Concussion substitute bowls India to victory

CANBERRA (AFP) – Concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal took three crucial wickets as India beat Australia by 11 runs to win the opening T20 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra yesterday.

Chahal came into the side after batting hero Ravindra Jadeja was ruled to have suffered concussion when he was hit on the helmet during his match-turning 44 not out.

Chahal then took the key wickets of Australian captain Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Matthew Wade as Australia fell short in the run chase.

“Concussion replacements are a strange thing, today it worked for us, maybe another time we wouldn’t have found a like-for-like,” Indian Captain Virat Kohli said after

the game. “He came in and bowled really well. The pitch offered him enough. We showed character to fight back.”

Indian batsman KL Rahul prepares to play a shot during their first T20 international match against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. PHOTO: AFP