With a good display of cricket on the field and some luck riding their way, Australia beat India in the first Twenty20 international by 4 runs and fans aren't happy.
Batting first, Australia won themselves an advantage via Duckworth-Lewis and rain delay. Glenn Maxwell hit four maximums in a quick-fire innings of 46 (24), while Marcus Stoinis did the damage later adding 33 off 19 deliveries to the Aussie total. The hosts put up a score of 158/4 in 17 overs. This is when D/L method came into play and gave them a much-needed boost of 15 runs. 174 read the revised target.
In response, Shikhar Dhawan opened solidly, accumulating 76 off 42 deliveries, but Stoinis' all-round effort and Adam Zampa's miserly spell helped Australia overcome a stiff Indian challenge in a thrilling encounter and win despite scoring 'fewer' runs than the visitors.
The final scorecard read:
Australia: 158/4 (17 overs)
India: 169/7 (17 overs)
Australia's victory was fair by all means but Indian Twitterati weren't much amused by the Duckworth-Lewis Method as India ended up losing the match despite scoring 11 runs 'more' than the Aussies.
India scoring more than Australia yet losing. Australia ke score par laga GST bhaari pad gaya. But a good thrilling game to start the series.#AUSvIND— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 21, 2018
What a wierd score card. The team which scored 11 runs more loses the match by 4 runs.. Now make sense out of that #DuckworthLewis #INDvsAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/mBIUTrEc9b— Prakashblr (@Prakash2007) November 21, 2018
Many were left scratching their heads.
Please explain why Australia was given extra runs for free to compensate for the 3 overs they couldn't play and India still had to play only 17 overs!!! #Aussiecheats #AUSvIND #AusvIndOnSonyTen3 #Australiancheats— Krishna (@krishnakataki) November 21, 2018