Virat Kohli and boys earned a 7th successive victory over visitors Australia in T20s as rain played a crucial role in the 1st encounter of the 3-match series. Indian bowlers pulled off impressive performances in the 1st innings to restrict the Australians on a low-key total and the rest was done by the rain followed by some Virat Kohli class on field.

After rain stopped play for almost an hour, the two Indian openers best in the business came out to bat and took charge straight away. Rohit departed early but captain Kohli made sure the team was through as India registered a 9-wicket first victory of the T20 series. 

“We will try and be better next game. At the end of the day, we didn’t deserve to win. The bowlers did an okay job. I don’t really have an answer for our struggles in T20Is. It’s disappointing and we’ll see how we can improve that, said a disheartened David Warner after the loss. 

As it happened:

22:41 IST: India wins the 1st T20I by 9 wickets 

That’s it from Ranchi as captain Kohli hit the winning runs with a boundary of Christian as India takes home first T20 of the 3-match series. The hosts have beaten Australia for 7th straight time now in T20s and this could be the easiest of all, thanks to the rain intervening play. 

22:38 IST: India 42-1 (5 overs) Kohli – 16(12), Dhawan- 14(11)

Adam Zampa brought in for a change and the spinner does nothing which might trouble the Indians. Concedes just 6 of his over leaving Indian with equal runs to chase. Virat or Dhawan, who will score the winning runs for India?

22:34 IST: India 36-1 (4 overs) Kohli – 7(6), Dhawan- 8(5)

9 runs of the over, Coulter-Nile couldn’t do much from here he is easily driven around by the left-hand, right-hand Indian duo as they keeping closing on the target, now 12 needed of the remaining two overs. 

22:30 IST: India 27-1 (3 overs) Kohli – 7(6), Dhawan- 8(5)

Andrew Tye brought into attack and the two Indian batsmen earn the most out of him as they gather 11 runs of the over taking India closer to the target. Both Kohli and Dhawan hit a boundary each from Tye’s over. 

22:23 IST: OUT! Rohit b Coulter-Nile 11(7) India 11-0 (2 over) Kohli – 1(2), Dhawan- 4(3)

A six and gone, Rohit Sharma becomes the first casualty for India as a full straight delivery from Coulter-Nile packs the Indian opener. The battle is on, you hit or you miss and two deliveries later Dhawan is at the danger end as he struggles to cover crease but manages at the end. A direct-hit could have sent him back. 

22:20 IST: India 5-0 (1 over) Rohit – 5(5), Dhawan- 0(1)

India cannot afford to lose even a delivery from here as they have got 43 to chase in 30 balls. Should be an easy chase provided Indian batsmen don’t let the singles stop. Rohit has started off well here as played 5 of the 6 deliveries scoring 5 runs. Gear up for some quick round of cricket folks as the wait is over. 

22:15 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are coming out to bat as we have an official target as per the Duckworth and Lewis system India will be playing for 48 runs to get in 6 overs.  

21:04 IST: Rain showers continue to hover in Ranchi as the two teams wait in respective dressing rooms for play to get underway again. Duckworth and Lewis system. might come into play here but India will have the upper hand as they have a moderate total to chase and they know beforehand how to take it forward. Overs might be reduced and the target too, we will keep you updated as soon as we get an official word.  

20:25 IST: Rain Interrupts play: Players are leaving the ground as covers come up

20:15 IST: OUT! Christian run out (Kohli) 9(13) Australia 118-8 (18.4 overs) Zampa – 4(3), Andrew Tye 0(2)

Christian wanted a second but Kohli was faster as he collects the ball and hits the stumps on the striker end to get Christian going. 

20:15 IST: OUT! Coulter-Nile b Bumrah 1(2) Australia 113-7 (18 overs) Christian – 8(12), Andrew Tye 0(2)

Nathan Coulter-Nile is the latest one to depart as the Australians get into deep trouble. 150 from here would be a safe total to get but a distant one to reach for the Australians. Bumrah gets his second as he destroys Coulter-Nile’s stumps with a brilliant delivery. 

20:10 IST: OUT! Paine b Bumrah 17(16)

Tim Paine failed to judge the bounce there as the ball kept low, beat him on the edge and crushed into the stumps. 

20:00 IST: OUT! Head b Hardik Pandya 9(16), Australia 92-5 (14 overs) Christian – 3(6), Paine- 2(2) Tim Paine, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Is it the beginning of collapses for Australia? The visitors are in a troubling situation here as the Indian bowlers continue to  pick wickets on regular intervals. Its Hardik Pandya who has got the 5th one for India. Travis Head completely beaten as the delivery routs out Head’s stumps. David Warner’s departure has initiated this collapse of the Australian line up. 

19:54 IST: OUT! Henriques b Kuldeep Yadav 8(9), Australia 88-4 (13 overs) Christian – 1(3), Head- 9(15) Daniel Christian is the new batsman in for Australia 

Another wicket for Kuldeep as he hits the stumps of Henriques who was looking quite comfortable. the Australian tried to jump forward and hit Kuldeep over but the spinner tracked his movement and bowled a slower one which completely deceived Henriques and he lost his stumps. 

