International Cricket: 1st Twenty20 Match of the 2018 Gillette T20 Series: Australia v India 1st Innings Write-Up at The Gabba in Brisbane


Virat Kohli called Heads with India while Aaron Finch went for Tails in Australian colours.

Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first in a hard-wicket at The Gabba in Brisbane.

1st Innings, First Ten Overs

The left of D’Arcy Short & right of Aaron Finch’s opening combination fired off steadily.

Aaron Finch nearly made a mistake when he drives into the air through extra cover.

But Virat Kohli dropped with slippery both hands.

The next ball, Finch capitalized back to back fours as Australia 0-24 in four overs.

Although, D’Arcy Short tried to hit the straight drive down the ground trying to be aggressive.

But it ended up high early where it landed straight to Kuldeep Yadav’s hands.

Khaleel Ahmed secured his 1st victim of Short with Australia 1-31.

Finch continued to bat on while Chris Lynn stepped in and made a splash with a few sixes in hand.

Lynn has excellent temperament where he used his feet, stayed still and followed up.

These three areas allowed Lynn to whack a big drive golfer’s shot into the stands.

Aaron Finch looked to hit big down the wicket for six.

However, he tapped the outside edge without the full face of the bat.

When Finch whacked too early, the ball went straight to Khaleel Ahmed’s hands as he left on 30, Australia 2-64.

Chris Lynn continued to showcase his quickfire displays with the bat but not for very long.

1st Innings, Overs 10 to 17

Lynn tried to take the straight drive before he whacked a bit too deep through hard hands.

With no speed, it proved too easy for Kuldeep Yadav with the caught & bowl play.

As Lynn walks off on 37, Australia 3-75 and Marcus Stoinis join Glenn Maxwell in the crease.

A couple of India’s mistakes on the field plus some inconsistent deliveries helped Australia reach 104 by the 13th over.

Maxwell hits three straight sixes where he managed to keep his shape, and the placement through his follow through allowed his bat to click.

When Maxwell batted through soft hands, his bat has done the speed hitting over the stands.

Marcus Stoinis may have mistimed the cut in the air through the third man.

But India’s fielding woes continue when Khaleel Ahmed dropped an easy catch.

Immediately, the covers came on as the rain arrives with Australia 3-153 in 16.1 overs.

It took nearly an hour before the rain stopped as the umpires cut three overs.

Though, Australia returned to bat with only five balls to go before they conclude their run chase at the 17th over.

Maxwell was about to hit big again.

But he couldn’t find the man with the flick shot at mid-wicket when Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the catch on 44.

Australia concludes their innings on 4-158 as India need 174 runs off 17 overs to win.

According to the Duckworth-Lewis Method, This is how the revised playing conditions will play out after the ten-minute break:

  • There will be a Powerplay of five.
  • Two Bowlers can bowl a maximum of four overs.
  • Three Bowlers can bowl only three overs.

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