Australia beat India by four runs in their first Twenty20 international in Brisbane on Wednesday, despite a fighting 76 from Shikhar Dhawan in a rain-reduced match.

After being put in to bat, Australia lost opener D Arcy Short early for 7 to Khaleel Ahmed in the series opener 1st T20I at Brisbane

Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn then combined for a stand of 44 runs in just 26 balls, before Finch was caught for 27

Lynn departed soon after, scoring 37 off 20 as Kuldeep Yadav collected his second scalp of the day

Glenn Maxwell then took center stage hitting 46 off 24 balls and got together with Marcus Stoinis for a stand of 78 runs taking Australia to 158/4

Rain halted play for an hour and the match was reduced to 17 overs a side with India needing to chase a revised target of 174

In reply, India lost Rohit Sharma early to Jason Behrendorff for 7

Adam Zampa then struck twice removing KL Rahul for 13 and Virat Kohli for 4

Shikhar Dhawan though continued his good form in the format scoring 76 off 42 balls. In the process he became the highest run-getter in T20Is this year, He fell to Billy Stanlake

Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik then took India close to the target, but Pant fell in the penultimate over to shift the balance in Australia s favour

Marcus Stoinis then defended 13 runs in the last over, giving away just 8. He got the wickets of Krunal Pandya and Karthik as Australia beat India by four runs