Virat Kohli’s Team India erred with the bat on a very rare occasion and saw a narrow four-run loss against Aaron Finch led Australia in the rain-hit D/L affected tour opener in Brisbane. It was a rare win for Australia since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, and just their second from five matches this home summer. Australia’s fortunes, across formats, have been on the downward slope in recent times – their last big win came in a T20I triangular series featuring New Zealand and England in February. Since then, Australia have struggled, and the unavailability of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft, hasn’t helped.
Marcus Stoinis came up with an all-round performance in the four-run win over India. He said,” We were trying to bowl yorkers but they ended up being beamers. ”
Despite having the best limited-overs bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav, and the best batsman Virat, India could not win. Aaron Finch led Australia now enjoys a 1-0 lead in the series, which includes three back-to-back matches in a short span of five days and India would now be hard-pressed to win two matches in quick succession to grab the T20I series. Team India will like to regroup and reassess their playing combination while aiming for a turn-around in fortunes when they take on the hosts in the second T20I in Melbourne.