India and Australia locked horns with each other in a high intense and exhilarating first T20I of the five-match series at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday, November 24. In a nail-biting encounter that kept fans on the edge of their seats, the Men in Blue emerged victorious by two wickets in a last-over thriller.

Amidst the intense action and brilliant performances, one incident took center stage was Marcus Stoinis mocking Yashasvi Jaiswal with a devilish laugh after a mix-up with Ruturaj Gaikwad that eventually led to right-handed batter’s run-out.

Australia’s explosive innings

Asked to bat first, Australia’s innings was marked by outstanding individual performances, with Steven Smith contributing 52 runs off 41 balls, and the explosive Josh Inglis stealing the show with a sensational century, amassing 110 runs off just 50 deliveries, including 11 fours and 8 sixes. The Australian batsmen demonstrated their prowess on a batting-friendly surface, putting the Indian bowlers under pressure.

Early setbacks for India: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s mix-up

In reply, India faced early setbacks in their chase as Gaikwad departed for a diamond duck due to a mix-up with Yashasvi Jaiswal. The turning point occurred on the fifth ball of the first over when Stoinis produced a slower short ball, pulled wide of fine leg to Yashasvi. What followed was a bizarre mix-up between the two as Yashasvi attempted for a risky second run after a single before turning back at the last moment that led to Gaikwad’s run-out.

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Marcus Stoinis mocks Yashasvi with a devilish laugh

Seizing the opportunity, Stoinis couldn’t resist mocking Yashasvi with a devilish laugh, adding a touch of drama to the already intense contest. The video of Stoinis’ gesture soon went viral on the internet.

Here’s the video:

The resilient fightback from India

Despite the early setback, India found saviors in Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. Kishan’s brisk 58 runs off 39 balls and Yadav’s aggressive 80 runs off 42 balls formed a stellar partnership that resurrected the innings. Yadav’s calculated innings, featuring 9 fours and 4 sixes, played a pivotal role in India’s successful chase. The team showcased nerves of steel, reaching the target with just 1 ball and two wickets to spare in a nail-biting finish.

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