India had considerable discussion about their top-order batting in the lead-up, but with dew and a determined bowler, they were left to evaluate their bowling options. On Tuesday, Australia won the first match of the series by a score of four wickets.

The T20 world champions didn’t panic when they had to chase 209 after openers KL Rahul (55 off 35 balls) and Hardik Pandya (71* — 30 b, 7×4, 5×6) began and ended well. For the first time, Cameron Green, who was not selected for the World Cup, will start the championship defense at home next month. With a furious 61 off 30 balls and a strike rate of 203, the towering all-rounder looked every bit the part as he set up the triumph, which was completed with four balls remaining.

Green exploited his height to set up even those deliveries that were bowled slightly short of length since India did not deploy Jasprit Bumrah. Mohammed Shami’s Covid positive caused Umesh Yadav to feel the heat in their side. The raucous Mohali crowd fell silent as Green smashed fours and sixes. Green’s power hitting caused the damage, although David Warner was rested for the series.

If Axar Patel had caught the misplay off of Hardik Pandya at deep mid-wicket, India may have put an early stop to Green’s assault. Even after leaving Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Mitchell Starc at home, Australia’s depth in the line-up was clear. Axar made up for that oversight by getting rid of Green in the 11th over. Matthew Wade and Tim David scored 22 runs off the 18th over, shattering Harshal Patel’s hopes of keeping the runs down in the last overs. Before the winning run was scored, it finished the game.

Umesh Yadav removed two wickets following successful reviews for catches, temporarily raising India’s chances. Before the dangerous Glenn Maxwell fluttered a ball behind for three, Steve Smith was out for 35 after directing a low catch to Dinesh Karthik. Wade, though, demonstrated Australia’s explosive batting prowess across the lineup with an undefeated 45 off 21.

After deciding to bowl against India in a T20I, Australia let up their highest-ever total. Axar, who returned a score of 3/17, was the only bowler to avoid punishment.