India vs Australia Highlights, 1st T20I Vizag: Australia defeated India by three wickets in a thrilling T20I on Sunday in Vizag. India managed only 126 for 7 in their 20 overs against Australia despite a half-century from comeback man KL Rahul. Save opener Rahul’s 50 off 36 balls and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 29 off 37 balls, none of the other Indian batsmen could manage a significant knock. For the visitors, Nathan Coulter-Nile took 3 for 26 in four overs. Glen Maxwell top-scored for Australia with a 43-ball 56. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers for men in blue as he picked up three wickets. (Cricket Streaming – India vs Australia 1st T20I)

HIGHLIGHTS, INDIA vs AUSTRALIA 1st T20I in VIZAG

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22.15 IST: The men in yellow have stolen a win in the last over after almost losing it in the last five overs. Umesh Yadav’s death bowling went for a toss. Cummins managed to squeeze it past the bowler and scampered back for a brace. Aussie camp is celebrating. Australia (127/7 in 20 overs) beat India (126/7) by 3 wickets to take 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Maxwell 56, Short 37, Bumrah 3/16

22.13 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins played a brilliant shot under pressure as the tail seems to be doing the job for the Aussies. It was a low full toss, Cummins backed away and biffed it past cover for a four. 2 needed now. Final ball coming up. Australia 125/7 in 19.5 overs, need 2 runs to win vs India (126/7)

22.08 IST: Bowled! Bumrah, you beauty, Nathan Coulter-Nile departs for 4. An inswinging yorker squeezes under the bat and messes the woodwork. India get another wicket. You can’t quantify it. 142.7kph delivery and Coulter-Nile had no chance. He trudges back slowly. The Vizag crowd have their decibel levels up as well. 14 needed off the final over now. Australia 113/7 in 17 overs, need 14 runs to win vs India (126/7)

22.04 IST: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah removes Peter Handscomb for 13. It was a short ball, top-edge and Dhoni runs a few yards to his right to take it. India are trying to snatch an unlikely win from the jaws of defeat here. Credit to the bowler who cramped the batsman for room with his line and length. 50th T20I wicket for Bumrah.

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21.53 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya removes Ashton Turner for a duck. Bowled! The game is alive and kicking now. Flatter, quicker ball and Turner misses the paddle to be clean bowled. They sense something special. Half of the Australian side is back in the hut. Australia 103/5 in 16.3 overs vs India (126/7)

21.49 IST: Bonus wicket for India. D’Arcy Short run-out for 37. He clipped it away towards the fine leg after a hop across the sticks. Both the batters wanted a mid-pitch handshake it seems and all that Dhoni did was collect the throw from the deep and disturb the sticks at the batter’s end. Dhoni did not know about the whereabouts of either batter and just as a matter of caution threw the ball to the bowler, who also took a bail off. But no double play is allowed, of course. Australia 101/4 in 16 overs, need 26 runs to win vs India (126/7)

21.41 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Maxwell for 56. Finally, the curtains have been drawn on the Big Show tonight. Fuller, tossed up leggie, Maxwell looks to drill it and slices it big. There was elevation, lot of it but not a lot of distance. KL Rahul at long-off back-pedalled and took it easily at long-off. The crowd find their voices after being on mute for long but is it too late for the Indians? AUS 90/3 in 14 overs, need 37 runs to win vs IND (126/7)

21.39 IST: FOUR! Maxwell paddles the ball fine and that has run away. Chahal is gutted and so is his skipper as that was a bad ball. Australia 87/3 in 13.1 overs, need 40 runs to win vs India (126/7)

21.38 IST: FIFTY for Glenn Maxwell. Fuller ball from Umesh, it was helicoptered down to long-on. 

21.29 IST: FOUR! It was a flatter googly from Chahal and it gets the treatment by Short who blazed it through the point region for a four. The dive from the man at deep cover was not good enough. Australia 75/2 in 11.2 overs, need 52 runs to win vs India (126/7)

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21.24 IST: SIX! Smashed away! It was a tossed up delivery by Markande, slightly too full and outside off. Maxwell bends forward and bludgeons it over long-on. A mighty hit from the Big Show. Australia 64/2 in 10.3 overs vs India

21.19 IST: FOUR! Markande provides plenty of width outside off and Maxwell pounces on it. Short takes full toll of it. Waits for the ball on the back foot and scythes it powerfully through the cover region. Australia 51/2 in 8 overs, need 76 runs to win vs India (126/7)

21.12 IST: FOUR! More timing on this occasion. Once again, the length is slightly on the shorter side, Maxwell whips this leg-break over mid-wicket off the back foot. AUS 38/2 in 5.3 overs, need 89 runs to win vs IND (126/7)

