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MOHALI: Matthew Wade led his side to a four-wicket win over India after a brilliant knock by Cameron Green in the opening game of the three-match Twenty20 series in Mohali on Tuesday.
Wade’s unbeaten 45 off 21 spurred the visitors to chase down India’s mammoth 209 with four balls to spare after Australia briefly stuttered in the middle overs following quick losses.
All-rounder Cameron Green, who replaced star batsman David Warner on the tour of India, smashed a 30-ball 61 to give the visitors momentum in the opening game.
Green smashed eight fours and four sixes after the Australians lost skipper Aaron Finch for 22 in the third over.
The right-arm all-rounder put on a 70-run partnership with Steve Smith before being caught by Virat Kohli off Axar Patel.
From 35 for 25, Smith departed in the next over, followed by the wicket of Glenn Maxwell in the same over.
But Wade produced a powerful performance, hitting six fours and two sixes to help the visitors chase down the target in the 19th over.
Tim David, who made his Twenty20 debut, scored 18 off 14 balls, while Josh Inglis made 17 off 10 balls and Pat Cummins hit a match-winning four off Yuzvendra Chahal.
Patel returned figures of 3 for 17 while Umesh Yadav took 2 wickets for 27.
Australia won the toss and elected to field in the opener, with India’s Hardik Pandya smashing a blistering 71 not out to post a challenging total of 208-6 against the visitors.
Opener KL Rahul also made a half-century and Suryakumar Yadav made 46 after the hosts lost skipper Rohit Sharma for 11 and star batsman Virat Kohli for two in the powerplay.
Rahul made 55 off 35 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes, before being caught by Nathan Ellis off Josh Hazlewood at deep square leg.
Yadav hit four sixes in 25 balls before being caught behind off Green.
But Pandya increased his scoring rate further by scoring 71 in 30 innings.
The 28-year-old all-rounder scored five sixes and seven fours.
Ellis was the most successful bowler and finished with figures of three for 30.
The three-match series is being used as a warm-up for next month’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
The visitors are without leading man Mitchell Starc and all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh due to injuries.
India are looking to bounce back from their exit from the Asia Cup this month ahead of the playoffs.