Kohli, Dhawan Guide India to Victory in First T20 vs Australia
India beat Australia by 9 wickets via DuckworthLewis method in the first T20 International in Ranchi on Saturday.
Skipper Virat Kohli played a sweet cameo after yet another impressive show by the bowlers as India beat Australia by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed opening T20 International in Ranchi on Saturday.
Chasing a revised target of 48 in 6 overs after Australia scored 118 for 8 in 18.4 overs, India reached the target in 5.3 overs. India lead the three-match series 1-0.
It was the seventh consecutive win for India in the 20-over format having last lost to the Aussies, way back in 2012 at Dhaka in the ICC World T20.
Australia's batting woes continued as the India bowlers did not take their foot off the pedal.
Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures of 2/16 in 4 overs, complemented well by Jasprit Bumrah's (2/17 in 3 overs) yorkers. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/23 in 4 overs) also played his part to perfection.
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got a wicket apiece.
Australia were off to a flyer with 50 runs coming off 37 balls but Chahal provided the vital breakthroughs, dismissing his bunny Glenn Maxwell for a fourth time in four games. The Aussie batsman gave a simple catch to Bumrah at short mid-wicket.
Earlier, David Warner smashed successive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over, before getting bowled out to the pacer for 8.
Kuldeep then dismissed Aaron Finch (42) and Moises Henriques (8) off successive overs.
Finch was in fine form, smashing four boundaries and one six, but against Yadav, he looked determined to play the sweep shot. It was dismissal that brought about Australia's downfall.
After playing five sweep shots, Yadav bowled one fuller that breached his defence.
The wicket virtually sent alarm bells ringing in the Australians camp as Yadav and Chahal went through the middle overs restricting their flow of runs before Bumrah's twin bursts in the 18th over.
Skipper Kohli's 14-ball-22 had three boundaries and Shikhar Dhawan also hit three boundaries in his unbeaten 15 as they cruised to the target in 5.3 overs, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Rohit Sharma hit debutant left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff for a boundary and flicked Nathan Coulter-Nile for a six before being dismissed.
However, the third over bowled by Andrew Tye decisively clinched the match in India's favour as Dhawan and Kohli got a boundary each to get 11 runs.
From there it was a cake for India as Coulter-Nile's next over produced nine runs.
With six needed off the final over bowled by Dan Christian, Kohli smacked the third delivery for a boundary to finish it off in style.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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