Jasprit Bumrah joined Ravichandran Ashwin to become the second India to pick 50 T20I wickets. He picked up three wickets at Vizag in the 1st T20I against Australia to breach the milestone. He also became the fastest to the feat as he got to it in 40 T20Is. the Indian pacer making a come back to the team conceded merely 16 runs in his stipulated four overs. Unfortunately, his good work went in vain as India lost in a last-ball finish by three wickets.
Bumrah has been doing phenomenally well in white and red ball cricket. He made his debut last year in South Africa and since then has emerged as India main bowler in both the formats with world-class performances all across the globe.
Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav’s death bowling went for a toss as he undid all the good work done by fellow teammate Jasprit Bumrah as Australia edged out India by three wickets to win a last-ball thriller in the first T20 International on Sunday. With 14 required off the last over, Umesh was hit for a boundary each by Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins, who had identical scores of 7 not out as they reached the target of 127 off the last delivery of the match.
Put into bat, opener Rahul’s half-century on the comeback but an inexplicable batting collapse found India restricted to a paltry 126 for 7 in 20 overs.
Back in the senior team after two-month wilderness due to his trash talk on a TV show, Rahul showed why he is rated highly during his 36-ball-50 but some indiscreet shot selection from his teammates meant that only 46 runs were scored in the back 10.
From a comfortable 80 for two in 9.5 overs, India lost four wickets for 20 runs by the 15th over to be reduced to 100 for six.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, played one of his signature dogged innings as he stemmed the rot with an unbeaten 29 off 37 balls but the total was definitely sub-par in the end.
The best partnership was 55 for the second wicket between Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli (24, 17 balls). Looking in his element, Kohli didn’t get the required elevation as he stepped out to leg-spinner Adam Zampa only to find Nathan Coulter-Nile at long-on.