Outplayed in the ODIs, India made the comeback in first T-20 at Adelaide by comprehensively defeating Australia by 37 runs. Aussie T20 skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl first. The star batsman Kohli played magnificently making 90 runs, Suresh Raina made 41 runs, Rohit Sharma contributed 31 runs and captain Dhoni made 11 runs in just 3 balls in the last over of the Indian inning powering India to 188/3. The impressive bowling performance from the debutant Bumrah, Ashwin and Jadega saw India comprehensively winning the first T-20. Yuvraj, Raina and the pacer Nehra made their comeback to the Indian side.
The win is expected to set the right balance as the Indian team eye redemption in a three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, which also kicks off their build-up for the World T-20 Championships in March-April, 2016.
Importantly, the Indian team doesn’t really play too many T-20 international matches. Since the addition of the format to the international schedule in 2006, they have only played 57 games, with 28 of them across five World T-20 events in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014. And their record outside the World T-20 isn’t particularly impressive either, with 15 losses and 14 wins.
In the presentation ceremony, the Indian captain MS Dhoni said, “Good to see our bowlers making the batsmen play the big shot. Rohit started well followed by Virat and well supported by Raina. He and Yuvi have had just one net session, which is why I promoted myself ahead of Yuvraj. We bowled superbly after that. I felt once Pandya went through that first over he would bowl much better. He was executing the yorker well; he was bowling the wide ball well”.
The Indian team was comprehensively beaten in the ODIs, losing the series 1-4 and the T-20s would be an opportunity for the side to pick some positivity from the so far disappointing tour.