India waltzed to a comfortable 9-wicket victory after a rain interruption led to Australia’s score of 118/8 being revised to 48 runs off 6 overs. Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav (2/16) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/17) had decimated the Aussie innings after an Aaron Finch's 42 had given the visitors a good start.
Brief scores: Australia 118/4 (18.4 overs) (Aaron Finch 42, Glenn Maxwell 17; Kuldeep Yadav 2/16, Jasprit Bumrah 2/17) lost to India 49/1 (Virat Kohli 22*, Shikhar Dhawan 15*; Natan Coulter-Nile 1/20) by 9 wickets (DLS).
India opted to field after winning the toss as the volatile weather and bounce less pitch didn’t allow Virat Kohli to take too many risks. Shikhar Dhawan returned to the line-up replacing Ajinkya Rahane in the opening slot while Yuzvendra Chahal pushed Axar Patel to the bench. Australia saw a host of changes too, which saw the likes of Moises Henriques, Jason Behrendorff and Daniel Christian coming into the side.
Clever Indian spin bowling keep Australia at bay
The game somewhat fizzled out in the initial stages after a very promising opening over that saw David Warner hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two consecutive boundaries before getting bowled out to a ball inching in. With the pitch offering very little pace and bounce, Hardik Pandya was definitely not the bowler for India as Aaron Finch started taking him on. With the big-hitting Finch and Glenn Maxwell at the crease, Kohli decided to let his pacers bowl out the powerplay overs that resulted in Australia scoring at 8 runs per over. As soon as the field restrictions ended, Kohli opted to bring in Yuzvendra Chahal and the wrist spinner had an instant impact as he dismissed Glenn Maxwell, who gave away his wicket to Bumrah at mid-wicket. Kuldeep Yadav attacked from the other end and choked out the runs the Aussies were scoring so freely
Yet another batting collapse sees Australia put up 118
India stuck to their full-proof approach of attacking with variety as Kohli had used all his five bowlers in the first 10 overs. And barring Pandya, whose attempts to hit the deck hard ended up being short-pitched deliveries, everyone else excelled. Yadav struck again in the 13th over as his ball kept low, thanks to the Ranchi pitch, and Moises Henriques’ bails were dislodged. Australia
Kohli and Dhawan take India to an easy 9 wicket victory
The rain interruption had reduced Australia’s score of 118 to just 48 runs from six overs. Australia saw a glimmer of hope when Nathan Coulter-Nile scalped off the Rohit Sharma's wicket in the second over. However, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan kept putting the ball
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