Australia vs India 1st T20: Kohli guides India to 37-run win

Kohli was named Man of the Match for his brilliant innings of 90 not out

Kohli was named Man of the Match for his brilliant innings of 90 not out

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India batsman Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 90 to lead his side to a comfortable 37-run win over Australia in the first Twenty20 International in Adelaide.

Australia captain Aaron Finch would have been content with his decision to bowl first early on as India lost Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fairly early on.

However, Kohli and Suresh Raina led India’s counter-attack as the former hammered 90 off 55 balls, which included nine boundaries and two sixes, while the latter blasted a quickfire 41.

Thanks to Kohli and Raina, India finished on 188/3 off their 20 overs.

Shane Watson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while James Faulkner chipped in with one.

Chasing 189 to win, Finch was the only batsman to have a major impact as he scored 44 off 33 deliveries, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

Finch was Australia's top-scorer with 44

Finch was Australia’s top-scorer with 44

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With Steven Smith being the only other batsman to cross the 20-run mark, Australia struggled to keep up with the required run rate and ultimately fell short of their target as they were bowled out for 151.

Debutant Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and debutant Hardik Pandya snapped up two wickets apiece and Ashish Nehra claimed one.

Finch was not pleased with his side’s performance, and said: “We let ourselves in the field today. And a great innings from Virat. He is hard to stop when he gets going. We executed well with the ball, but let ourselves down with the fielding. 170 would have been a nice score. When we got our chance to bat, I slowed down a bit and cost ourselves a bit of momentum.”

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was delighted to draw first blood, and said: “It was a good game. Good to see our bowlers making the batsmen play the big shots. Rohit started well, followed by Virat and well supported by Raina. He and Yuvi have had just one net session, which is why I promoted myself ahead of Yuvraj. We bowled superbly after that. I felt once Pandya went through that first over he would bowl much better. He was executing the yorker well, he was bowling the wide ball well.”

Kohli was named Man of the Match, and said: “I could take this stadium with me wherever I bat. Just trying to keep things simple. I believe that in T20s as well. This stadium is right up there with anywhere in the world. I would love to thank the fans for coming out and supporting us.”

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