Matthew Wade lead an incredible fightback against India after the visitors found themselves in a tricky position despite a solid start while chasing 209 in the first T20I on Tuesday in Mohali. Australia were cruising at one stage with 109/1 on the board. Soon, the scorecard turned into 145/5 as India made a surprise comeback thanks to Axar Patel scalping three while Umesh Yadav picked two in quick successions.
Then Wade happened.
Harshal Patel gave 22 runs (6, 1, 6, 1, 6, 2) in the 18th over which was followed up with another expensive over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar which yielded as many as 16 runs.
Wade ended on an unbeaten 45 off 21, an innings laced with six boundaries and two massive sixes as Australia registered their highest successful run chase against India in T20I cricket, reaching the target with four deliveries and as many wickets to spare.
Bhuvneshwar and Harshal went for a combined total of 101 (52+49) in their eight overs and irked netizens took to Twitter to express their frustration with memes and mockery.
— The Frustrated Indian (@FrustIndian) September 20, 2022
— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) September 20, 2022
Agli baar Bhuvi ko 19th over di toh teri bhi keto diet shuru karwa dunga pic.twitter.com/lKaTIt4ldr
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 20, 2022
Summary of India’s bowling. pic.twitter.com/9xXWCuGObE
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 20, 2022
— rdxrasel7 (@rdxrasel7) September 20, 2022
— Comedy Tonic Telugu (@ComedyTonic) September 20, 2022
— Pulkit🇮🇳❤️ (@pulkit5Dx) September 20, 2022
— Registanroyals (@registanroyals) September 20, 2022
— Proud Indian (@ProudIND1508) September 20, 2022
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— Goliath (@PitchingOutside) September 20, 2022
Earlier, Hardik Pandya slammed an unbeaten 71 runs off just 30 balls to help India post a massive 208/6 on the scoreboard after the first innings. The flamboyant all-rounder played with the field and scored shots all around the ground to register his highest score in T20Is. Apart from him KL Rahul also scored valuable 55 runs.