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1st T20I: Australia beat India by three wickets

File photo of Australia's Glenn Maxwell. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India Feb 24, 2019, 09.31 PM (IST)

Australia defeated India by three wickets to win the first T20I international on Sunday. Glenn Maxwell's firework Sunday kept Australia on track as the visitors look to chase India's 127 runs target.
Maxwell along with D Arcy Short established a partnership of over 60 runs to help his side recover from the early losses. However, Maxwell was dismissed for 56 runs. Australia lost early two wickets - Marcus Stoinis and Aaron Finch - for just five runs.

Earlier, India were restricted to a mere 126 runs with opener KL Rahul top-scored for the side and reached his brilliant half-century to put up a decent total. However, he was dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile for 50.

His 36-ball inning includes six boundaries and one six.

Meanwhile, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni failed to score any big runs despite playing 37 balls. he remained not out for 29 which includes just one six.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Kl Rahul established a fifty-run partnership to lift India from the early loss of Rohit Sharm, who was dismissed for five runs.  

Things were going strong for India when Kohli was sent back to the pavilion by Adam Zampa for 24 runs which included three sixes. 

The two played some phenomenal shots to help the team recover.

Rohit, who opened with KL Rahul, was dismissed by Jason Behrendorff while trying to hit a cheeky paddle over short fine. Earlier, Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl.