India in Australia, 3 T20 International Series, 2018

Australia vs India - 1st T20I

Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane

Date & Time: 21 November 2018

India 169/7

RR: 9.94 | Australia beat India by 4 runs (D/L method)


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c Aaron Finch (C) & b Jason Behrendorff c Aaron Finch (C) & b Jason Behrendorff 7800
Shikhar Dhawan c Jason Behrendorff & b Billy Stanlake c Jason Behrendorff & b Billy Stanlake 7642102
Lokesh Rahul stumped Adam Zampa stumped Adam Zampa 131210
Virat Kohli c Chris Lynn & b Adam Zampa c Chris Lynn & b Adam Zampa 4800
Rishabh Pant c Jason Behrendorff & b Andrew Tye c Jason Behrendorff & b Andrew Tye 201511
Dinesh Karthik c Jason Behrendorff & b Marcus Stoinis c Jason Behrendorff & b Marcus Stoinis 301341
Krunal Pandya c Glenn Maxwell & b Marcus Stoinis c Glenn Maxwell & b Marcus Stoinis 2400
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out not out 1100
Kuldeep Yadav not out not out 4110
Jasprit Bumrah
Khaleel Ahmed
Extras 12 (b 0, lb 3, w 7, nb 2)
Total 169 (7 Wkts, 17.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
35-1 (Rohit Sharma,4.1), 81-2 (Lokesh Rahul,8.2), 94-3 (Virat Kohli,10.5), 105-4 (Shikhar Dhawan,11.4), 156-5 (Rishabh Pant,15.3), 163-6 (Krunal Pandya,16.3), 163-7 (Dinesh Karthik,16.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jason Behrendorff4 0 43 1 10.75
Billy Stanlake3 0 27 1 9.00
Andrew Tye3 0 47 1 15.67
Adam Zampa4 0 22 2 5.50
Marcus Stoinis3 0 27 2 9.00

That is it from the opening T20I between Australia and India at the 'Gabba. The Aussies would have identified plenty of mistakes in this win and have plenty of areas to work around. India, on the other hand, were not far away from being at their best in this game and would focus only on improving their fielding, come the next game. Do join us for the second T20I on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 6.50 pm local (0750 GMT) from the MCG. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

ADAM ZAMPA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He's excited with the award says it's a good feeling. Hopes to be more consistent. On Kohli's wicket, Zampa says that it obviously was a big wicket and cherishes it. On dropping Dhawan off his own bowling, Zampa mentions that he was a bit nervy as he played a few shots after that. On Carey's stumping of Rahul, Adam cheekily says that he does not trust Carey behind the stumps in terms of DRS or stumping but here, he was correct.

Australian skipper, Aaron Finch says that his boys really fought hard, especially during the middle overs. On his confusion with the allotted quota of overs, Finch smiles and admits that he got confused. Stresses that he was confident that Stoinis would pull it off in the end with 12 to defend and praises him for executing his plans well. On his dropped catch by Kohli, Finch does not read too much into it.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that they always get good support in this part of the world and calls it a great atmosphere. Adds that the team enjoyed this game, which was a close one. Admits that it was a see-saw game, with India bowling well initially but then Maxwell and Stoinis bringing the Aussies back. Adds further that they started well with the bat and it seemed like they would win but the Aussies held their nerves. Admits that they fumbled in the middle overs but Rishabh and Karthik brought them close. Praises Shikhar Dhawan for his positive and clear mindset and game play and has a word of praise for Dinesh Karthik as well. On him personally not having a great outing, Kohli modestly agrees and with a smiling face says he will learn from the game and will try to do better in the next match. States that India do not have too much time to think about the loss and can brush this off quickly and turn up refreshed for the next game.

Enter Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. Nothing to lose. The duo had a magnificent partnership of 51 from 24 balls, which revived the game. The 25-run over from Andrew Tye in the 14th opened the game big time but then, the seamer bounced back with the wicket of Pant and Stoinis closed it out in the final over. Too close to call - small moments here and there could have won the game for either side and Australia capitalized when it mattered the most. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

India started gingerly, losing Rohit early but Dhawan kept them in the hunt. He was losing partners at the other end but till he was there in the middle, the visitors were in with a shout. Then came that spell from Adam Zampa - which saw Kohli and Rahul getting dismissed, followed by the Dhawan's wicket. At that stage, India needed 69 from 32 balls and it was virtually over. Or not?

