Australia vs India 1st T20: Stoinis’ all-round performance sinks India

Marcus Stoinis 33 not out two wickets Australia India 1st T20 Brisbane cricket

Marcus Stoinis excelled with both the bat and ball

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Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis smashed an unbeaten 33 and took two crucial wickets in the final over to lead his side to a nail-biting four-run win over India via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the first Twenty20 International in Brisbane.

Being put in to bat first, Australia lost opener D’Arcy Short early on as he was caught by Kuldeep Yadav at mid-on off the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed for seven runs.

Captain Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn made up for the loss of Short with a 40-run partnership before Finch was removed by Kuldeep for 27.

Lynn went on to score a 20-ball 37 before he was caught and bowled by Kuldeep.

Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell stabilised the innings with a 78-run partnership, during which the rain came and the match was shortened the 17 overs per side.

Maxwell was nearing his fifty prior to the rain delay, but never got there as he was sent packing by Jasprit Bumrah for a 24-ball 46, which included four sixes.

Stoinis ended up scoring 33 not out, which came off 19 deliveries and included three boundaries and a six, as Australia finished on 158/4.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Khaleel and Bumrah chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 174 to win since the DLS method came into effect, India got off to a brisk start before opener Rohit Sharma was caught by Finch at mid-on off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for seven runs.

Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul added 46 runs to the score before Rahul was stumped by Alex Carey off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 13.

Zampa struck again in his next over as he removed India skipper Virat Kohli for four runs.

Dhawan went on to score a 42-ball 76, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Behrendorff at third man off the bowling of Billy Stanlake.

Shikhar Dhawan 76 Australia India 1st T20 Brisbane cricket

Shikhar Dhawan scored his ninth half-century in Twenty20 Internationals

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Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant steadied things with a 51-run stand before Pant was caught by Behrendorff at point off the bowling of Andrew Tye for 20.

With India heading into the final over needing 13 to win, Stoinis conceded two runs off the first two balls before taking Krunal Pandya and Karthik out in successive deliveries for two and 30 respectively.

Despite bowling a wide after, Stoinis only allowed India to score five runs off the last two balls, which ensured Australia won and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Stoinis and Zampa snapped up two wickets apiece, while Tye, Stanlake and Behrendorff claimed one wicket each.

Zampa was named Man of the Match.

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