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India recorded their highest successful run-chase in T20Is as they defeated Australia by two wickets in the opening match of the series in Visakhapatnam. The Men in Blue chased down a mammoth target of 209 in 19.5 overs on Thursday, November 23 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Their previous highest run-chase was against the West Indies back in December 2019 when they tracked down 208 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. It was also the fifth time that India successfully chased down a target of above 200 in T20Is.

After being put in to bat first, Australia racked up a massive score of 208 for the loss of three wickets. Ravi Bishnoi got the early wicket of Matthew Short, but Steve Smith and Josh Inglis made sure they dictated terms to the Indian



bowlers.

Smith and Inglis put on 130 runs for the second wicket off 11.1 overs. Steve was circumspect as he scored 52 runs off 41 balls with eight fours before getting run out.

Inglis, on the other hand, raced to his fifty off 29 balls after which he raced to his maiden T20I half-century off 47 balls. He also equalled Aaron Finch’s record for the fastest T20I hundred by an Australian batter.

Inglis ended up scoring 110 runs off 50 balls with 11 fours and eight sixes before Prasidh Krishna eventually accounted for his wicket. Tim David threw his bat at everything to stay not out on 19 runs off 13 balls.

Krishna and Bishnoi got one wicket apiece, but they leaked 104 runs off their eight overs. Mukesh Kumar was their most economical bowler with figures of 4-0-29-0.
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