What a way to start the tour and the T20I series for Australia! They would have liked to finish this game comfortably but they shall be happy with the win eventually. The Aaron Finch-led side has taken 1-0 lead in the series with Glenn Maxwell playing a big role in what turned out to be a thrilling encounter at Vizag.

Jasprit Bumrah kept India in the game with a sensational 2-run 2-wicket 19th over but Umesh Yadav could not defend 14 runs off the last over as Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson took Australia through. It was a low-scoring affair but not short on excitement. While KL Rahul scored fifty, Nathan Coulter-Nile’s three wickets derailed the Indian innings and India could only score 126 in 20 overs. Australia, who were once cruising despite losing the two quick wickets, had a middle-order collapse of their own before Cummins and Richardon helped them cross the finish line.

10.15pm: Australia have pulled this off, with 7 wickets down and 14 needed in the final over. Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson have kept their cool to seal Australia’s win on the last ball of the 20th over. Umesh Yadav concedes 2 fours in the last over as India fail to defend 14 in the final over.

10.06pm: Jasprit Bumrah has done the trick for India while Australia have messed it up in a modest chase. First, Peter Handscomb top-edges one as MS Dhoni takes the catch and then disturbs the timber to send Nathan Coulter-Nile packing. Australia 7 down. Need 14 off the last over.

09.53pm: Australia have lost three wickets in a quick succession. Krunal Pandya has his first as Ashton Turner gets out bowled. Australia 5 down and India are making sure Australia have some nervous moments.

09.49pm: A mix up and D’Arcy Short is out run-out. Peter Handscomb taps one to the leg-side, complete a run and then Short and Handscomb have a yes-no-yes-no moment. At one point, the two are pretty parallel to each other, Krunal does well to throw it towards Dhoni, who hits it on the stumps. Short is short and Australia have lost 4th wicket.

09.40pm: Yuzvendra Chahal has removed Glenn Maxwell shortly after the Australian had crossed fifty. Maxwell fails to time that to perfection and KL Rahul makes no mistake as he catches that at long-off. Australia 3 down.

09.38pm: Fifty for Glenn Maxwell. He has played really well after Australia had lost Marcus Stoinis and Aaron Finch early. It’s Australia’s game from hereon. Australia 83/2 from 13 overs.

09.26pm: Glenn Maxwell is making merry in Vizag as Australia seem to have recovered from the loss of early wickets. The right-hander is having it easy against the Indian spinners till now.

09.18pm: 7 runs from his first over in international cricket for Mayank Markande and it’s 50 up for Australia in the 8th over.

09.16pm: Krunal Pandya starts well. just three runs off his first over and considering Maxwell was at the crease, India will not mind this. Australia 44/2 after 7 overs.

09.13pm: Glenn Maxwell has taken on Yuzvendra Chahal and it has worked well for Australia with 13 runs in the final over of the powerplay. Maxwell is looking in fine form here. Australia 41/2 after 6 overs.

09.09pm: 5 overs of Australian innings and Bumrah has bowled three of them with India in search of quick wickets at the top. Australia 28/2 from 5 overs.

09.04pm: Glenn Maxwell has taken on Umesh Yadav and how! Three fours in his first over and Australia have moved 22 from 4 overs.

08.56pm: Aaron Finch opts for a review but it stays out in the umpire’s call. Jasprit Bumrah has his first wicket and Australia 2 down for 5. India have made early inroads.

08.53pm: Australia have lost their first wicket as Marcus Stoinis gets out run-out on the final ball of the second over. D’Arcy Short taps one to the leg-side and Stoinis takes off. Umesh throws at the bowler’s end to catch Stoinis short. Australia 1 down.

08.48pm: Marcus Stoinis has walked out to bat alongside D’Arcy Short in place of Aaron Finch. The left-hander has scored the first four runs of the Australian chase.

08.39: While KL Rahul scored a fifty on a comeback, it was Nathan Coulter-Nile on a comeback as well who scalped three wickets to restrict India to 126/7 after 20 overs. India were 80/2 after 9.5 over but Rishabh Pant s run-out and Coluter-Nile s three wickets in two overs derailed the Indian innings with the hometeam managing to score only 46 runs in the last 10.1 overs, losing 5 wickets.

08.34pm: MS Dhoni hit a six in the final over but Australia have restricted India to 126/7 after 20 overs. Coulter-Nile scalped three while Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins got a wicket each.

08.28pm: MS Dhoni turns down a few singles with Chahal at the other end. Australia give away just four runs in the 19th over.

08.18pm: It’s raining wickets in Vizag as Pat Cummins removes Umesh Yadav in the 17th over. India 7 down for 109 with Dhoni still in the middle.

08.13pm: Yet another tight over from Australia as Jhye Richardson concedes just four runs in the 16th over. Australia have put brakes on the Indian innings and how! India 104/6 from 16 overs.

08.08pm: Nathan Coulter-Nile is on an absolute roll while India are in a disarray with 6 down for 100 as Krunal Pandya departs for 1. With 5 overs to go and only 4 wickets in hand, India will take anything more than 140 from hereon. MS Dhoni still in the middle.

08.03pm: Adam Zampa has bowled a one-run over to keep India under pressure after two wickets in the previous over bowled by Coulter-Nile. Krunal Pandya and MS Dhoni have an uphill task to take India to a respectable total from hereon. 95/5 after 14 overs.