A game which had plenty of twists and turns. Australia started slowly, but then Lynn, Maxwell and Stoinis were powering the hosts to a big total before the rain came bucketing down. That seemed to take the momentum away from the home side but when the revised DLS target was disclosed, 174 from 17 overs, Australia did seem to have the advantage.

A nervy win for Australia. The players are excited and overjoyed but coach Justin Langer looks stern in the dressing room. The Aussies nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. What a thriller in the end.

M Stoinis to K Yadav, FOUR! It will be a boundary but it does not matter. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 4 RUNS (DLS METHOD)! A short ball, in line of the stumps, Kuldeep backs away and pulls it over short fine leg for a boundary, just evading a leaping short fine leg.
M Stoinis to B Kumar, Well, if the last ball is not a wide or a no ball, Australia have this in the bag. A short ball outside off, Kumar mistimes it in the air and even though deep mid-wicket cannot get to it, only a single is taken. 9 needed from the final ball.
M Stoinis to B Kumar, WIDE. Technically, India are still in it. Bhuvi jumps down the track and Stoinis bowls it short and wide outside off. The batsman cannot reach and it is wided.

Kuldeep Yadav walks in next.

M Stoinis to D Karthik, OUT! Back-to-back wickets for Stoinis and he is on a hat-trick! Wow. Read that again. Stoinis on a hat-trick. A length ball outside off, again pace taken off, Karthik looks to swat it over the off side but cannot quite clear the man in the deep. Third catch for Jason Behrendorff tonight. Excellent knock from Karthik though. 11 needed from 2 now.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in next but he will be at the non-striker's end.

M Stoinis to K Pandya, OUT! Caught but this could be a blessing in disguise for India. 11 needed from 3 but it is Dinesh Karthik on strike. A full ball on middle, slower in pace, Pandya swings hard but mistimes it towards long on. Glenn Maxwell comes charging in, dives forward and takes a very good catch. Is pumped up with that. India will not mind it too much. Krunal was struggling. A boundary here and the visitors will be back in the game.
M Stoinis to K Pandya, WIDE NOT GIVEN! Is that a harsh call on the batsman? Stoinis smiles. Full toss wide outside off, Krunal reaches out to drive but misses. Replays show that the ball was outside the wide guidelines and Australia seem to have gotten away with that one. 11 needed from 4...
M Stoinis to K Pandya, A slower short ball outside off, Pandya mistimes his swing towards long on for a couple. 11 needed from 5 now.

Marcus Stoinis to continue. 13 off 6. It cannot get closer than this. Karthik has shown good form while Stoinis has taken a beating. Krunal will be on strike. Can MS bowl a few dots?

A Tye to D Karthik, FOUR! Crucial boundary! Karthik walks across his stumps again and Tye bowls it full and wide outside off. No problems for Karthik as he clubs it wide of long on for a boundary!
A Tye to D Karthik, A length ball wide outside off, Dinesh slashes but misses.
A Tye to K Pandya, A good slower bouncer, down the leg side, Pandya is early into the pull and takes his eyes off the ball. Is hit on the helmet and the ball goes towards short fine leg. A leg bye taken.

Krunal Pandya walks into the pressure cooker situation. 18 needed off 9 balls.

A Tye to R Pant, OUT! Caught! Against the run of play, Tye gets a wicket. Or rather, Pant has given it away. Absolutely no need for this shot. A low full toss, Rishabh looks to play the reverse paddle but spoons this high in the air. Jason Behrendorff barely has to move an inch as he takes it calmly at point. Big wicket for Australia. The quickfire stand is broken.
A Tye to D Karthik, Works this low full toss through mid-wicket for a run.
A Tye to D Karthik, WIDE! 50-RUN STAND IS UP IN JUST 22 BALLS! A potentially match-winning partnership for India. What a counter-punch. It has come at a time when we felt that the game was done and dusted after Dhawan's dismissal. Once again, DK walks well across his stumps and the bowler bowls it wide outside off. 19 needed from 11 now.
A Tye to D Karthik, FOUR! WHAM! Early boundary in the over! Full and wide outside off, Karthik walks into the shot and blasts it wide of mid off and cover for a boundary!
M Stoinis to D Karthik, 150 UP FOR INDIA! 24 needed from 2 overs. India's game to lose from here with the Aussies struggling with the wet ball. Short and outside off, DK reaches out and flays it through point for a run. 11 from the over, 36 from the last 2!
M Stoinis to R Pant, Nothing much on the Free Hit. A length ball outside off, Rishabh is early into his slash and mistimes it towards long off for a run.
M Stoinis to R Pant, NO BALL! The ball is wet and is slippery. India will not mind. Problems for Australia. A high full toss, trying to keep Pant in his crease as he comes down the track but is then left alone. It goes past his chest, towards the keeper.


