India vs Australia 1st T20I Brisbane: It finally boiled down to the last over with India requiring 13 to win off six balls. Marcus Stoinis was the bowler and Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik were in the middle. Krunal Pandya who had just walked in was on strike and the crowd was hoping Karthik gets on strike. Pandya hit the ball towards long on and because it was a big ground, Karthik decided to come back for the second. He made his ground but India lost the match by four runs, thanks to the Duckworth Lewis Method. Fans and ace commentator Harsha Bhogle feels Karthik should have kept the strike. Bhogle’s post read, “Guess Karthik will wonder if he should have run the second from the 1’st ball of the over. But top innings in the situation.”
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Karthik played a brilliant cameo off 30 off 13 balls. His innings was studded with four fours and one six.
Earlier in the day, 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 the 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.
Meanwhile, Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series with the next game to be played on November 23.