Published: Sun, February 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India vs Australia 1st T20: Australia beat India in last ball thriller

India vs Australia 1st T20: Australia beat India in last ball thriller

India lost their first T20 global against Australia by 3 wickets in Visakhapatnam.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the first batsman to accumulate 500 runs against Australia in the shortest format of the game when he scored 12 runs against the same opposition during the first T20I in Vishakhapatnam. But Umesh Yadav's expensive final over undid all that hard work to hand Australia the win. But, Yuzvendra Chahal struck to dismiss the set Aussie for 56 runs from 43 balls.

Maxwell strode to the crease at 5-2 following the dismissals of Finch and Marcus Stoinis, who was promoted to open alongside D'Arcy Short in a rejigged side that included Peter Handscomb's shock selection as wicketkeeper.

Put into bat, KL Rahul's half-century on comeback had India cruising but another middle order collapse meant India were restricted to just 126/7 in 20 overs.

The two teams are playing a pair of T20s before a five-match ODI series, which will serve as a crucial tune-up for the World Cup.

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Australia, meanwhile, handed a T20I debut to Peter Handscomb, who will also keep wicket. MS Dhoni was the second highest run scorer for India with his 37-ball 29.

TheIndian cricket team skipper was able to achieve the milestone in the fifth over of the encounter as he slammed Nathan Coulter Nile for a four through mid-wicket as India tried to steady the innings after losing Rohit Sharma.

Rahul however could not convert his start and got out immediately after reaching his fifty in an over where Coulter-Nile (3/26) also breached Dinesh Karthik's defence with an off-cutter.

Australia are bowling first in the first T20 worldwide with rookie India's leg-spinner Mayank Markande set for global debut.

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