Visakhapatnam, November 24, 2023: India has started the five-match T20 series on a winning note, defeating Australia in a thrilling contest in Visakhapatnam by two wickets. This victory comes as a relief for fans after the heartbreak in the World Cup final against Australia. With this win, Team India takes a 1-0 lead in the series, and the second match is scheduled to take place on Sunday (November 26) at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
IND vs AUS – India Secures Victory in Opening Match of T20 Series Against Australia
Newly appointed captain Suryakumar Yadav won the toss and chose to bowl. Australia set a target of 208 runs, losing three wickets in 20 overs. Team India chased down the target, scoring 209 runs in 19.5 overs with eight wickets in hand. In a nail-biting finish, Rinku Singh hit a six off the last ball, but it was declared a no-ball due to Sean Abbott’s foot being outside the crease. Unfortunately, the six did not count, and a single run was added to India’s total, securing the victory with one ball to spare.
In the last over, India needed seven runs to win. Rinku Singh and Akshar Patel were at the crease. Rinku hit a boundary off the first ball, and then three runs were needed off five balls. Rinku took a single on the next ball, and Akshar Patel was out on the third ball. With two balls to go, India needed two runs. On the fifth ball, Rinku Singh played a shot to leg side, and in an attempt to take a run, Arshdeep Singh was run out. India required one run on the last ball, and Rinku Singh, on strike, hit a six, but unfortunately, it was declared a no-ball as Sean Abbott’s foot was outside the crease. Instead of the six, one run was added to India’s total, securing the win.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan played crucial innings in India’s chase. Suryakumar scored 80 runs off 42 balls, including nine fours and four sixes. Ishan Kishan contributed 58 runs off 39 balls, smashing two fours and five sixes. For Australia, Tanveer Sangha took two wickets, while Jason Behrendorff, Matthew Short, and Sean Abbott claimed one wicket each.
Earlier in the match, Australia’s Josh Inglis played a remarkable century, scoring 110 runs off 50 balls, with 11 fours and eight sixes. He formed a partnership of 130 runs with Steve Smith, who scored 52 runs. Krishna and Ravi Bishnoi took one wicket each for India.
The second T20 match promises another exciting contest as the teams move to Thiruvananthapuram for the upcoming clash.