IND vs AUS LIVE Score, 1st T20I Updates: Australia in control in 209 chase


Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the 1st T20I between India and Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

IND vs AUS LIVE COMMENTARY

AUSTRALIA INNINGS

Hardik starts with a couple of slower balls. Length from Hardik and Green pummels the ball over mid-wicket for a massive SIX!

AUS 99/1 in 9 overs: Axar returns. Smith sweeps a ball to square-leg from well outside the off-stump. Green attempts a sweep but is beaten on length. A reverse-sweep trickles down to short third-man. A singe to follow. IN THE AIR and KL Rahul drops Steve Smith at long-off! A tame chip from Smith as KL Rahul runs in to spill a sitter. And Green piles the misery on the bowler with a thumping SIX over long-on.

AUS 90/1 in 8 overs: It is raining boundaries in Mohali. Axar has just dropped a sitter at deep midwicket! Oh, it keeps getting worse for India. Short and top-edged to the boundary now. Green on 47 off 21, has just registered his highest score in T20Is. The fifty-run stand is up, with Green scoring 30 of those runs.

AUS 79/1 in 7 overs: 97 METRES! Green has dispatched Chahal over deep square leg. Another six… slog-swept over deep midwicket. Four more… this time Green has swept it to the rope at fine leg.

AUS 60/1 in 6 overs: Smith shimmies down to cart it over the head of Harshal to mid-off. Wide ball down the leg again. Pulled it behind square, Green has been in fine touch tonight.

AUS 48/1 in 5 overs: Spinners to operate in tandem. Chahal into the attack. Wide, Chahal has sprayed one down leg. Green gets a boundary through the offside.

AUS 40/1 in 4 overs: Spin has been introduced from one end. Axar to bowl. Finch plays for the turn, misses all of it and the stumps light up. Smith is in.

AUS 38/0 in 3 overs: Edged and wide! The outswinger balloons away to the fence. Finch wouldn’t mind. The ball’s been served up and Finch has battered this towards backward point. And again! Finch takes the aerial route and this has flown to third man as well. Australia is off to a flying start in the PowerPlay.

AUS 24/0 in 2 overs: Umesh’s first four balls have been thwacked by Green for fours. Sending him as an opener has worked thus far. The last ball has been hit hard as well but it has been stopped in its tracks at mid-off.

AUS 8/0 in 1 over: Out of form, who? Finch has just played the shot of the day for a six off the very first ball. Bowled full and outside off, Finch has lofted this over long-off. There is a bit of miscommunication between the fielders at point and cover – Rahul and Kohli – as they both let it pass. Freebie runs for the Aussies as Kohli does a bit of extra running.

TARGET: AUSTRALIA NEEDS 209 TO WIN

INDIA INNINGS

IND 208/6 in 20 overs: Hardik skies a short delivery but it lands safely. The all-rounder seems to be in a bit of discomfort as he seems to cramp up. But wait… scratch that… WHAT DISCOMFORT? THREE SIXES ON THE TROT FOR HARDIK… MY, OH, MY… He finishes with 71 off 30 balls. This is now India’s highest T20I score against Australia. Not just that, this is also Pandya’s highest T20I score.

IND 187/6 in 19 overs:Finch signals the T as the on-field umpire doesn’t seem to be too interested in a loud LBW appeal for Karthik’s wicket. Three reds… although it seemed to be going down leg at one point. DK goes for 6. Harshal walks in and smashes one through cover for four. It’s a fifty for Hardik off only 25 balls, his second in T20Is. He get to the mark with a flamboyant stroke to deep backward point.

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IND 176/5 in 18 overs: Hardik’s strong bottom hand comes into play once again as he blasts Cummins out of the ground. Another low full toss and Hardik’s dug this one out to drill it down the track again. Four! Cummins’ economy up to 11.75.

IND 160/5 in 17 overs: Down leg… The unpire’s called it wide. Hardik gets the toe-edge of the bat and it goes for a boundary down third man. Low full toss and Hazlewood has been punished as Hardik whips it straight down the ground.

IND 148/5 in 16 overs: Eliis pitches it wide and Hardik reaches out to guide the ball through the third man region. Axar holes out to Green at long-off in an effort to up the ante. Dinesh Karthik is in.

