A sloppy India failed to get an ideal start to the Australia tour, losing the rain-hit opening T20 International by four runs at the Gabba, today. India first faltered in the field, letting Australia score 158 for four after rain shortened the contest to 17 overs a side.
Glenn Maxwell was the star batsman for Australia, hammering 46 runs off 24 balls. The 45 minute rain stoppage meant India were set a revised target of 174 runs in 17 overs. Australia have managed to keep their nerves and register a 4-run win. Kuldeep hit a boundary on the last ball of the over but by then India had lost the match. Australia go 1-0 up in the three match series.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a sublime 76 off 42 balls in the run chase before Dinesh Karthik came up with a pulsating 30 off 13 balls towards the end but India still finished agonisingly short on 169 for seven.
It was a morale boosting win for Australia, who have endured a dismal run of late in limited overs cricket. The second match of the three-match series will be played in Melbourne on Friday. Dhawan and Rahul put on 46 runs for the second wicket, but it was mostly down to the left-hander’s belligerence. He hit ten fours and two sixes overall, and reached his ninth T20I half-century off only 28 balls.