Australia win a rain-affected thriller in Brisbane!
Australia have pulled off a huge win at the Gabba in front of over 31,000 people, defeating India by four runs and started their summer against the subcontinental rivals off on the right foot.
Glenn Maxwell scored 46 from 24 balls in the first innings, hitting four sixes along the way. Australia were able to get to 4-158, after a short delay, off 17 overs. The Duckworth Lewis method kicked in with India needing 174. They fell four runs short after a strong showing from the Australian bowlers.
Shikhar Dhawan got off to a quick start for India, recording 76 from 42 balls with ten four and two sixes. Dinesh Karthik hit a quick fire 30 from 13 balls and nearly saw India across the line, with the Australian bowlers sharing the load. Marcus Stoinis ended with 2/27, Adam Zampa 2/22 with one wicket each from Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye.
The T20 series will now head to the MCG for the first time this summer with a big crowd expected as India look to exact revenge and level the series with Sydney hosting the final T20 on Sunday.
ALEX CAREY’S SHARP WORK
Alex Carey made an error just three balls earlier, gifting India a free hit after breaking the bails with his gloves, two balls later Carey’s sharp work saw the back of KL Rahul.
India were cruising along at 1-83 before the good bit of work from Alex Carey with the game in the balance.
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BOOF’S FIRST TEST XI
Darren Lehmann took time during the rain delay to select his XI for the first test against India in Adelaide starting on December 6.
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During the Rain Delay former Aussie coach @darren_lehmann had his say on what the XI should look like against India on December 6.
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The heavens have opened at the Gabba with the players heading off the field after just 16 overs. Australia sit at 3-153. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have put together a 78 run partnership off just 36 balls.
Maxwell sits on 46 from 23 balls with four 6s and a strike rate of 200. Marcus Stoinis has been strong too with 31 from 18 deliveries, three 4s and one 6.
AUSSIES TAKE CONTROL
Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have put on a hitting display at the Gabba with the two big hitters putting together a nice partnership to see Australia to 3-133 from 15 overs.
Maxwell went 6,6,6 in the 13th over and raced from 12 to 30 from three balls.
AUSTRALIA LOSE AN EARLY WICKET
Australian opener D’Arcy Short was an early casualty for Australia in what has been a solid start for the home side at the Gabba.
Australia after 8 overs were 2-66 with Aaron Finch being dismissed for 27.
USMAN KHAWAJA UPDATE
Usman Khawaja caught up with Darren Lehmann prior to the Australian’s first T20 at the Gabba and provided an update on his condition ahead of the first test at Adelaide oval on December 6.
“If all goes well I should be available for the next shield game.” Khawaja told the former Australian coach.
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TOSS AND TEAM NEWS
Virat Kohli has won the toss and will bowl first.
Aaron Finch says he would have bowled first, and has made one change Adam Zampa comes in for Nathan Coulter Nile.
Australia XI:Finch (c), Short, Lynn, Maxwell, Stoinis, McDermott, Carey (wk), Tye, Behrendorff, Zampa, Stanlake
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmeed, Jasprit Bumrah
THE BUILD UP
India have roared into the country hell bent on ending their history of failure in Australia, India have never won a test series on Australian soil, and will see this tour as a great opportunity to end that drought. First up though, is a series of three t20s in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. India, traditionally strong in the shortest format of the game, will lock horns with a wounded, new look Australian side captained by Aaron Finch.
The Gabba will host game one, and Australia have said they are willing to get more aggressive in order to win, but have maintained, they will not sledge the Indians at all this summer. Virat Kohli is again leading the visitors and comes to Australia in career best form having peeled off five centuries in their recent series against England and the West Indies. A ruthless character, Kohli looms as the most dangerous prospect in this series, along with big hitting Rohit Sharma who is coming off 111 not out against the West Indies in t20 cricket only three weeks ago.
Australia’s squad doesn’t look too bad, with big hitters Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell all in the lineup, with D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis to provide plenty of excitement as well. Their bowling is strong with Jason Behrendorff returning from injury and the gigantic Billy Stanlake still bowling with venom, they should be able to make early inroads in the Indian batting lineup. All in all Australia’s squad is stacked with talent, but putting it together on the pitch has been their issue of late.
India will feature Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in their top three, so expect fireworks from the get go. Sharma averages 33 in the shortest form of the game and boasts four centuries and fifteen 50s. Remarkably, Kohli has never made a t20 century, and this series looms as an opportunity to make his first ever.
Can Australia start their summer off on the right foot against India? Or are the visitors going to be too strong for the Aussies this summer? Keep clicking back to get the latest news, highlights and analysis from the Gabba.