India in Australia, 3 T20 International Series, 2018
Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane
Date & Time: 21 November 2018
RR: 9.94 | Australia beat India by 4 runs (D/L method)
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.
Kuldeep Yadav walks in next.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in next but he will be at the non-striker's end.
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?
Krunal Pandya walks into the pressure cooker situation. 18 needed off 9 balls.
FREE HIT TIME!
Marcus Stoinis is back into the attack. The equation is quite close. Pressure on him.
Six or a save? Has Maxi pulled off another stunner? Or has it been too late?
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.
Dinesh Karthik, who has made his image of a finisher in the recent past, walks in next. He has a big job in front. Can he deliver?
Billy Stanlake time again. 78 needed off 36 balls.
Rishabh Pant arrives.
Marcus Stoinis into the attack now.
Virat Kohli comes in now, at number 4, replacing Rahul.
Stumping appeal! Has Carey got Rahul this time? Referred upstairs again...
Is that a wicket? The LED bails are glowing... Has Rahul hit the stumps? Or has Carey dislodged the bails with his glove?
Jason Behrendorff is back on.
Stumping appeal! Has Rahul come out of the crease? Referred upstairs...
First sign of spin. Big moment for Adam Zampa.
Andrew Tye comes in now. Australia will hope he ties up the Indians. They need some control.
Lokesh Rahul comes in at number 3 but he will not be on strike as the batsmen crossed.
Billy Stanlake to bowl fire from the other end. Watch out for his pace.
We're back for the run chase. The Australian team is in a last minute huddle before taking the field. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walk out to the centre now. It's a stiff target in front of the Men in Blue. Let's see how they begin. The hosts are beginning with the pace of Jason Behrendorff. A slip in place. Here we go...