Virat Kohli urges crowd to remain silent: The Indian captain was seen gesturing to the crowd to maintain silence before the match.
The recently-held unfortunate Pulwama attacks have left a significant impact on the entire nation. In which was the first international match after the attacks in India, both the Indian and Australian cricket team observed a two-minute silence before the start of the game.
The same happened after the national anthem of both the team were sung. Being witnessed supporting a black armband was the Indian cricketers’ way of paying tribute of the martyrs of the attacks.
When the silence was being observed, a section of the crowd started chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Soon, they were joined by their fellow spectators. It was at this point in time that the Indian captain gestured the crowd to maintain silence in the stadium. Watch the video here.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2019
That’s what we love about cricket, don’t we? 🙌🏻
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) February 24, 2019
India lose first T20I by three wickets
Talking about the match, India ended up losing a nerve-wrenching thriller by three wickets on the last ball. With 0-1 down in the series, the hosts would be looking to turn the tables in the second T20I at Bengaluru on Wednesday.
After Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to field, the visitors restricted India to 127-7 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Given the low-scoring total, Australia were expected to chase it comfortably especially after the start they received.
Good effort by India to come so close to defending 126. Hopefully , they would have learnt from this experience and will be on the other side of the result ,next time in such a situation . Congratulations to Aus for holding their nerve and winning in the end. #IndvAus
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 24, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 25, 2019
However, an outstanding bowling effort by the Indian bowlers saw the match entering the last over. With bowling figures of 4-0-16-3, Jasprit Bumrah had led the Indian bowling attack really well in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni was severely criticized for his 37-ball 29 during the Indian innings. While there was lack of support from the other end, the veteran cricketer was still expected to try and up the ante.
During the post-match press conference, Dhoni’s questionable approach was defended by Bumrah who disclosed that Dhoni was just trying to take the innings deep.