Virat Kohli gestured the crowd to stay quiet during the two-minute silence for Pulwama martyrs
India lost the game in the last-ball thriller.
Updated - Feb 25, 2019 11:27 am
There were chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ in Vizag on Sunday as the emotionally charged up crowd was backing their team which was taking the field for the first time since the Pulwama attack on February 14. The nation was shocked after the incident and the outrage has been severe against Pakistan over the same. Before the start of the first T20I, both the teams, India and Australia, observed a two-minute silence for the martyred soldiers and showed respect to them.
Moreover, the Men in Blue also wore the black arm-band as a tribute to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the dastard attack. The two-minute silence was observed after the national anthem of both countries were played. The crowd was also ecstatic during the same. But when the tribute was being paid, the spectators were making the noise in the Stadium after which the Indian captain Virat Kohli was seen gesturing them to stay quiet.
While it is not known whether the crowd saw his gesture, Kohli’s awareness has to be praised here and as a captain, he has led from the front again.
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India lose a last-ball thriller
As far as the game is concerned, Team India lost the first game of the T20I series once again which has become a norm nowadays as they make a comeback later in the series. After being put in to bat first, they could only post 126 runs on the board for the loss of seven wickets thanks to a collapse in the middle over.
If not for MS Dhoni, the team couldn’t have played their full quota of 20 overs as well. Though the veteran couldn’t add much to the total as he struggled to the middle during his unbeaten 29 off 37 balls.
Australia were always the favourites in the chase. They were cruising at one stage at 89/2 and then suddenly collapsed to 113/7 needing 14 runs off the last over. However, the duo of Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson batted well to help the team get over the line and take a lead in the series.