The Indian cricket team created history after beating Australia in the Test series and, then, they clinched a 2-1 win in the ODIs, bringing an end to their much-anticipated tour on a high. On the back of a prolific showing Down Under, the Virat Kohli-led brigade was once again tipped as favourites, when the Australian team came calling for two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five ODIs.
But, contrary to popular perception, the hosts stuttered to a narrow three-wicket loss in the first T20I against Aaron Finch's men in Visakhapatnam. Nathan Coulter-Nile's impressive figures of 3-26 and Glenn Maxwell's blistering knock of 56 runs powered Australia to a thrilling win and allowed them to take a pivotal 1-0 lead in the series.
Despite a mediocre performance with the willow that saw India posting a paltry total of 126 runs, the bowling unit did a fairly decent job to keep the hosts in the game. In the end, it boiled down to 16 runs off 12 balls when Jasprit Bumrah came to bowl the penultimate over.
With his side in dire need of his expertise, the right-arm seamer bowled arguably the best over of the match, conceding just two runs and taking two wickets. Bumrah's brilliant 19th over tilted the game in India's favour, as Australia found themselves facing at a potential defeat with 14 runs required off last six deliveries and tailenders Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson at the crease.
But, if Bumrah gave India an upper hand with an impactful over, Umesh Yadav's toothless bowling ensured all his teammate's efforts went in vain. Asked to bowl the final over, Umesh had 14 runs to defend off six deliveries against the Aussie tailenders. But, the 31-year-old failed to keep his nerve and gave away two crucial boundaries (including one off a poor full-toss) to eventually spell doom for his side.
Umesh's poor bowling display that cost India the game in Vizag attracted a lot of criticism from the fans. While some asked him to learn the art of bowling in death overs from Bumrah, others went on to label him as India's villain for the match.February 24, 2019 February 24, 2019
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