The Australian team suffered another loss on their tour of India when they lost the first T20 by nine wickets via D/L method. The Aussies were 118/8 when rain interrupted play. The Indians were then set a target of 48 runs in 6 overs which the hosts achieved losing just one wicket and three balls to spare. Australian middle order struggled to establish a partnership in the middle overs which resulted in a low target after the D/L method.
Aaron Finch carried his good form from the One Day series to the T20 series as he played well for his 42 runs. He was the top scorer for the Australian team. After the match, the opening batsman said that he was unaware of the Decision review system being introduced in the T20 series. The new rule changes have enforced the decision review system in the shortest format as well.
Finch said that he got to know about the availability of the DRS only after the fifth over when Steven Smith came out with the drinks.
“I didn’t know there was a review system until about the fifth over. Nobody did, Steve Smith, when he ran out a drink, mentioned it. So, we had to ask the umpires. But it is quite strange to have a crossover of rules for this series. I mean bat sizes and things like that are coming in at the end of the series. The over situation with a shortened game – three bowlers being allowed to bowl two overs – but DRS was in for this. It didn’t have any effect on the game. I just thought it was quite odd to have mixed and matched the rules for this series.”
He also accepted that he suffered ‘Brain Fade’ when he got out to Kuldeep Yadav. He said:
“I thought on that wicket, to Kuldeep, sweeping was a safer option than taking him over the top. Some balls were spinning. It was hard to judge the bounce on a track that was quite difficult, I found the sweep was the safer option. One to get off strike and to get a boundary as well if I could pick out a gap, but I kept picking out a fielder. The ball that I got out on was a little bit of brain fade, I went to sweep and just tried to chip him on the onside for one, and missed it.”