India vs Australia 2020-21, 1st T20I: Here are the records scripted as Virat Kohli and co draw first blood
First Published Dec 4, 2020, 6:11 PM IST
India are off to a flying start in the three-match Twenty20 International. The win happened to be India's eighth consecutive one in the format, as they are coming off a terrific 5-0 win the in the previous T20I series, in New Zealand.
In what could be considered as a great start to the series, visitors India came up with a resounding performance, especially with the ball, as they tamed hosts Australia in the first of the three-match Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) at the Manuka Oval on Friday. The win allowed India to draw first blood and was a much-needed lead, as well as a confidence booster, having come off a 1-2 series loss in the just-concluded One-Day Internationals (ODI) against the same side. Meanwhile, here are a few of the records that were scripted.
Jadeja goes past Dhoni: In what could be considered as a terrific achievement, Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played an explosive knock, of a 23-ball 44, batting at number seven, as India posted a respectable total of 161/7. Consequently, he became the highest-scoring Indian in a T20I, batting at the same position or below, going past the previous record of MS Dhoni, who had scored 38 against England in 2012.
Finch is the best against India: Australian skipper Aaron Finch managed to play a decent knock of 35. He also managed to score his 400th T20I run against India, while he also became the highest-scoring Australian against the side in the format. He went past Colin Munro, who has scored 426 to date.
India register best winning run in T20Is: The win allowed India to register their eighth consecutive win in the format. Consequently, it also happens to be their best winning-run in the format, bettering their previous record of seven on three instances (2014, 2016 and 2018).
Match summary: Winning the toss, Finch elected to bowl first, as the Indians were off to a shaky start. Nonetheless, it was wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul (51), along with Jadeja's blitz of 23-ball 44, who allowed India to post a respectable total of 161/7, while Henriques claimed 3/22. In reply, the Australian were off to a flier, as the openers, Short (34) and Finch (35), contributed to 56 runs. Nonetheless, it was Chahal, along with T Natarajan, who claimed three wickets to push Australia onto the backfoot and win the tie by 11 runs.
Brief scores: India 140/6 (Rahul- 51, Samson 23; Henriques- 3/22) beat Australia 150/7 (Short- 34, Finch- 35; Chahal- 3/25, Natarajan 3/30) by 11 runs.