Chasing 161 to in, Aaron Finch and Darcy Short gave Australia gave a good start adding a 56-run stand in the first eight overs. Both the batsmen played attacking shots throughout their partnership. Finch carried his form from the ODI series to the T20Is. He scored a quickfire 35 and looked in no problem whatsoever. This was the first false short that he played, which resulted in a wicket.
Hardik Pandya Catches Aaron Finch off Yuzvendra Chahal
Finch lost his wicket in the fifth delivery of the eighth over. It was a good break for the Indians who looked on the backfoot in the partnership. Hardik Pandya came running from the cover boundary and completed the catch off Yuzvendra Chahal. The catch was taken after India dropped two catches of the very previous over by Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey.
Here is the video of the catch:
The wicket was taken by Yuzvendra Chahal who was called in as a concussion replacement for Ravindra Jadeja. Chahal was not picked in the initial playing XI as India decided to go with Washington Sundar instead of the leg spinner.
During his commentary stint in the first T20I, Manjrekar spoke at length on Chahal’s absence. He also said that not picking him in the XI being a leg spinner was unfair on Yuzvendra Chahal.
“I feel sorry for Chahal. I just feel that it’s one of those games where they feel that he is tired, he has played a couple of games and let’s rest him. Also, the lines are getting blurred between 50 overs and T20s. When you look at Yuzvendra Chahal, he has had his best IPL ever as a leg-spinner and in the first game he plays for India, he is dropped,” he said on Sony Ten 1.
“Some of the things that are happening because of the number of matches, also he had a couple of rough games in the ODIs, that’s a little unfair. He was in such great T20I form but unfortunate to be dropped for the first T20I. I am looking so far ahead. I am just looking at players available and what could be India’s best possible XI” Manjrekar further added.