M Stoinis to D Karthik, Full and wide outside off, pace taken off, Dinesh reaches out to drive but gets a thick outside edge which cannot go past Chris Lynn at short third man. A run taken.
M Stoinis to D Karthik, FOUR! Great shot from Karthik! Walks down the track, goes across and whip-flicks it behind square leg! The fielder runs in to his right in the deep, dives but in vain! 28 needed from 15 deliveries!
M Stoinis to R Pant, A short ball, slogged towards long on for a single. There is a poor throw to the keeper, almost goes past short third man, but it is saved.
M Stoinis to R Pant, Full and outside off, Pant reaches out and slogs, slicing it over point for a couple.

Marcus Stoinis is back into the attack. The equation is quite close. Pressure on him.

A Tye to D Karthik, IT IS A SIX! Great effort from Maxwell, but a little too late. 25 runs from the over and this game is wide open again. 35 needed from the final 3 overs. A high full toss, around off, Dinesh gets down and across and slaps it over wide long on. Like he did against the Proteas, it seems like Glenn Maxwell has taken control of the catch. He is airborne, takes the catch but is out of the boundary. He then tries to throw it in but by the time, he makes contact with the ground. It is referred upstairs but replays confirm the worst for Maxi and Australia. What a pounding for Tye!

Six or a save? Has Maxi pulled off another stunner? Or has it been too late?

A Tye to D Karthik, FOUR! Edged away! Full and wide outside off, Karthik slashes hard and gets a thick outside edge, through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence!
A Tye to D Karthik, WIDE! Second one of the over! Pressure on the bowler. Karthik walks across his sticks and Tye bowls it wide outside off. It ends up being too wide outside off.
A Tye to D Karthik, Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a brace.
A Tye to R Pant, Banged in short, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
A Tye to R Pant, WIDE. A slower bouncer, outside leg, Rishabh looks to pull but misses. Carey collects and appeals, so does Tye but the umpire patiently waits for the appeals to die down and then calmly signals a wide. 49 needed from 22 balls now.
A Tye to R Pant, FOUR! Ordinary bowling. Length delivery at this stage, clubbed wide of long on for a boundary.
A Tye to R Pant, SIX! Terrific shot! A loosener to start, full and down the leg side. Pant takes maximum toll, swinging it miles over fine leg! 54 needed from 23 balls now! Pant moves to 11 from 8 deliveries. The stand is worth 15 from 9 balls.

Billy Stanlake returns. Hang on. Finch is informed by the umpires that Stanlake cannot bowl as only 2 bowlers can bowl 4 overs tonight. Behrendorff and Zampa have already done that. Andrew Tye is given the ball. 1-0-12-0 so far.

A Zampa to R Pant, Good thinking. RP takes a couple of steps down the track and Zampa fires it outside off, that too, a googly. Pant is early into his attempted cover drive and mistimes it towards cover. A run taken. Tremendous finish by Zampa - just 5 runs from his final over - 4-0-22-2.
A Zampa to D Karthik, Full and outside off, slogged to deep mid-wicket for a run.
A Zampa to R Pant, Full and outside off, again, Rishabh is looking to go too hard and mistimes his shot to long off for a single.
A Zampa to R Pant, Has a mighty swing to this one but gets lesser power. Finds the gap though, between long on and mid-wicket and earns a brace.
A Zampa to R Pant, A short ball, down the leg side, Pant looks to pull but misses. The ball hits his pads.