The Aussies claim a thrilling victory by pulling off a historic run chase against the men in blue. Australia’s successful chase was the ninth-highest run chase in the history of T20 cricket. The Aussies already hold the record for the highest run chase of 243/6 against New Zealand back in 2018.
The thrilling run chase at Mohali was the second-highest chase ever by any team on Indian soil. Aaron Finch and his boys showcased a pure class and tremendous efforts to successfully reach the gigantic Indian total.
Skipper Aaron Finch (22) and young all-rounder Cameron Green (61) gave the Aussies the headstart for the chase, whereas, the senior experienced Steve Smith (35) and Mathew Wade (45*) confirmed the team a thrilling yet confirmed win in the first game of the T20 series against the host India.
HARDIK GUIDES INDIA TO A BIG TOTAL
Despite losing both the top order (skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli) early in the game, India made a massive comeback with the bat scoring big on the scorecard. While KL Rahul (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) stabilised the innings after Kohli’s departure, the star all-rounder Hardik Pandya ensured India a massive total of 208/6 in the first twenty overs.
With an incredible strike rate of 236.66, Hardik Pandya scored 71 off just 30 balls with seven fours and five biggies.
MATHEW WADE COMMITS TO TAKE AUSSIES OVER THE LINE
Aussies had a massive total to chase against the host and definitely it wasn’t easy at all. While the skipper Finch, Green and Steve Smith contributed fairly to the team, it was Mathew Wade who confirmed the victory.
After losing the middle order, the match looked inclined towards the Indian side. However, the wicket-keeper and finisher Wade played an extraordinary innings by scoring 45 not out off just 21 balls to help the Aussies make the historic run chase also having four balls left to be bowled.
The 34-year-old clearly showed that he can still take matters into his hands and we all know how willingly he commits to that.