaleel, who appeared to have grabbed it comfortably, fooled all on TV, as the ball slipped out of his hands. The effort didn’t amuse Bumrah, who saw two catches getting dropped off his bowling and he expressed his disappointment immediately. Thankfully, the rain had interrupted the game seconds after that and didn’t give much time to anyone to talk about it. Now, because of rain, the game got reduced to 17 overs per side.
Moreover, the Indians had done a pretty decent job after going for runs in the middle overs. Indian chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, who bagged a couple of them. Also, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah had bagged a piece. At the end of 17 overs, Australia had hit 158 runs, whereas, the revised target for India was 174.
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