The format change finally brought some cheer and the preparations for World Twenty20 got off to a perfect start for Team India. Bowlers seemed to have found their mojo back as they helped India defend their total for the first time on this tour. Australia were bowled out for 151 in 19.3 overs in a massive chase of 189. Debutant Bumrah justifies selection Debutante Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowler finishing with the figures of 3/23 to steer India to 37-run victory in the first Twenty20 international of the three-match series at Adelaide Oval. The second Twenty20 will be played at Melbourne on January 29. Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner provided Australia a blistering start, collecting 34 runs in the first three overs. Skipper MS Dhoni's ploy of giving the new ball to R Ashwin backfired as the spinner yielded in 17 runs on the back of Finch's four and a six. Warner also joined the party in the next over by hitting Nehra for boundary and a six.
Like Australia, India also made their first change in the fourth over when Bumrah, who has impressed with two wickets at the cost of 40 runs in his maiden ODI, given the new ball in the fourth over in a hope to give a breakthrough. The right-arm pacer did not disappoint his captain and gave India a vital breakthrough by dismissing Warner for 17. Warner looked for the pull on a short ball and he dragged it from outside off and was caught at mid-on by Virat Kohli.
Debutant Hardik Pandya was brought in the 8th over of the innings and started off with three wides before Finch stepped out and smacked over deep extra cover for maximum. Pandya gave 19 runs in his first over as he bowled 11-ball over with five wides in total.
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Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin led the Indian fightback with their double strike in quick succession. The floodgates opened for India when Steven Smith got a massive leading edge off Jajeda to extra cover where Kohli grabbed it safely. Ashwin struck to end Finch's exploits by trapping him in front. Finch was the highest scorer for Australia with his 33-ball 44 with studded with four fours and couple of sixes.
Earlier, Indian batting continued their dream run at Tour Down Under as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina put on 134-run stand for the third wicket to propel the visitors to 188/3 in the first Twenty20 international.