Watch: Virat Kohli takes a stunning catch to sack Cameron Green in Australia’s 1st T20I match


Australia delivered a dominant performance by beating India by four wickets in the first T20I, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match run at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, here on Tuesday.

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Brilliant fifties from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and a vital knock from Suryakumar Yadav took India to 208/6 in 20 overs. While India lost the wickets to Rohit and Kohli in the first six overs, there was a tremendous statement of intent by Hardik (71 not out of 30), KL Rahul (55 out of 35) and Suryakumar (46 out of 25).

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For Australia, medium pacer Nathan Ellis 3/30 was the bowlers’ choice.

On the hunt for big goal, opener Cameron Green delivered a sensational knock (61) to get Australia off to a flying start. However, India made a comeback by picking four wickets between 11th and 15th left.

The Indian team missed a few easy catches but it was Virat Kohli who made an absolutely stunning catch to sack Cameron Green. Watch Virat Kohli’s catch below.

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In the end, Australia needed 40 more runs from the last 18 balls and Matthew Wade (45 not out on 21) played offensively. He couldn’t stop taking Australia across the victory line in 19.2 Overs with four wickets in hand.

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Axar Patel was the most successful bowler for India with 3/17 while others were ordinary.

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Short scores: India 208/6 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 71 not out, KL Rahul 55; Nathan Elis 3/30, Josh Hazlewood 2/39) lost to Australia 211/6 in 19.2 overs (Cameron Green 61, Matthew Wade 45 not out; Axar Patel 3/17 with 4 wickets



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