Sanju Samson catch: Steve Smith continues to prove that he is a very good ODI batsman and a legendary test batsman but a pretty ordinary T20 batsman. He was in dream form in the ODI series but all those “found his hands” concept seems to be a bogus.
He was in pathetic form in IPL as he failed consistently throughout the season except for some odd knocks here and there. It was expected to be an aberration after his dream ODI series but time and again his T20 returns are disappointing to say the least.
Australia had a very good start to their innings chasing 162 runs and they managed to score 53 runs in the first 6 overs. It was expected that they would run away with the game but Yuzvendra Chahal broke the game wide open by dismissing the dangerous looking Australian captain Aaron Finch.
The wicket of Aaron Finch brought Steve Smith to the crease and another freak show was expected from Steve Smith but the shortest format of the game requires different skillsets which Steve Smith finds it difficult to master it. He was quite unusual for one more time as he would look in all T20s and he finally perished to Yuzvendra Chahal courtesy a magnificent diving catch by Sanju Samson.
After a strong start, Australia never got going in the middle overs and wickets in regular intervals helped India to keep the run rate in check. The debutant T Natarajan was top tier with his executions and scalped the big fish Glenn Maxwell. He also dismissed a well set D Arcy Short and Mitchell Starc towards the end of the innings.
Though, India won the game, there are a few loopholes in this T20I setup and they should concentrate on those things as there is every possibility that this win might mask those things.