After India lost to Australia in the series opening 1st T20I at Brisbane, skipper Virat Kohli conceded that they fumbled in the middle-order chasing a revised target of 174 in 17 overs.
After India lost to Australia in the series opening 1st T20I at Brisbane, skipper Virat Kohli conceded that they fumbled in the middle-order chasing a revised target of 174 in 17 overs.

After India lost to Australia in the series opening 1st T20I at Brisbane, skipper Virat Kohli conceded that they fumbled in the middle-order chasing a revised target of 174 in 17 overs.

Australia posted 158/4, after their rain interrupted play for an hour in the 17th, the target was revised and even though Shikhar Dhawan scored a 42-ball 76, up the order, Adam Zampa’s double-strike in the form of KL Rahul (13) and Kohli (4). Zampa walked away with the Man-of-the-Match award for 4-0-22-2.

“It was a close game, exciting one for the crowd to watch and for the players as well,” said Kohli during the post-match presentation. “We started well with the bat, fumbled in the middle overs, in the end we thought we’ll win with Pant and Karthik but it changed again with Pant’s dismissal.

“On the day, if we can have three-four guys to stand up for the team, that’s what we want,” he said.

After Billy Stanlake got rid of of Dhawan in the 12th over, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant combined for a stand of 51 runs in just 17 balls to revive India, but Pant fell in the penultimate over to shift the momentum in Australia’s favour. Marcus Stoinis then defended 13 in the final over, giving away eight runs, clinching the match for Australia.

Kohli though was all praise for Dhawan, who became the highest run-getter in T20Is this year during his knock, surpassing Pakistaná Fakhar Zaman.

“He’s a very strong player at the top of the order. Hasn’t got a T20 hundred yet, but the way he plays it really benefits the team,” added Kohli.

Dhawan’s 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.