IND 141/4 in 15 overs: Karthik has been held back to counter the death bowling again. Wham! Axar with a beautiful straight drive past Cummins. Hardik has slapped one through extra cover now. Not a good day with the ball for Cummins, who has gone for more than 10 runs an over.

IND 131/4 in 14 overs: Back of a length from Green and it is Hardik who gets to smoke it over deep mid-wicket this time. GONE! Suryakumar has been caught behind while trying to poke one over the third man region. He falls four short of a half-century. Axar is the new man in.

IND 119/3 in 13 overs: Suryakumar’s had had enough. After Zampa concedes four singles, he bludgeons an 84m six over long on. He gets down on one knee and goes again… this time it has been launched towards deep midwicket.

IND 103/3 in 12 overs: Hazlewood returns. Rahul drives the first ball down to long-on for a single. Tucked into the pads and Suryakumar nonchalantly flicks the ball over wide long-on for six. In the air and dropped at long-on. Maxwell fails to latch onto a tough catch as Rahul smacks a short ball down the ground. The ball deflects off him and goes for four. Hazlewood to KL Rahul, OUT! Flicks straight to the square-leg fielder.

IND 91/2 in 11 overs: Zampa loops one into the blockhole and Rahul works it down to long-on for a single. Zampa keeps it full and straight. Suryakumar and Rahul continue to pick the gaps for singles. Rahul pushes the last ball to cover and gets hisFIFTY off 32 balls.

IND 86/2 in 10 overs: Ellis returns. A couple of singles to start the over before Ellis fends one down leg for a wide. Ellis goes full and wide. Surya slashes it through point for two runs. Ellis drops a slower bouncer and Suryakumar fails to unleash the upper-cut. A couple of singles to follow as we enter Drinks.

IND 78/2 in 9 overs: Zampa drops one short and Rahul muscles it across the line but finds the mid-wicket fielder. Four singles on the trot in the over. In the slot and Rahul unleashes the slog-sweep for a massive six over deep mid-wicket.

IND 69/2 in 8 overs: Green replaces Cummins. Back-to-back boundaries from Rahul as Green pitches both these deliveries way up the track. The first one has been whipped over fine leg. The second one’s been muscled through extra cover.

IND 56/2 in 7 overs: Zampa bowls a wide down leg. Maxwell doesn’t put in a dive near the rope as Suryakumar gets another four through mid-wicket.

IND 46/2 in 6 overs: Rahul passes on the strike to Suryakumar with a single. Overpitched and Suryakumar has creamed it through cover for four. A six now… Cummins pitches this short and Suryakumar goes for a helicopter-ish swing over his head. Very much the shot of a batter in control.

IND 35/2 in 5 overs: Ellis strays down leg, and it’s been called a wide. Bowls a slower one next and Kohli dabs it down gully. Kohli, looking to clear the infield, has hit the fuller delivery straight to Green at mid-on. The wry smile is back. Suryakumar Yadav’s in at 4.

IND 30/1 in 4 overs: Spin has been introduced – Zampa to bowl his first. Kohli gets off the mark with a single to long-on. Shouts of “Catch!” as Rahul slices one through sweeper cover for four.

IND 25/1 in 3 overs: Rohit welcomes Hazlewood with a monstrous maximum! Steps out, gets underneath the pitch of the delivery and clobbers it into the stands. OUT! Rohit goes for the wristy lofted shot over the leg side again but finds Ellis on this occasion. A leading edge off Rahul’s bat runs down to the third man fence.

IND 14/0 in 2 overs: Cummins to share the new ball. Bowled into the pads and Rohit has wristed this over fine leg. Cummins bounces back with a terrific delivery, forcing Rohit to hang his bat in the line. Four! Rohit has stretched his arms to whack it square.

IND 4/0 in 1 over: Hazlewood to open the bowling. Rahul takes strike, with Rohit for company at the other end. Rahul’s off the mark. There is some late movement on the ball as Rohit faces his first. The Indian captain is fortunate it didn’t take the leading edge. Woah… close! This one seams just past Rahul’s blade, who thankfully doesn’t look to fish.

6:54PM IST: Rohit Sharma leads the Indian cricket team out in the middle. They are in their new ‘One Blue’ kits. Time for the national anthems.

IND vs AUS PLAYING XI

India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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