Australia takes 1-0 lead with close finish

Australia won the first game of the three-match T20I series by beating India by 4 runs under D/L method in the rain affected game.

Maxwell played aggressive innings

India have started their long tour to Australia with the first T20I game of the three-match T20I series in Brisbane in a losing cause after so much dramas in the last four overs of the Indian innings.

Indian captain Virat Kohli who took the responsibility after a rest in the last series of India won the toss and elected to bowl first in a typical Gabba pitch that had a considerable amount of grass cover too.

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Indian bowlers started well off with the new ball against the hosts. Khaleel Ahmed dismissed D’Arcy Short in the very first ball he bowled in the Australian soil in his International career. And Indian bowlers managed to get a hold in the powerplay overs.

But the story changed as the match progressed. Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal Pandya easily gave runs to the hosts’ batsmen. Chris Lynn started the acceleration process of host’s innings with 37 runs from 20 balls.

Following him Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis took the Australians to driver seat. At one stage Australia were 153/3 in 16.1 overs. Rain interrupted the game at that point and play stopped for nearly an hour.

The game was revised as a 17 overs game because of that and Australia faced only five balls post rain interruption and put up 158 on the board. India were asked to chase 174 runs according to the D/L method.

But the visitors didn’t get the desired start as Rohit Sharma went cheaply for only seven runs. Following his wicket, KL Rahul who came at no.3 and skipper Virat Kohli also returned without scoring enough runs for the chase.

On the other end, Shikhar Dhawan registered his first half-century against Australia in the format and dismissed on 76. Following Dhawan’s wicket, the required run rate climbed up to 15. Dinesh Karthik and Rishab Pant rebuilt the chase and slowly dropped down the required rate.

Rishab Pant went out on 20 in the 16th over going for a false reverse sweep shot. In the last over, India needed 13 runs but unfortunately, they lost the wickets of Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik in the last over.

In the end, Australia won the match by 4 runs. Marcus Stoinis was the key for the hosts with his slower ones and took two wickets. Like him, Adam Zampa controlled the flow of runs in the middle overs with the wickets of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.

WIth this win Australia lead the three-match T20I series 1-0. Adam Zampa was awarded as the man of the match for his much-needed breakthroughs.

Watch the thrilling final over here

Australia: 158/4 (17)
Glenn Maxwell 46, Chris Lynn 37
Kuldeep Yadav 2/24, Jasprit Bumrah 1/21

India: 169/7 (17)
Shikhar Dhawan 76, Dinesh Karthik 30
Adam Zampa 2/22, Marcus Stoinis 2/27

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