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After Rain Hits First T20, India Chases Australia's Revised Score To Victory

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| October 8 , 2017 , 14:01 IST

After rain hit Saturday's Twenty 20 between India and Australia at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, the host country chased the Kangaroos' revised 48 run target and won the match in the last over at the loss of one wicket.

The match was disrupted by rain when the Australian team was at 118/8 in 18.4 overs. The cricket board revised the score for India to chase a 48 run target in 36 runs.

This victory gives India the 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against the visiting Australia.

Chasing the revised target of 48, India lost opener Rohit Sharma (11) cheaply as he fell prey to Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile's delivery in the second over. However, Dhawan and Kohli stood on the field to cross the golden target.

Dhawan's 12 ball innings was laced with three boundaries, while Kohli also smacked three fours in his 14-ball knock.

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For Australia, Coulter-Nile was the only successful bowler returning the figures of 1/20.

It was a good day for the Indian bowlers and fielders as they overpowered the visiting batsmen. Apart from one or two instances, the bowlers and fielders displayed brilliant work to restrict Australia.

India started off on a good note as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back skipper David Warner (8) in the first over itself. But soon, in-form Finch and Glenn Maxwell (17) stabilised the Australian innings and forged a 47-run partnership for the second wicket.

Just when things seemed good for the visitors, the Indian spinners played their part and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Maxwell in the seventh over to make the scorecard read 55/2.

After adding a few runs, Finch was also dismissed by chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in the ninth over.

For India, Kuldeep and Bumrah took two wickets while Bhuvneshwar, Hardik Pandya, Chahal took one wicket each.

-With Agency Inputs