India started the game by being the favorites. But India was defeated by Australia in the first T20 international at Brisbane on Wednesday.
After the victory, Australia lead the 3-match T20 series 1-0.
Firstly India and the captain himself have been very confident of the tour. This loss would make India more humble and may give them a reality check.
The captain dropped it’s class spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. This was the first T20, so Virat Kohli should not have experimented. Addition of Krunal Pandya was a shocker for many.
Another mistake the captain made was giving up his batting spot to someone else. When Rohit was dismissed, Virat should have gone in at 3 but instead he sent out KL Rahul. Virat has been playing very well at number 3, just to include someone in the side you don’t have to give up your spot. This creates an imbalance in the batting line up.
Highlights of the game
India won the toss and chose to field first, Australia suffered an early setback after the fall of D Arcy Short but climbed back with Glenn Maxwell taking the charge from the front after Chris Lynn departed, contributing valuable 37 runs in 20 balls.
Maxwell’s inning included a hat-trick of sixes. Stoinis also played a quick knock, adding 33 runs off just 19 balls.
Australia skipper Aaron Finch too smashed a quick 27 runs from 24 balls.
A light drizzle intervened when Australia’s inning was in the 17th over after which the match was reduced to 17-overs a side.
Australia made 158/4 in their 17 overs and the target for India was revised to 174 runs by D/L method.
India started off the wrong foot as Rohit Sharma departed after just scoring 7 runs, Lokesh Rahul was sent on number three he give away his wicket by getting stumped by Carey at 13 runs.
Shikhar Dhawan took it to himself and went on to score a valuable half-century. The left-hander could not find a partner to take India on the path to recovery.
India skipper Virat Kohli too disappointed with the bat today, losing his wicket on just 4 runs. Dhawan soon followed Kohli.
India looked in trouble but just then Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik gave some ray of hope.
The duo added runs from boundaries and running between the wickets.
India needed just over 20 runs when Rishabh Pant threw away his wicket off to Tye’s loose delivery and then Krunal Pandya too couldn’t stand up to the occasion.
Karthik still showed some fight and blasted some runs but there was no help from the other end.
India needed 10 runs in the last over but Krunal Pandya departed first and Karthik too followed him
By then, the result was clear.