Aaron Finch has stated that the game can always turn around when Jasprit Bumrah has an over to bowl in the death. The Australian skipper also commended the efforts of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Glenn Maxwell as Australia prevailed over India in the first T20I of the series in Vizag.
Australia drew the last blood after chasing down a modest 127 in the last ball of the first T20I against India in Vizag. In the low-scoring encounter, when needing just 16 runs off 12 balls, Bumrah bowled an incredible over giving away just two runs and he picked up the crucial wickets of Peter Handscomb and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the same over to finish with figures of 3 for 16.
“I think on that wicket, it got
Earlier in the match, Australia had won the toss and opted to bowl. The hosts were restricted to a mere 126 runs with KL Rahul scoring a fifty in his comeback match while Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni making decent contributions to the scorecard. But, Australia kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to leave India squandering the start at 100/6 in 15 overs.
“They dragged the length back after the initial start. We were able to get some reverse and were bowling into the wicket. These guys are getting more and more experience. It's a really strong position to be in,” the Aussie skipper added.
Nathan Coulter-Nile put up an exemplary performance with the ball, picking up the wickets of Rahul and the lower middle-order batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya at crucial intervals. He finished his four overs with the figures of 3/26. Glenn Maxwell chipped in with contributions from the bat, scoring a half-century and the Australian lower order finished the game scoring 14 runs in the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav.
“Nathan is a wicket-taker. He has been very consistent in the IPL as well. Maxi played a hell of an innings on a pitch which was tough to bat,” said Finch.
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