Australia pulled off a stunning victory to begin the T20I series against India.
A short rain delay shook up proceedings at The Gabba as Australia accumulated a strong total on the board with the help of Glenn Maxwell (46) and Chris Lynn (37).
Chasing 174 in 17 overs, a thrilling knock of 76 from the opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t steer India to victory as the hosts pressured their opponents with a strong display in the field.
It got tight towards the end with the tourists moving from needing 60 from 24 to 13 from the final over, but a brilliant effort at the death from all-rounder Marcus Stoinis ensured the Aussies finished the game victorious.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the match:
India scoring more than Australia yet losing. Australia ke score par laga GST bhaari pad gaya. But a good thrilling game to start the series.#AUSvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 21, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 21, 2018
A really cracker of a game to begin what promises to be a really good series. Wonderful innings from Shikhar and useful contributions from DK and Pant but in the end Stoinis handled his nerves well. Good game nonetheless #AusvInd
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 21, 2018
How often does that happen? Completely understand why it happened….but can’t resist a smile thinking about the oddity. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 21, 2018
Congrats on the win Australia a bloody good tough and courageous win. This Indian team are a very strong outfit and super competitive too. It’s going to be a great summer of cricket ! See you at the MCG Friday night 👍
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 21, 2018
India paid the price for dropping Chahal.
Krunal Pandya bowled 4 overs for 55 runs & no wicket. India would have been chasing 20 runs less in all likelihood if Chahal was playing. Play Krunal as batsman if you want to, but not as replacement to Chahal.#AUSvsIND
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 21, 2018
Well done boys good gutsy win in the end and first blow to the Aussies for the summer v India.😀🙏
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) November 21, 2018
A great nail-biter to begin. Wonderful innings from @SDhawan25 and some absolute clean hitting by @DineshKarthik but Australia manage to win. Good entertainment to start the series #AusvInd pic.twitter.com/foDHClcT97
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 21, 2018
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) November 21, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) November 21, 2018
maxwell in the middle of another IPL auction audition #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 21, 2018
Such a closely fought game, too bad it dint go our way. This is going to be a cracking series. #AusvsInd
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 21, 2018
India run out of steam. Good effort to chase down a tough target but not good enough to win. Well played Australia!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 21, 2018
Dinesh Karthik in T20I chases:
8 times Not out – 8 wins for India
3 times Dismissed – 3 losses for India/World XI#AUSvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) November 21, 2018
Fielding the difference between India and Australia today. The one complete controllable factor and Aussies have delivered. #AusvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) November 21, 2018
Australia: 158 runs
India: 169 runs
India and Duckworth Lewis: pic.twitter.com/2TaVmLmeaK
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) November 21, 2018
Anushka: Say those three magical words.
— Saanvi (@Lil_MissTrolls) November 21, 2018