Team India made a winning start to the five-match T20I series against Australia by clinching the opening encounter in Visakhapatnam on Thursday, November 23. After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, India was put under pressure by Australia, with Josh Inglis’ century leading the visitors to a total of 208/3. However, Suryakumar Yadav matched Inglis shot for shot, leading India to a thrilling victory in a captivating chase.
India’s skipper had a successful outing on his T20I captaincy debut, but there were a couple of things he could’ve done better. Ahead of the remaining four games, he and the think tank will reflect on their performance in Vizag. Here are two mistakes and one masterstroke made by Team India in the first T20I against Australia.
Mistake: There were three run-outs in the Indian innings, and none of them were acceptable. Ruturaj Gaikwad walked off without facing a ball, which was a terrible start for India’s chase. Furthermore, Rinku Singh and Arshdeep Singh were also run out, highlighting the issue with running between the wickets for the Indian team.
Masterstroke: India were aggressive throughout, especially against Tanveer Sangha. They did not let Sangha settle and maintained positivity throughout their chase, which ultimately led to their success in the match.
Mistake: Suryakumar Yadav did not use a sixth bowler. India had part-time options, but they chose not to use them, despite two of their bowlers conceding over 12 runs per over. This lack of alternative bowling options could potentially impact India’s performance in the series.
In conclusion, Team India will need to address their running between the wickets and bowling strategy ahead of the remaining matches in the T20I series.