India beat Australia to win 1st T20 – T Natrajan registers Dream Debut : The fairy tale journey of T.Natrajan is continuing. From obscurity to first sensational IPL 2020 and now successful debut games with both India’s ODI & T20 teams, without any doubt the India pacer T. Natarajan is having the time of his life.
After a brilliant ODI debut, the left-arm bowler made a remarkable T20I debut and bagged three wickets against Australia in the opening T20I which the Men in Blue won by 11 runs to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Natarajan picked three wickets for 30 runs from his four to help India defend 162-run target.
The Tamil Nadu pacer, whose nerves had eased after a decent ODI debut, was right on the money and got one to straighten catching Glenn Maxwell plumb in-front.
If that wasn’t enough, Natarajan snuffed out a frustrated D’arcy Short (34 off 38 balls) to make it 113 for 4 and India didn’t have to look back from then on.
Notably, Natarajan recently made his ODI debut in the third game against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra and India skipper Virat Kohli handed the cap to the 29-year-old bowler before the match. In his debut game, he returned figures of 2-70 in his ten overs including a maiden.
He bagged two crucial wickets of Marcus Labuschagne and Ashton Agar and derailed Australia’s run-chase as India registered a 13-run win in the final ODI and opened their account in the ODI Super League while Australia took the series 2-1.
The speedster from Tamil Nadu gained popularity in the latest edition of Indian Premier League where he was labelled as the ‘yorker machine’. Natarajan played for Kings XI Punjab and bagged 16 wickets in as many games in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league.
Meanwhile, in the first T20I, Yuzvendra Chahal — brought in as concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja — took the stage by storm with ball in hand and finished with match-winning figures of 3/25.
Chahal dismissed two form men — Aaron Finch (35) and Steve Smith (12) — in his first two overs to turn the game on its head and later the leggie removed Matthew Wade (7) to extend’s India’s domination in the game.
Earlier, KL Rahul (51) and Ravindra Jadeja (unbeaten 44 off 23 balls) guided India to a respectable 161/7 in their 20 overs.