1st T20I: India Start Australia Tour With Four-Run Loss In Rain-Curtailed Match
Shikhar Dhawan's impressive 76-run knock failed to guide India past the victory line in the first T20I against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday. The hosts sealed a four-run win in a rail-curtailed match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. After opting to bowl, India restricted Australia to 158/4 in 17 overs, reduced due to rain intervention.
Failing to live up to the hype India created well before the Australia tour, Virat Kohli and team disappointed in the opening match in Brisbane. (All image courtesy: AFP, Twitter)
After being asked to bat first, Australia scored 158/4 as rain reduced the match to 17 overs per side.
Glenn Maxwell led Australia's charge, scoring a fearless knock of 46 runs off 24 balls.
Chasing a revised target of 174 runs in 17 overs, opener Dhawan gave India the necessary confidence.
Pacer Billy Stanlake dismissed Dhawan for 76 runs to dash India's hope of victory. Besides, Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each in Australia's win.
Dinesh Karthik contributed with a 13-ball 30 but no other Indian batsmen impressed much with the willow.