21.11 IST: SIX! Dispatched by Maxwell. Chahal drops one short and Maxwell has deposited that into the stands. He rocks back and pummels the pull over deep mid-wicket. Australia 34/2 in 5.1 overs vs India (126/7)

21.04 IST: FOUR! Third boundary in this over! Maxwell is toying with Umesh. The Vidarbha pacer bowls length, Maxwell backs away to free his arms and lifts it over mid-off. No need to run for those. AUS 23/2 in 4 overs, need 104 runs to win vs IND (126/7)

20.59 IST:


20.55 IST: OUT! Bumrah gets the Aussie captain, Aaron Finch departs for nought. It was an incoming delivery from Bumrah, Finch was late in bringing the bat down and it was hit straight on to the pads. No Bhuvui, but Bumrah is more-than-well-equipped to trap him. A pacy in-angler, that seams in further, Finch is half-forward to tuck it. The ball keeps a touch low and beats his inside edge before rapping him onn the front leg. That looked out to the naked eye. A golden duck for the skipper, who reviewed it but went in vain. Australia 5/2 in 2.2 overs vs India (126/7)

20.52 IST: Marcus Stoinis departs for 1. Another run-out in the match, Stoinis is sent back by Short. The TV umpire is called and Stoinis is a goner. India havethe early breakthrough. Just what the doctor ordered. It was a flat ball on the pads and Short nudged it backward of square on the leg-side. While the striker was ball-watching, Stoinis was halfway down the ground. Short saw his partner and turned back to try and make his ground, but was late. Australia 5/1 in 2 overs vs India (126/7)

20.45 IST: Welcome back for the chase. It’s a slow track by 126 won’t be a difficult one to chase here. How will the Indian bowlers respond? No Aaron Finch at the top! It’s Marcus Stoinis along with D’Arcy Short. A slip in place. Here we go..

20.35 IST:


20.33 IST: India 126/7 in 20 overs vs Australia in Vizag. Rahul 50, Dhoni 29*, Coulter-Nile 3/26

20.30 IST: SIX! Dhoni has complete Vizag on his feet. Full and outside off, Dhoni stays leg-side of the ball and goes inside out, frees his arms and muscles the loft over deep extra cover. IND 124/7 in 19.2 overs vs AUS

20.23 IST: FIVE WIDES! Wayward stuff from Richardson. Sprays it way down the leg-side and gives Dhoni nor Handscomb a chance to get anything on it. Races away to the fence and hands India some bonus runs. India 115/7 in 18 overs vs Australia

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20.17 IST: OUT! Pat Cummins removes Umesh Yadav for 2. Umesh kept shuffling across the stumps and Cummins had noted that, keeps one straight and beats him for pace, struck right in front of the stumps. That is as plumb as you can get. IND 109/7 in 17 overs vs AUS

20.08 IST: OUT! Coulter-Nile gets his third one, Krunal Pandya departs for 1. There was no need to play this shot, especially with half the side back in the pavilion. Short of length and NCN generates the extra bit of climb, Krunal wanted to pull but is beaten for pace and bounce, the top-edge skies up near cover-point and Maxwell calls for the catch. India 100/6 in 15 overs vs Australia

19.59 IST: Bowled! Coulter-Nile removes Dinesh Karthik for 1. It’spin-dropp silence at Vizag. Second wicket for NCN and India are really in trouble. A nothing shot from DK. He walks down the wicket and the length decks in slightly, looks to drive and leaves a gap for the ball to sneak through. The middle-stump is flattened. So both Pant and Karthik fail to deliver today. IND 94/5 in 13 overs vs AUS

19.56 IST: OUT! Nathan Coulter-Nile picks up the big wicket of set KL Rahul for 50. Rahul shakes his head as he walks back. A shot that has brought him plenty of runs in this innings brings about his downfall as well. He makes room to elevate the length delivery over mid-off but gets it right off the toe-end and it balloons towards Finch who is standing right on the edge of the 30-yard circle took the catch. India 92/2 in 12.3 overs vs Australia

19.55 IST:


19.46 IST: Total misunderstanding, Rishabh Pant run-out for 3. Sheer brilliance of Behrendorff fetches Australia this wicket. Pant’s terrible run in T20I continues. He comes down the track and wanted to cut it past cover where the lanky fast bowler dives dramatically, stops it from going further and hurls the throw to Handscomb quickly. Pant was a pretty long way down and there was no way he could have made it back. Handscomb takes off the bails without much fuss and Pant was way short. India 80/3 in 10 overs vs Australia in Vizag

19.38 IST: OUT! Adam Zampa removes Virat Kohli for 24. It’s a rarity in modern cricket that Kohli fails to convert his start. Beautiful delivery from Zampa, he tosses this one and gets some assistance off the deck. Kohli dances down the track but fails to reach close to the ball. He still goes through with the shot but fails to time it as well as he would have liked. Coulter-Nile takes a really good catch at long-on! India 69/2 in 8.4 overs vs Australia

