AUS vs IND, 1st T-20l, Canberra, 2020– With the inexperienced players, Team India has proved they do believe in the upsets and they have successfully kept the momentum of the final ODI game to register the second win of the tour and takes the lead of 1-0 in the T20I series.
The home team depended too much on their top order and the absence of David Warner made the situation more difficult for Australia. After winning the toss Australian decided to bowl first and that decision backfired them after they were unable to restrict the opposition to a low score after reducing them 92/5 at one stage by the end of the 14th over.
Jadeja’s cameo of 23-ball 44 helped team India to score 161 runs with the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. KL Rahul (51) also played the handy knock at the top order to provide momentum for the other players.
From Australia, there was no single player who has even scored 40 runs individually as Australia was fell short of the target and lost the match by just 11 runs. Having said this, let us take a look at three things that went wrong for Australia vs India in 1st T20I at Canberra –
1) NO MARCUS STOINIS AND ALEX CAREY IN THE TEAM
In the absence of David Warner, it was expected that the Australian team would be playing with more batting options in the middle order. Chasing 162, Australia has unable to chase the target and lost the match by 11 runs as from Aaron Finch to Steve Smith to Glenn Maxwell everyone left the team in the trouble without scoring runs.
Without having more pinch-hitters in the lower order like Alex Carry and Marcus Stoinis to rescue the team after the collapse. With 1-0 down in the series the home team will be looking to come back in the next game to keep the series alive.
2) DECISION TO BOWL FIRST BACKFIRED
Although if we compare the two sides Australia looked more complete from team India in batting to bowling. After winning the toss Australia invite the tourist to bat first and they have lost the opener, Dhawan, at the score of 11 when Mitchell Strac cleaned bowled him. KL Rahul kept the one end while wickets kept falling at the other end.
Australia was in a good position when they reduced the opposition at 92/5 in 14 overs and looking to wrap up them as early as possible. But Jadeja’s (44) handy knock turned the game as India has posted 161 runs in the 20 overs. In reply, Australia was only able to score 150 runs in their 20 overs and lost the match by 11 runs.
3) PLAYING WITHOUT ASHTON AGAR COST THEM
Another obvious reason Australia deserved to lose the first T-20l match. There is no brainer that a team can’t win a match without a legitimate game-changer like Ashton Agar who can bat as well bowl too to give more options to Australia.
Ashton Agar is a left-handed bat and left-arm orthodox bowler is already a difficult bowler to play against in cricket. Hope Australia will look at the loopholes of the first game and come with a strong team in the next two games.
Both the team moves on to Sydney for the last 2 matches in the remaining series before the start of 4 match test series. The Indian team will be looking to lock the series in hand after winning the next match. Whereas the Australian team will look to level the series to play the decider on 8th December 2020.
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