Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form in the T20Is, notching up his sixth T20I fifty of 2018 during the 1st T20I against Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground
Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form in the T20Is, notching up his sixth T20I fifty of 2018 during the 1st T20I against Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form in the T20Is, notching up his sixth T20I fifty of 2018 during the 1st T20I against Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane on Wednesday and in the process became the highest run-getter in T20Is this year, surpassing Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman.

FOLLOW: Australia vs India, 1st T20I

Dhawan, including today’s knock of (76), now has 646 runs in 16 matches at an average of 44.62. Zaman in 17 matches has 576 runs followed by Rohit Sharma with 567 runs.

His tally of 646 runs is now the highest runs in T20Is in a calendar year, surpassing Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s total of 641 in 15 matches in 2016. Dhawan still has two more T20Is to play this year.

Chasing a revised target of 174 in 17 overs, after rain halted play for well over an hour, Dhawan got India off to a good start but lost opener Rohit to Jason Behrendorff for seven. Kohli also departed cheaply, falling to Adam Zampa for 4 after KL Rahul was undone by Zampa for 13.

Dhawan was the highest run-getter for India in the Nidahas Trophy tri series scoring 198 runs at 39.60 in five matches and then scored 138 runs at an average of 46.00 in the three-match T20I series against West Indies, again finishing as the highest run-getter for India in the series.

Earlier, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis plundered Indian attack as Australia posted a challenging 158/4. The match was reduced to 17-overs-per side after a lengthy rain delay.

The partnership between Maxwell and Stoinis was worth 78 runs and it brought their innings back on track after Kuldeep Yadav struck in successive overs to put a dent. Maxwell was out immediately after the match resumed followed the rain-break but had smashed 46 off 24 with four sixes during his stay. Stoinis remained unbeaten on 33 off 19 with three fours and a six.