Rahul, Pandya take India to 208/6 in first T20I against Australia

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant are not playing this game for India

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant are not playing this game for India

Hardik Pandya (71 not out) and KL Rahul (55) scored brilliant half-centuries to help India post 208 for six against Australia in the first T20 International series in Mohali on 20 September.

Invited to bat, Rahul (55 off 35 balls) scored his second successive half-century which included four fours and three sixes.

On the other hand, the in-form Pandya stunned the visiting bowlers with an unbeaten knock of 71 not out off 30 balls.

The all-rounder hit the ball seven times over the fence and five times over it and took India past the 200-run mark.

Suryakumar also played a valuable innings of 46 runs in 25 balls.

For Australia, medium pacer Nathan Ellis was the 3/30 bowler’s choice.

Brief Scores: India 208/6 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 71 not out, KL Rahul 55; Nathan Ellis 3/30, Josh Hazlewood 2/39) vs Australia.

Teams: India: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Greene, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.