Cameron Green smashed 61 and Matthew Wade provided the late assault to secure Australia’s four-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International against India on Tuesday (20).
The clash between world champions Australia and current number one India produced a high-scoring contest, which the tourists clinched with four balls to spare to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten 71 off 30 balls fired India to an imposing 208-6, their highest score against Australia, after being put into bat at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. The home side lost skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli inside five overs, but KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav steadied the innings with a 68-run stand.
Rahul made 55 as he and Yadav (46) guided India to 86-2 at the halfway stage of their innings. zIndia risked losing the momentum after both fell in quick succession, but Pandya produced a scintillating knock that was studded with five sixes and seven fours.
The all-rounder raced to a 25-ball fifty and finished with a hat-trick of sixes from the 21-run final over from Green.
Nathan Ellis (3-30) was the pick of the Australia bowlers and also took two catches to send back Rohit and Rahul.
India 208/6 (Hardik Pandya 71*, KL Rahul 55, Suryakumar Yadav 46; Nathan Ellis 3-30)
Australia 211/6 in 19.2 ov (Cameron Green 61, Matthew Wade 45*; Axar Patel 3-17)