1st T20I: India beat Australia in Canberra to go on 8-match winning streak, yet to lose a T20I match in 2020


Australia vs India, 1st T20I: After Ravinda Jadeja’s quickfire 44 gave India 161, concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal and debutant T Natarajan shone with the ball to help India seal a 11-run win.

India beat Australia by 11 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first T20I series that India played this year was with Sri Lanka at home and they won it 2-0
  • That was followed by a 5-0 white-wash of hosts New Zealand in February
  • The win on Friday against Australia was the 8th consecutive one

India beat Australia by 11 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday to win the 1st T20I and take a 1-0 in the 3-match series.

It was their second consecutive win at the stadium in a span of three days after they won the 3rd ODI at the same venue on Wednesday.

With the win on Friday, India are now on an 8-match winning streak in T20Is in 2020, making it their longest-ever in the format. They are yet to lose a T20I match this year, having won 8 matches of their nine matches while there was no result in one game.

The first T20I series that India played this year was with Sri Lanka at home. The first game of the 3-match series was abandoned due to rain in Guwahati, while India won the other two games in Indore and Pune and sealed the series 2-0.

After that on the tour of New Zealand, India completed a 5-0 white-wash of the hosts with two of the matches being won in a Super Over. The win on Friday was their 8th consecutive one.

Concussion substitute controversy overshadows the game

Ravindra Jadeja was the star with the bat for India with an unbeaten 23-ball 44 to steer the visitors to a par score of 161. After that concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal’s game-changing spell, and debutant T Natarajan 3-wicket spell including the key wicket of Glenn Maxwell gave India their second consecutive win at the Manuka Oval on Friday.

However, the game was partly overshadowed by the controversy over Chahal coming in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja after the latter was hit on the helmet during his match-winning knock of 44.

Concussion testing protocols were apparently not followed as Jadeja was not checked on by a physio nor his helmet was changed after he took a blow on his helmet in the final over of India’s innings.

Australia head coach Justin Langer was apparently upset with the move as he was caught on television cameras having an intense discussion with match referee David Boon after the concussion substitution was made.



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