India vs Australia, Highlights, 1st T20I at Brisbane, Full Cricket Score: Aussies register 4-run win in thrilling match

India vs Australia, Highlights, 1st T20I at Brisbane, Full Cricket Score: Aussies register 4-run win in thrilling match

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That's all we have got in today's coverage as Australia clinch a narrow win. The next T20I is at The G on Friday. Do tune in for all the coverage. The match starts at 1:20 pm IST. The blog will be up by 12 pm so do join us. Till then its a goodbye.

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Aaron Finch, Australia captain: The boys did very well, especially in the middle-overs with the bat. Then bowlers did well. I was very confident with Stoinis in the side. He had clear plans and executed it well.

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Zampa: Really good feeling. It was a big wicket. Virat being the player he is, just thought he was a big wicket at the time. Getting him out, I was really excited. Never trust Carey with his decisions behind the stumps, with his DRS decisions. He got this one right.

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Adam Zampa is the Player of the Match for his 2/22 in 4 overs

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Kohli, India captain: Lot of Indians came to support us. Great atmosphere and a stadium to play. Close game, exciting game for everyone to watch. See-saw battle you can. We bowled really well Marcus and Maxi brought them back. Started well with the bat, fumbled in the middle overs, in the end we thought we'll win with Pant and Karthik but it changed again with Pant's dismissal. At the top of the order he is very good. If he gets going he can really get some big scores. Hasn't got a T20 hundred yet, but the way he plays it really benefits the team. That's how it goes in the game. What we can do is learn from them and get back better. On the day, if we can have three-four guys to stand up for the team, that's what we want. Don't have much time to think of things, which can be a good thing as well as a bad thing. You just move on to the next game.

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Top game to kickstart the long tour of India Down Under. Australia lost their way in with the bat in the middle period with the bat only to brought back into the game with a rapid 70-odd stand between Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis before rain halted play, reducing it to a 17-over affair. In reply Dhawan bolted his way to another fine half-century despite losing Rohit Sharma early. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli didn't hang long, as Australia tightened their grip. Karthik and Pant with some big-hitting especially that 25-run over off Tye helped India make a late back door entry. So much  so that they brought the equation down to 13 runs off the final over. Stoinis held his nerve sealing Australia's first win in last five outings. A wake up call for the visitors, who entered the fixture as 'favourites'.

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Did you know?

When Dinesh Karthik remains unbeaten in T20I chases, his team wins (8 out of 8 times) and when he doesn't, his team loses (3 out of 3 times).

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

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Game over. Pant's dismissal changed momentum finally and the rest was too much for Karthik alone. Fielding the difference between the two sides, and it doesn't even feel an upset really. India weren't outplayed, just there were too many mistakes on the field and they paid a price for it. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist at The Gabba

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Australia win a thriller by 4 runs (DLS method) at The Gabba to lead the three-match series 1-0

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OUT! BIG WICKET! Is that the game! Stoinis' slower delivery once again does the trick. Karthik goes with a flat bat and hits it straight to long off. The ball sticks into the ground and almost never rises. Spongy bounce there.

Karthik c Behrendorff b Stoinis 30(13)

Highlights

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Latest updates: Live Cricket score - Top game to kickstart the long tour of India Down Under. Australia lost their way in with the bat in the middle period with the bat only to brought back into the game with a rapid 70-odd stand between Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis before rain halted play, reducing it to a 17-over affair. In reply Dhawan bolted his way to another fine half-century despite losing Rohit Sharma early. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli didn't hang long, as Australia tightened their grip. Karthik and Pant with some big-hitting especially that 25-run over off Tye helped India make a late back door entry. So much  so that they brought the equation down to 13 runs off the final over. Stoinis held his nerve sealing Australia's first win in last five outings. A wake up call for the visitors, who entered the fixture as 'favourites'.

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Preview: Thanks to the turmoil – both on and off the field – facing by the hosts, India will start as the firm favourites when they face Australia in the first of the three Twenty20 International matches on Wednesday at Brisbane.

India have won their previous seven T20I series dating back to November 2017, and its last defeat in the format was against West Indies in July last year. Not to mention, on their last visit here, the Men in Blue won the T20I series 3-0. So, they will be riding high on a wave of confidence and eager to make an early mark on this trip.

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch, captain of India and Australia respectively. Twitter @ICC

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch, captain of India and Australia respectively. Twitter @ICC

Australian cricket, in contrast, has been dogged by structural reform in the wake of the ball-tampering saga in South Africa in March and it has resulted in turbulence on the field as well.

Only on Tuesday, Cricket Australia ruled out reducing the bans of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in reply to a plea submission from the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA).

In the absence of Smith and Warner, Australia's results have fallen off a cliff. Since the ban, they are yet to win a T20I series against an opposition of note since March.

They lost to England in a one-off game in June, then lost to Pakistan in the T20I tri-series final in Zimbabwe, lost 3-0 to Pakistan again in the bilateral series in the UAE, and then lost to South Africa in a rain-curtailed one-off match on Saturday.

It remains to be seen whether being on home turf would raise the spirits for the once invincible Aussies.

The one significant change for India ahead of this series is the return of skipper Virat Kohli, who was rested for the three-match contest against West Indies at home.

While it undoubtedly strengthens the visitors, all eyes will be on how the Aaron Finch-led Australian side deals with the best batsman in world cricket at the moment.

While there are calls from all quarters for Australian cricket to keep a check on aggression and play the game in right spirit, Kohli has always garnered attention whenever he has visited here.

On his early trips Down Under, he has never quite been the Australian fans' favourite.

But starting 2014, his batting exploits have taken centre-stage. He scored 199 runs in three innings during that 2016 T20I series' whitewash.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis has professed a "silent treatment" to Kohli and it remains to be seen if the Australian cricketers and the public can ignore him at all.

Kohli's return to the side means that one front-line batsman will have to make way.

In England, the skipper batted at number four, allowing KL Rahul to bat at number three in light of his stupendous form in the 2018 Indian Premier League.

Rahul's current form though is nothing to write home about. He managed only 16, 26 not out and 17 against the West Indies in the recent T20I series.

Rahul's absence could allow the team management to retain both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, both of whom have proven to be more consistent and explosive in recent times compared to Rahul.

The other option is to leave out Manish Pandey, who has got limited opportunities of late.

Early indicators from India's final pre-match practice suggest that Pant will don the keeping gloves. He practised glove-work under the watchful eyes of coach Ravi Shastri, while Karthik only did some out-fielding.

It also suggests that the team management might make the surprise call to leave Karthik out altogether, allowing Rahul an early taste of conditions keeping in mind the Test series.

The bigger concern for India is to find a balance in their bowling attack in Hardik Pandya's absence.

With ample bounce anticipated on the Gabba pitch, three pacers -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed -- are certain starters.

Washington Sundar, who played the last T20I against West Indies as Bumrah was rested, is expected to make way. Kuldeep Yadav too is expected to be the first-choice spinner, ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal as was the case against West Indies.

Krunal Pandya was the all-rounder against West Indies, and should he continue to play, then it remains to be seen if the team management will pick two left-arm spinners.

Australia are also considering fielding a spinner, after taking the field against South Africa with a full-pace attack on Saturday.

Glenn Maxwell was the lone spinner then, but it is understood that the hosts will alter their plans keeping in mind the conditions and bigger dimensions of the ground here.

Starting off with the aggressive shortest format is Australia's best bet to upset India's plans for this summer of cricket, wherein unlike their prior trips here, the visitors are already considered the better side in all departments.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott (wk), Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

Match starts at 1.20 pm IST.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: November 21, 2018 17:52:04 IST

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