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Australia vs India: 1st T20I- Australia Player Ratings

The Aussies won by four runs.

Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

India’s campaign in Australia didn’t start off in an auspicious note as they lost the opening T20I in Brisbane by a meagre four runs (DLS Method). The Aussies racked up 158 runs in 17 overs after a spell of rain during the second half of their innings. India came out all guns blazing, chasing the revised target of 174 runs. Shikhar Dhawan looked good with a knock of 76 runs.

However, following his dismissal, the visitors stumbled a wee bit. Aaron Finch and Co needed 13 runs to defend off the last over and they did the same expertly courtesy of a superb final over from medium pacer Marcus Stoinis. The defeat also means that the visitors now need to win both their next matches in Melbourne and Sydney respectively in order to win the series.

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Here we rate the Australian players on their performance

D’Arcy Short- 1

The left-hander was lackslusre during his stay in the middle. He scored seven runs from 12 balls with a solitary boundary and never looked like finding rhythm. The Katherine-born cricketer was eventually dismissed by left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed in the fifth over when the batsman tried to break the shackles with an almighty heave. Kuldeep Yadav took an impressive catch.

Aaron Finch- 6

The Victorian didn’t go hammer and tongs but ensured the scoreboard kept moving. The experienced campaigner scored 27 runs from 24 balls with three boundaries. Moreover, he built a useful stand of 40 runs with Chris Lynn. He was eventually nipped out by Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. The batter tried to play against the spin and Khaleel took an easy catch at backward point.

Chris Lynn- 8

Lynn’s knock of 37 runs from 20 balls was the one, which injected momentum into the Australian innings. He didn’t die wondering in the middle and took the bowlers by the scruff of their necks. He was severe on Khaleel and took him for quite a few runs. Kuldeep got rid of the big fish in the first ball of the 11th over when the Queenslander gave a simple caught and bowled chance.

Glenn Maxwell- 9

Maxwell hasn’t had the best of times of late. But he was in a different zone tonight with the willow in hand. He came to bat after Finch’s dismissal and raced away to 46 runs from 24 balls with four sixes. The right-hander smacked Krunal for three sixes in the bowler’s final over. Jasprit Bumrah got the better of him in the final over, but by then he had already done the damage.

Marcus Stoinis- 9.5

Stoinis was arguably one of the reasons why the Aussies prevailed in the close encounter. The all-rounder racked up 33 runs from 19 balls with three boundaries and a six. His stand of 78 runs with Maxwell helped the home team put up 158 runs. He also picked up the prized wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya apart from bowling the final over of the encounter.

Ben McDermott- 2

McDermott didn’t have much to do as far as the match is concerned. He came out bat after Maxwell’s dismissal in the 17th over. The Brisbane-born batter only got three balls to face in which he could score a couple of runs and stayed not out.

Alex Carey- 4

The wicketkeeper didn’t get a chance to bat. Nevertheless, he did his bit with the gloves behind the wicket. In the third ball of the ninth over, he displayed some efficient glovework behind the wickets, dismissing KL Rahul, who was looking ominous with 13 runs from 12 balls. Adam Zampa produced a peach and the batsman beaten. Carey took off the bails without much trouble.

Andrew Tye- 4

The fast bowler didn’t have the best of days with the ball in hand as he conceded 47 runs in his three overs and was the day’s most expensive bowler. He didn’t hit the right channels owing to which the batsmen laid into him. However, he made amends with Rishabh Pant’s wicket in the 16th over when the left-hander threatened to take the match away from the opponents.

Adam Zampa- 9

Zampa, the Man of the Match, was effortlessly Australia’s best bowler of the night. Rahul became his first victim and he also accounted for the prized scalp of Indian captain Virat Kohli in the 11th over when the Aussies needed some quick wickets. The leg-break bowler finished with jaw-dropping figures of 4-0-22-2 on a strip which didn’t have much to offer for the bowlers.

Jason Behrendroff- 5

The left-arm pacer was expensive with the ball after ending with 4-0-43-1. He wasn’t able to curb the run flow. He initially had reasons to cheer though when he got rid of Rohit Sharma in the fifth over after India got off to a handsome start. Rohit tried to lift the ball over the on-side and miserably failed to time the stroke. Skipper Finch took an impressive catch, running backwards.

Billy Stanlake- 5

Stanlake went for a few runs and he ended with a spell of 3-0-27-1. He got the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, who looked to be a bone in Australia’s flesh. The speedster hurled in a bouncer and Dhawan backed away to use the pace of the ball. To the bowler’s delight, the leather went straight down the throat of Behrendroff, who was standing at the third man region.

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