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Concussion substitute causes stir as India defeat Australia in first Twenty20

India defeated Australia by 11 runs in the first Twenty20 International but the use of Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Ravindra Jadeja caused quite a stir at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday.

Jadeja played a crucial 23-ball cameo of 44 pushing India to a challenging 161-7 in 20 overs but the left hander didn’t return to bowl after suffering concussion during the final over of the innings. Yuzvendra Chahal came in as the concussion substitute and turned the game around for India with the figures of 3-25 from four overs as Australia were restricted to 150-7.

Australian coach Justin Langer seemed unhappy over the concussion replacement of a player who continued to bat without any medican attention after being hit on the helmet. The Australians were also unhappy for bringing in Chahal, ideally not a like-to-like concussion substitute for Jadeja.

According to the ICC concussion substitution rules, a player suffering concussion can only be replaced by the like-to-like replacement after the medical team recommends following an assessment. While Jadeja is an allrounder, Chahal is a pure leg spinner and bats at No 11.

Man-of-the-match Chahal returned the figures of 3-25.

India, however, didn’t have any close like-to-like replacement with batsman Mayank Agaral and seamer Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini on the bench for spinner Jadeja.

But with Chahal already approved by match referee David Boon, the leggie halted Australian march from position where they were cruising towards victory. D’Archy Short, playing in for injured David Warner, and captain Aaron Finch gave a strong start to the hosts with a free flowing half century partnership.

Chahal stepped in and got rid of Finch and Steven Smith (12) before other bowlers also played their part. T Natarajan marked a brilliant debut removing Glenn Maxwell (two) and from there on Australia began to struggle. Natarajan also dismissed Short before Chahal took care of Matthew Wade (seven).

Left arm seamer T Natarajan had a sensational debut with the figures of 3-30.

Moises Henriques (30 off 20) had a couple of lusty blows only to be trapped leg before by an inswinging delivery from Deepak Chahar. Finch made 35 from 26 hitting five fours and a six, while Short made a 38-ball 34. Natarajan took 3-30 for India.

Earlier, KL Rahul did the bulk of scoring in a 37-run stand with skipper Virat Kohli (nine) and 38-run partnership with Sanju Samson (23 off 15) but India were still struggling at 114-6 by the 17th over.

Jadeja continued his form from the last One Day International between the two sides and changed the game smashing Josh Hazlewood for 22 runs in the penultimate over. He struck two more boundaries off Starc in the final over after edging one short bowl into his helmet.

Rahul made a 40-ball 51 while hitting five fours and a six. Henriques had an allround day picking up 3-22 and Starc took 2-34.

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