07.59pm: Nathan Coulter-Nile has scalped two wickets in an over – first KL Rahul and then Dinesh Karthik – to push India on the backfoot. KL Rahul, who till now played those inside-out over-the-offside shots well, fails to connect this time around and Aaron Finch takes an easy catch at mid-off. Karthik joins Rahul in the dressing room as Coulter-Nile disturbs the timber to give Australia their fifth wicket. India 94/5 after 13 overs.

07.53pm: Fifty for KL Rahul on a comeback. He has done well to cash in on an opportunity. His sixth in the Twenty20 internationals. India 91/3 after 12 overs.


07.50pm: Australia have missed out on a chance to run out MS Dhoni after Peter Handscomb could not collect the throw from the deep cleanly. To Australia’s credit though they have managed to pull back India’s march. India 85/3 from 11 overs.

07.45pm: India 3 down. Rishabh Pant gets out run-out. Excellent work in the field from Jason Behrendorff. Pant tries to go past covers but the tall Australian pacer makes a brilliant save and throws the ball back to the wicketkeeper. Pant is long way out of his crease. India 3 down for 80 after 10 overs.

07.38pm: India 2 down as Adam Zampa scalps a big wicket of Virat Kohli. Kohli dances down the track and tries to clear the long-on but he has not hit that as clean as he would have liked and Nathan Coulter-Nile makes no mistake holding on to an easy catch. India 2 down.

07.35pm: Pat Cummins keeps the things tight in his first over. Just 6 runs off his first over. India 65/1 after 8 overs with KL Rahul batting on 37 and Virat Kohli on 21.

07.31pm: 10 runs in the first over after powerplay. A couple of wides from Adam Zampa and a four for KL Rahul. India move to 59 from 7 overs.


07.26pm: Two fours in the final over of powerplay, one on the first ball of the sixth over from Kohli and one on the last ball from KL Rahul. Coulter-Nile concedes 11 in his first over. India 49/1 after 6 overs.

07.22pm: Virat Kohli has joined the four-hitting party as he hits two fours off Behrendorff – one straight over the bowler’s head and second over the point. The scorecard is kept ticking. India 38/1 from 5 overs.

07.18: 2 fours in one over. KL Rahul has hit four fours in 4 overs. India have added 11 runs of the 4th over. 26/1.

07.11pm: WICKET! Early strike for Australia. Jason Behrendorff removes Rohit Sharma. The paddle over the short fine-leg does not go according to Rohit’s plan. Adam Zampa holds onto an easy catch. 3 overs gone, India 15/1.

07.09pm: KL Rahul has opened his account with a four and has then added one more on the last ball of the second over. India 12/0 after 2 overs.

07.05pm: Watchful start for India! Rohit is off the mark but KL Rahul is yet to get going. 1-run over from Jason Behrendorff. India 1/0.

06.37pm: Australia’s Playing XI: Aaron Finch (captain), D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb (wicketkeeper), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa

06.35pm: India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Mayank Markande, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

06.30pm: TOSS UPDATE: Aaron Finch has won the toss and Australia have elected to bowl. KL Rahul makes a comeback while Shikhar Dhawan is rested. Vijay Shankar is not a part of the playing XI.


06.27pm: Pitch Report: There should be a little bit of turn on this pitch. And India would want to play at least 2 spinners on this deck. This pitch will be at it’s best with the new ball. Team batting first would want to get a total of around 160 on the board. The skipper winning the toss would like to bat first.

06:21pm: Australia too have a debutante today and it’s Peter Handscomb who has become Australia’s 94th cap. He receives the cap from team-mate Marcus Stoinis.


06:15pm: BIG NEWS coming in is that Punjab legspinner Mayank Markande will make his debut today. That and lots more coming right up. Markande was earlier a pacer and paid heed to his coach Munish Bali to make the switch to spin. MORE HERE: How a hesitant Mayank Markande switched from pace to spin


Is Vizag in store for a Sunday fest? Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the first Twenty20 International between India and Australia that s all set to get underway at Visakhapatnam.

With the ICC World Cup 2019 on the horizon, the two Twenty20 Internationals prove to be meaningless. Captain Virat Kohli, who returns after being rested from the last two ODIs against New Zealand and the following three-match T20I series, too had said that it would have logical if there s would have been more one-dayers. That side, both teams will use these two matches as a training ground ahead of the five ODIs which begin on March 2. (ALSO READ: It would have been logical if there were couple of more ODIs ahead of the ICC World Cup: Virat Kohli)

While India look to be well-settled, Aaron Finch and Co. will have to do a little built of team building with the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who are still in doubt for the showpiece event at England. (Read the FULL PREVIEW)

Preview package:

VIDEO: Deep Dasgupta list five things Indian fans can watch out for in upcoming Australia series

VIDEO: Virat Kohli and Co. cannot let ICC World Cup defending champions gain momentum

VIDEO: MS Dhoni brings out the big shots during nets

Quotes: We will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL: Virat Kohli

Quotes: I am ready for the ICC World Cup 2019, will give my best: Mohammed Shami

Quotes: Perfect opportunity for youngsters to grab ICC World Cup 2019 spots: Aaron Finch

Sidelines: Matthew Hayden drops in at Australia nets, visitors rope in domestic wrist spinners in set-up