Adelaide: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja stepped into the record books with his unbeaten quickfire 23-ball 44 runs knock against Australia in the first T20I at Manuka Oval in Adelaide.
Jadeja slammed five fours and a six to take Team India to a challenging 161/7 in 20 overs.
With his 44*-run knock, the left-hander now holds the record of highest T20I score for India at no 7. He surpassed former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was who scored 38 runs in 18 balls vs England at the Wankhede in 2012.
In the third ODI as well, the 31-year-old played a perfect second fiddle to Hardik Pandya with a knock of 66 runs off 50 balls. He treaded carefully against the spinners and then launched an attack on the pacers in the last 5 overs. Later, Jadeja also took an important wicket of a set Aaron Finch as Australia fell 13 runs short of India’s total.
On the back of Jadeja’s heroics with the bat, and a disciplined bowling performance, India set a brilliant comeback to win the first ODI. The action moves back to the SCG for the next two T20Is before the Test series takes attention.