first_imgKhawaja, however, could not be contained for long as he Khawaja, however, could not be contained for long as he hammered an erring Jasprit Bumrah for four boundaries in his opening over. The Australians had their aggressive intent clear, so much so that even first change Ashwin was not spared. Finch deposited the star Indian spinner for two consecutive sixes over long on and under pressure, his next ball was wide down the leg side for five runs. Ashwins 22-run over meant Australia had raced to 53 for no loss in four overs. India badly needed a breakthrough to stop the free flow of runs and it was provided by Nehra, who had the dangerous Khawaja caught behind off a fuller ball. Ashwin, brought back in the eighth over, bounced back from a forgettable first over by having David Warner stumped to make it 73 for two. That wicket was Ashwins 50th in the format, making him the first Indian to do so. Steven Smith (2) then joined Finch in the middle but much to the delight of a vociferous crowd, he lasted only six balls two days after smashing an unbeaten 61 against Pakistan at the same venue. Yuvraj Singh, bowling his first ball of the tournament, induced a faint edge of Smiths bat as he attempted a hard slash on a flatter one. India had pulled things back considerably after leaking runs early on. Soon after, it became 100 for four in 13 overs with the fall of Finch. The odd ball keeping low also made life tougher for the batsmen. It was over to Shane Watson (18 not out) and Maxwell to provide the late flourish. Maxwell did his bit with a breezy knock which included a switch hit that went for six over cover off a full toss from Ravindra Jadeja. Big hitters are aplenty in the Australian batting line-up and in came James Faulkner (10) to support Watson. But the pitch getting slower and disciplined bowling by the Indians did not allow the powerful pair to free their arms. Nehra once again was the most economical bowler for the home team. The Australians, however, ended the innings in style courtesy Peter Nevill (10 not out), who smashed a six and four in the two balls he faced. PTI BS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img