19.35 IST:


19.32 IST: FOUR! Clobbered by Rahul, now Zampa is getting some treatment here. He uses his feet to reach close and then creams it straight down the ground. The straight fielders had no chance as it rockets to the fence. India 59/1 in 7 overs vs Australia

19.23 IST: FOUR! Stand and deliver stuff from Kohli! He didn’t move an inch just keeps his shape and smashes it straight down the ground. It rockets to the fence. India 37/1 in 4.5 overs vs Australia

19.18 IST: FOUR! What a shot from Rahul, pure class written over it. He uses the bottom hand but still he manages to clear the in-field by some distance. It was a length delivery on the stumps from Richardson, Rahul initially wanted to whip it over deep mid-wicket but it comes off the outside half of the bat and reaches deep cover fence. India 26/1 in 4 overs vs Australia

19.15 IST:


19.12 IST: OUT! Behrendorff draws first blood as India have lost their vice-captain Rohit Sharma cheaply for 5. It was a length delivery on the stumps, Rohit went for a cheeky paddle over short fine. It comes off the bottom half of the bat and he fails to clear Zampa at short fine. He goes back and takes a fine catch. Rohit will be disappointed with his effort. IND 14/1 in 2.3 overs vs AUS

19.09 IST: FOUR, Poor stuff from Richardson. He errs in line again and dishes out a hit-me delivery on the pads. Rahul says thank you so much and whips it wide of square leg for his second boundary of the over, 12 off it. India 12/0 in 2 overs vs Australia

19.04 IST: Brilliant delivery to finish the over from Behrendorff, just a single off it! In that corridor of uncertainty and some away movement, Rahul fails to combat the movement and it defeats his outside edge. India 1/0 in 1 over vs Australia

19.00 IST: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul make their way to the middle. It’s an excellent opportunity for Rahul to resurrect his career. Jason Behrendorff will open the attack for Aussies. Here we go…

18.57 IST: Teams are all set for the national anthem. Australian anthem followed by the Indian one. India are wearing black arm bands and both teams are standing in silence for the CRPF men who lost their lives in the terrible terror attack at Pulwama.

18.52 IST:


18.45 IST: Australia (Playing XI) – Aaron Finch (C), D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb (wk), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa

India (Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Mayank Markande, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

18.41 IST:


18.38 IST: Virat Kohli says, “We would have wanted to bowl first too. It looks like a good pitch to bat on. We are not concerned about batting first. I was switched off and didn’t watch much cricket during my off period. I wanted to get away from everything and refresh myself. I am ready to go now. There are people who might be potential contenders for our World Cup squad and we want to give them more game time. KL Rahul will get more game time as he has been out for a while, Shikhar Dhawan has been rested. Umesh Yadav comes in place of Bhuvi. Mayank Markande will play instead of Vijay Shankar”.

18.35 IST: Aaron Finch says, “We will bowl first. It looks like a really nice wicket and I don’t think it is going to change much. Hopefully, we can chase down the total. Peter Handscomb will make his debut and he will keep wickets too. It is very exciting for him.We play India all the time these days. Short will open the innings for us”.

18.32 IST:


18.30 IST: TOSS – Aaron Finch wins toss as Australia elect to bowl against India in Vizag.

18.25 IST: Pitch Report –  There should be a little bit of turn on this pitch. And India would want to play at least 2 spinners on this deck. This pitch will be at its best with the new ball. Team batting first would want to get a total of around 160 on the board. The skipper winning the toss would like to bat first.

18.15 IST:


17.56 IST: Rohit Sharma needs two more sixes to claim the record for most sixes in T20Is – currently held by Chris Gayle & Martin Guptill both of whom have hit 103 sixes each.

17.52 IST: Jasprit Bumrah needs two more wickets to become the second Indian bowler to reach 50 wickets in T20Is after R Ashwin (52).

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17.35 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live cricket coverage of the first T20I between India and Australia from the beautiful ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.

Brief Preview: In what will be a final rehearsal before the World Cup begins, the Indian cricket team will be up against Australia in the first match of their limited-over series against Australia on Sunday in Visakhapatnam. The Men in Blue will be led by a returning Virat Kohli in the first of the two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as they will aim to maintain their momentum acquired over Kangaroos during their tour of Australia.

The seven-match tour comprising two T20Is and five ODIs will be India’s last international assignment before the ICC World Cup 2019, which starts on May 30 in England and Wales. India won a historic Test and ODI series Down Under last month and Virat Kohli – back after a break to lead the side – and coach Ravi Shastri will be hoping for a repeat performance. (IND vs AUSRead Full Preview 1st T20I)