India vs Australia, 1st T20I at Brisbane: India opener Shikhar Dhawan answered his critics in style as smashed a breathtaking fifty against Australia during the 1st T20I at the Gabba in Brisbane. Chasing a mammoth target of 174 in 17 overs against Australia, Dhawan provided India the perfect start and played a breezy knock to lead the Indian reply.  He took the attack on the Aussies bowlers right from the first delivery and en route his 42-ball 76 broke Virat Kohli’s world record of most runs in a calendar year.

With this knock, the 32-year old becomes India’s leading run-getter in T20Is this year with a staggering 648 runs in 16 games. He has now overhauled Kohli’s record of 641 runs in a calendar year which the Indian captain achieved in 2016. Dhawan has shown great consistency in T20Is this year and has had impressive outings in the Nidahas Trophy, South Africa and the West Indies series. He now has total six half-centuries in the shortest format this year.

Most runs in a calendar year in T20Is:

646* S DHAWAN (2018)
641 V Kohli (2016)
576 Fakhar Zaman (2018)
567 Rohit Sharma (2018)
563 Babar Azam (2018)
520 M Shahzad (2016)
503 A Finch (2018)
500 C Munro (2018)

Fakhar Zaman (576), Rohit Sharma (567) and Babar Azam (563) are the other big names in the list of accumulating most runs in the calendar year in T20Is. Chasing 174 (DLS) in 17 overs, Rohit Sharma was dismissed early for seven off eight balls as he tried to go big down the ground in the quest of breaking the shackles.

Glenn Maxwell smacked 46 runs off 24 balls to fire Australia to 158-4 in the rain-hit opening T20 against India at the Gabba. Rain cut the game short to 17-overs a side and thus, by DLS method, India have been set a target of 174 runs. Maxwell hit four sixes in his whirlwind knock before rain came, after Chris Lynn scored 37 runs off 20 balls to help Australia recover from a slow start.

This was after India won the toss and opted to bowl on a surprisingly green wicket. Kuldeep Yadav was picked ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal as expected, while the hosts also included a spinner in Adam Zampa and left out medium pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-15) and Jasprit Bumrah (1-21) got India off to a good start but Aaron Finch (27) pulled things back a bit. Khaleel Ahmed (1-42) got the initial breakthrough as D’Arcy Short (7) was caught at long on. The left-arm pacer proved expensive thereafter.

Teams:
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed

Australia (Playing XI): D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey(w), Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake