International Cricket: 3rd Twenty20 Match of the 2018 Gillette T20 Series Schedule: Australia v India 1st Innings Write-Up at the Sydney Cricket Ground

by Sports Benches

Australia’s Aaron Finch went for Tails while India’s Virat Kohli chose Heads.

As a result, Finch won the toss & directed for the bat first for Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia has one change to their starting eleven with Mitchell Starc in for Jason Behrendorff.

On the other hand, India remained unchanged in their line-up.

1st Innings, First Ten Overs

Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short fired off with early patient signs regarding runs having reached 41 in the first five overs.

Both of them remained still with plenty of footwork used to justify their positive mindset.

Also, they’re able to play shots that are effective as long as they didn’t reach out.

Finch tried to go big where he may have made a mistake with the drive before Rohit Sharma dropped the catch at mid-on even with both hands.

To make matters worse, India yet to still clinch a wicket having reached the eighth over.

At last, Kuldeep Yadav captured Finch in his fourth wicket in this series where the Aussie skipper went for the sweep.

But the ball went too full with not much pace as Krunal Pandya took the catch, Australia 1-68.

Glenn Maxwell immediately took the mark from Finch’s lead with the second ball four.

Maxwell thought he originally got out in the 1st place when Kuldeep Yadav struck his left knee roll.

He may have survived the first time via the referral thanks the ball missing the stumps.

However, his team-mate didn’t escape this time around in the hands of Krunal Pandya.

D’Arcy Short had to leave when his attempted sweep hit the middle of his right pad & the stumps.

Therefore, Short left on 33 with Ben McDermott joining Maxwell in the middle.

K.Pandya added further chaos to the Australian batting order when McDermott tried to sweep into the gap.

But it may have been too early when McDermott had to leave for a duck, first ball.

1st Innings, Last Ten Overs

Maxwell continued to pile some handy runs before he had to leave on 13.

Unfortunately, Maxwell took at long on too early when he reached out for the pull shot.

Hence, that ball went towards the safe hands of Rohit Sharma as Krunal Pandya takes his 3rd wicket, Australia 4-97.

Alex Carey too made some quickfire runs on the board at 27.

But Carey’s disappointed not to continue when he whacked straight to Virat Kohli’s hands too hard at deep mid-wicket.

Not long later, Jasprit Bumrah ended Chris Lynn’s time in the middle via a sensational direct hit.

Marcus Stoinis said no while Lynn wanted the quick single as the miscommunication saw Bumrah complete Lynn’s run out on 13.

In the 19th and final over, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile stepped up and added as many runs as they can.

And Stoinis finished off Australia’s run-chase with a vacant gap towards the rope for four.

Don’t forget a wide ball mistake from Jasprit Bumrah on the same last ball.

FINAL 1st Innings Score: Australia 6-164

India needs 165 runs from 20 overs with the required run rate of 8.25 an over.

There will be a ten-minute break between two teams.

Then India will return to bat while Australia turns themselves to bowling and fielding.

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