Disciplined bowling leads India to comfortable win in rain-shortened game

Jessica Allison
October 8, 2017

Even a change of format hasn't been able to stop Australia's batting collapses, with India easily chasing down a reduced target in the rain-curtailed first T20 worldwide.

Coming out to chase a revised target of 48 runs in six overs, India, quite comfortably reached home with nine wickets in hand.

"It was unfortunate for Shikhar Dhawan to miss out on so many games, but he's back and even this innings of 15 will give him confidence".

Australia cricket team is now in India and they are now playing a series with Men in Blue.

India, who clinched the ODI series against Australia 4-1 to reclaim the number one spot in the ICC rankings, will be riding high on confidence and will aim for a flawless finish to the campaign with the T20I series. Kuldeep Yadav was awarded the Player of the Match. Their supposed over-dependence on Steve Smith and David Warner and the middle order's failure to capitalise is seen as the reason behind Australia's recent woes.

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After putting Australia into bat, the Indian bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict the Aussie batsman for just 118 after 18.4 overs.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over from Matthew Wade, but is expected to bat down the order with Warner and Finch looking to continue their strong form as an opening duo.

India captain Virat Kohli brought up the winning runs with his third boundary in his innings of 22 off 14 balls.

Not much going Australia's way at the moment. "But you need to have a good head as well, make batsmen hit the wrong areas". He hardly found pace off the surface, and his first spell was strewn with fuller deliveries and length balls that often came with the added incentive of width. Aaron Finch (42) continued to play positively as Australia ended the powerplay at 49 for one. First couple of balls I saw what he (Finch) was trying to do and set him up with an overpitched ball.

"I always think about getting wickets and that's all that matters for me and the team".

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