India vs Australia 1st T20: Coulter-Nile, Maxwell star in last-ball thriller

Nathan Coulter-Nile three wickets India Australia 1st T20 Visakhapatnam cricket

Nathan Coulter-Nile finished with figures of 3-26 off his four overs

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Nathan Coulter-Nile took three wickets and Glenn Maxwell smashed 56 as Australia beat India by three wickets off the last ball in Visakhapatnam.

Choosing to bowl first, Australia got the early breakthrough they were looking for as India opener Rohit Sharma was caught by Adam Zampa at short fine leg off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for five runs.

Lokesh Rahul and India captain Virat Kohli made up for the loss of Rohit with a 55-run partnership before Kohli was caught by Coulter-Nile at long-on off the bowling of Zampa for 24.

Rishabh Pant was the next to go, while Rahul went on to score a 36-ball 50, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed by Coulter-Nile.

Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya and Umesh Yadav proceeded to fall in quick succession, but thanks to MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 29, India finished on 126/7.

Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Behrendorff, Zampa and Pat Cummins chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 127 to win, Australia lost opener Marcus Stoinis early on as he was run out by Yadav for one run.

Captain Aaron Finch failed to trouble the scorers as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for a golden duck.

D’Arcy Short and Maxwell came to the rescue as they forged an 84-run partnership, during which Maxwell registered his half-century, before he was sent packing by Yuzvendra Chahal for 56, which came off 43 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Short went on to score 37 before he was run out by Pandya.

Australia then began to collapse as they lost Ashton Turner, Peter Handscomb and Coulter-Nile in quick time.

With Handscomb and Coulter-Nile falling to Bumrah on the last two balls of the penultimate over, Australia went into the last over needing 14 to win.

The tourists managed to score 12 runs off the first five balls, with Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins both hitting a boundary, before they secured their win by taking two runs off the last ball.

Bumrah was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Chahal and Pandya claimed one wicket each.

Coulter-Nile was named Man of the Match.

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