The people here at Vishakhapatnam witnessed a thrilling show of bat & bowl as we saw Australia beat India by three wickets in last ball nail-bitter match.
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first with Rohit & K L Rahul to open for India. From a comfortable 80/2 in 10 overs, India lost four quick wickets within a span of 20 runs, falling to 100/6 after 15 overs.
MS Dhoni managed to show his trademark steady show by putting 29 of 37 balls while India managed to put on 126/7 on the board after 20 overs.
Australia experimented by sending Marcus Stoinis to open instead of Aron Finch who came at one-down. The experiment failed miserably as Australia lost two quick wickets. Maxwell began toying with Indian bowlers as he smashed 56 runs off 43 deliveries.
Match turned around after Chahal departed Maxwell and a comeback in the match seemed possible while Australia still was 38 runs behind the target. Then came the 19th over, which turned the table into India’sfavourr when Bumrah gave away only 2 runs, picking up two wickets as well. Australia needed 14 runs in last over which they got on the last ball of the 20th over bowled by Umesh Yadav. With this win, Australia takes the lead 1-0 in the series.
Here are three takeaways from the match:
#1 KL Rahul’s comeback
After being involved in a controversy due to trash talk in a TV show, Rahul made a comeback to National side after 2 months of wilderness. Rated highly for his techniques and strength as a batsman, Rahul managed to score 50 runs off 36 balls. This comeback had paved way for Rahul to be considered in the squad of World Cup 2019.
#2 The Maxwell Show
Maxwell is a destructor of the ball, and rightly so! He is not only loved by Australians, but Indians also admires him for his destructive ability to loft the ball to any part of the ground. The right-handed batsman blistered 56 runs off 43 balls.
The owners of Delhi Capitals will be all smiling at his fantastic form as he is set to play in IPL 2019 from March 23 in India.
#3 Bumrah: Death over specialist
Jasprit Bumarh who specialises in bowling swinging yorker deliveries can bowl at 140-145 km/hr consistently making him one of the fastest bowlers in India. With his unorthodox action coupled with natural pace, Bumarah has time again proved his ability to perform in the death overs. The crowd at Vizag was thrilled to bits when the Right-arm fast bowler bowled 19th over for India yesterday.
During the over, he gave away only two runs, taking crucial wickets of Handscomb & Coulter-Nile. Bumrah finished with a tally of 3/16 in 4 overs. He is genuinely the G.O.A.T material for death overs.