MOHALI, India (AP) — Matthew Wade put on a spectacular finish to help Australia beat India by four wickets in the first Twenty20 on Tuesday.
Wade reached 45 not out off 21 deliveries as Australia finished with 211-6 in 19.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier, Cameron Green (61) smacked his maiden T20 half-century off only 26 balls.
Hardik Pandya’s hit 71 not out off 47 balls to set up India’s 208-6 (20 overs). Pandya had seven fours and five sixes in a death-over assault against Australian bowling. Lokesh Rahul (55) also scored a half-century.
“I want to make it a habit of finishing games,” Wade said. “We were confident of chasing down 10-14 runs per over at this ground. We got off to a great start. Green was always going to open and it was nice to see him do that well. He is a really exciting all-rounder and will have a role to play with the ball as well.”
Put in to bat, India lost Rohit Sharma (11) and Virat Kohli (2) cheaply. The score read 35-2 in 4.5 overs as Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav came together.
They put on 68 runs off 42 balls for the third wicket and resurrected the Indian innings. Rahul reached his half-century off 32 balls, and hit four fours and three sixes.
Josh Hazlewood (2-39) provided the breakthrough as Yadav kicked into high gear. He hit four sixes, and two fours, to propel India’s run-rate.
Yadav’s departure in the 14th over put the brakes on the scoring as Axar Patel (6) and Dinesh Karthik (6) couldn’t maintain the tempo.
Pandya did, though, by recording 48 off the next 14 balls. He reached his half-century off 25 balls as India raced past 200 with the last four overs yielding 60 runs.
“Two hundred is a good score to defend but we didn’t bowl well enough,” Sharma said. “We also didn’t take our chances in the field. Our batsmen made a great effort but the bowlers were not quite there.”
In reply, Australia made light work of India’s tall target thanks to Green’s masterclass.
It sped off to a great start with Aaron Finch (22) and Green putting on 39 runs off 21 balls.