19:50 IST: Australia 86-3 (12 overs) Henriques – 8(8), Head- 8(13)

Moises Henriques, the Sunrisers Hyderabad regular is in the middle with a responsibility to take Australia towards a good total.  Hardik Pandya bowled a decent over here conceding just 6 runs of it, now the Australians will play carefully as they know a wicket from here can push them deeper in trouble. 

19:43 IST: OUT! Finch b Kuldeep Yadav 42(30), Australia 77-3 (10 overs) Henriques – 1(1), Head- 3(5) Travis Head comes in to bat for Australia

The Chinaman’s mystery has hit Australia yet again as dangerous Finch departs with a genius delivery from Kuldeep Yadav. This was a Chinaman classic which the Australian failed to read and got beaten. The slower one was put straight into wickets and India have got their man as trouble piles up on Australians. 

19:40 IST: Australia 72-2 (9 overs) Finch- 41(28), Head- 3(5)

Despite losing two of his great partners, Aaron Finch doesn’t look a bit distorted as he continues to match with the pace and score for his team. He hit Chahal flat for a biggie into the crowds. 10 runs of the over from the spinner as Aussies inch close to 100, should be there in around 12-13 overs. 

Travis Head joins Aaron Finch in the middle 

19:30 IST: OUT! Maxwell c Bumrah b Chahal 17(16), Australia 57-2 (7 overs) Finch- 30(19), Head – 1(2)

Chahal brought into attack by captain Virat Kohli and he is quick too get another breakthrough for India. Maxwell played it against the spin and found Bumrah at the mid-wicket. Just 8 runs of the over and a wicket, overall a good one for India as the Maxwell show ends early but Finch is still there fighting like a lone warrior. 

19:25 IST: Australia 49-1 (6 overs) Finch- 29(18), Maxwell- 11(13)

Hardik Pandya gets back with ball and is thrashed by the Aussie duo as both Maxwell and Finch free up a bit and hit a boundary each of the Indian. Australia manages a good 49 of the first 6 overs as the batting powerplay ends. 

19:20 IST: Australia 36-1 (5 overs) Finch- 22(15), Maxwell- 5(10)

Jasprit Bumrah with the 5th over and another good one for India in terms of stopping the boundaries as 8 run come in for Australia without any boundary. Finch was on the attack as he tried to hit the 5th ball over Bumrah’s head but the pacer caught him with his brilliant change of pace and ensured silence there. 

19:16 IST: Australia 28-1 (4 overs) Finch- 17(12), Maxwell- 3(7)

Bhuvi back with ball and he keeps Maxwell shut behind the line. The Australian right-hander has struggled to find foot against the Indian bowlers this series. Just 3 singles of the over as Bhuvi concedes just 3 of it to put a stop to the free flowing runs.

19:12 IST: Australia 25-1 (3 overs) Finch- 16(11), Maxwell- 1(2)

Some early hitting from the Australians as they continue the assault, T20 format changes everything and Maxwell’s  number 2 inclusion says it all. Australia wants to attack. However, he is not the one taking the Indian bowlers own but Warner’s opening partner Finch who dashed Hardik for two straight boundaries in the 3rd over earning 10 runs of it. 

Glenn Maxwell is the new man in for Australia 

19:05 IST: OUT! Warner b Bhuvneshwar 8(5), Australia 8-1 (1 over) Finch- 0(0), Maxwell- 0(1)

We are underway as Aaron Finch and David Warner take charge for Australia.. The two batsmen look dangerous as they face Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over. They were at the business directly but Bhuvi has struck early to send Warner back.  Warner was off to a screamer hitting the Indian pacer for two back to back to back boundaries but Bhuvi held to get back stronger as he got his man. The ball stayed low, took an inside edge before hitting the stumps. Warner is a disappointed man. 

18:50 IST: Line ups are out, India has not picked veteran Ashish Nehra and KL Rahul once again misses out. Australia meanwhile have brought in Jason Behrendorff and Moises Henriques as predicted by NewsX before. 

18:40 IST: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss and decided to bowl first in Ranchi, stating weather as a massive factor in the play Kohli has opted the safe berth. 

India and Australia are in MS Dhoni’s hometown Ranchi where they will lock horns in the first T20I of the 3-match T20 series. Having won the ODI series 4-1 India will be the more confident side as they take on the Aussies who will come into the game without their captain Steve Smith. 

After an exciting 5-match ODI series which India claimed 4-1, Australia has a daunting task ahead with three T-20I lined up. The men in yellow will ply their trade in MS Dhoni’s home ground Ranchi at the JSCA Cricket Stadium without skipper Steve Smith who has returned back after suffering with a shoulder injury. Australia though would have a fresh start to make after a rest of 6 days after the last ODI at Nagpur which India won comfortably, thanks to the heroics from openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.


India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

 Australia (Playing XI): David Warner(c), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Tim Paine(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff