Visakhapatnam, February 25: Australia defeated India by three wickets in the opening T20I played in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Needing two off the final ball, Australia had Pat Cummins to thank for getting them across the line.
Needing 14 runs to win in the last over, it was India’s game to lose as Umesh Yadav was hit for two boundaries in the last over. Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics in the penultimate over went in vain as he gave away just two runs and picked two wickets to bring India back in the match.
Glenn Maxwell top-scored for Australia with 56 runs off 43 balls. His innings included six fours and two sixes.
Earlier, India stuttered to 126/7 in 20 overs in the first T20 International against Australia. KL Rahul was the top-scorer for India with 50 off 36 balls while MS Dhoni remained unbeaten till the end as he managed 29 runs from 37 balls.
Captain Virat Kohli who made his comeback after a brief break from the game, looked good until he got out for 24 runs. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, taking three wickets for just 26 runs.