Ranchi, India (AP) — India scored 49-1 in 5.3 overs and beat Australia by nine wickets in a rain-affected first Twenty20 on Saturday.
Australia were 118-8 in 18.4 overs when rain intervened for nearly 90 minutes and curtailed their innings. The contest was reduced to six overs and India’s revised target was 48.
After an almost two-hour delay, the match resumed. Rohit Sharma fell for 11, bowled off Nathan Coulter-Nile.
But Virat Kohli, 22 not out, and Shikhar Dhawan, 15 not out, had no trouble knocking off the required runs with three balls to spare.
India lead the three-match series 1-0, with the second on Tuesday in Guwahati.
Put into bat, Australia lost stand-in skipper David Warner for 8 as he played on off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 1-28.
Aaron Finch (42) and Glenn Maxwell (17) put on 47 runs for the second wicket. Maxwell perished whilst trying to attack the bowling, caught at midwicket off Yuzvendra Chahal.
Australia crossed 50 in the seventh over. The turning point came when Kuldeep Yadav bowled Finch in the 10th over for the first of his two wickets.
Australia collapsed from 76-3 to 89-5. Yadav bowled Moises Henriques for 8, and Hardik Pandya dismissed Travis Head on 9 in the same fashion.
Kohli ran out Daniel Christian on 9 with a direct throw from the deep. Christian and Tim Paine (17) helped Australia past 100 in the 17th over, but runs came only in a trickle. Jasprit Bumrah returned to bowl Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile (1).