Making a come back to the Men in Blue, Jasprit Bumrah looked everything but rusty as he hit the right length from the outset and was the pick of the Indian bowlers in the 1st T20I at Vizag. It was Bumrah whose three for 16 in four overs gave India the hope of pulling off a miracle, which was not to be. But, it was a sensational penultimate over from Bumrah that tilted things in India’s favour. Needing 16 to win off the last two overs with wickets in hand, the Aussies seemed to be in cruise control when Bumrah’s two-run over turned the game on its head. He also picked up a couple of wickets in the over of Peter Handscomb and Nathan Coulter Nile. He gave away only two singles in the over. Also Read - India Bowling Coach Explains Why he Didn't Change Jasprit Bumrah's Unconventional Bowling Action
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He picked up Nathan Coulter Nile with an unplayable yorker and Handscomb with a back of a length delivery.
“We want to give Rahul and Rishab more game-time. Rahul played a really good knock and we had a good partnership. Had we gone on, we could have got 150, which would have been a match-winning score on this pitch. But Australia played better cricket overall and deserved to win,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
However, he didn’t forget to praise his bowlers for making a match of a low target like 127.
“Very pleased with the bowling effort. Never thought we would be in this situation but Bumrah can do wonders when the ball is reversing. Even Mayank (Markande) bowled brilliantly (17th over), I thought,” said Kohli.
Winning captain Aaron Finch also conceded that facing Bumrah in the death overs is not an easy proposition.
“When Bumrah has got overs up his sleeve, it’s never easy. But the run-outs didn’t help either. Maxwell played a hell of an innings on a difficult pitch,” Finch lauded the senior batsman.