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India win first T20 after substitute controversy

India has claimed the first Twenty20 international against Australia, winning by 11 runs at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday night.

44 runs from the last three overs of their batting innings proved decisive for India, the match not without controversy with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja substituted out of the match with concussion after blazing a 23 ball 44.

Jadeja was struck by a bouncer in the final over, top edging the ball in to his helmet from the bowling of Mitchell Starc after appearing to suffer a hamstring injury in the over previous.

Jadeja was the substituted out of the game in the innings break with concussion, having received no treatment for his head knock during his stay at the crease.

Australian coach Justin Langer was seen in a heated discussion with match referee and former Test team mate David Boon, clearly unhappy with the decision to allow Yuzvendra Chahal to replace Jadeja for the Indian bowling innings.

India's total of 7-161 proved to be enough, KL Rahul complementing Jadeja's late cameo with 51 opening the innings.

Regular wickets kept Australia on top before the final assault in the late overs, Moises Henriques with 3-22 from four overs and Mitchell Starc finding some form with 2-34.

Australia got off to a good start thanks to Aaron Finch, adding 56 with D'Arcy Short who found the going more difficult as he struggled for fluency.

Finch appeared to suffer a leg injury during his innings, perishing to super sub Chahal for 35.

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell both fell cheaply, Henriques keeping the chase alive with 30 from 20 balls.

Short made 34 but never got going, having faced 38 balls by the time he struck T Natarajan down the throat of long on.

Deepak Chahar trapped Henriques in front as the chase lost momentum, Chahal and Natarajan with three wickets each as India won a hard fought match by 11 runs.

The result gives Virat Kohli's side a 1-0 lead ahead of the second match of the T20 series, which is at the SCG on Sunday.


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