Difficult times continued for Team India as Australia again beat the visitors in the first T20 international played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australia defeated India by 34 runs. It was another sorry day for the fighting Indians for whom things are not just going their way.
After winning the toss, Australia decided to have a go at the bowling first. The 60,000 strong crowd had gathered to see some David Warner magic like the one they saw in the recently concluded Test series.
But it was not to be. It was not David Warner’s day, at least with the
The totalof 171 did look a bit challenging initially. The target of 172 looked humongous when Virender Sehwag was sent back in the very first over by Brett Lee only after scoring four runs. But it was Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli who carried the innings forward with a partnership of 41 runs.
However, Indian batsmen, who are known for playing the spin bowling well, started crumbling. Gambhir was the first to go for spin to the bowling of David Hussey. Kohli fell to Brad Hogg caught brilliantly by David Warner on the ropes. Rohit Sharma who got the first match of the tour, returned with a golden duck to Hussey again.
The required run rate was climbing fast. M S Dhoni and R Ashwin tried to make a match of it by putting 59 runs for the unbroken seventh wicket. Dhoni missed his maiden T20I half-century by only two runs as he ran out of overs. India lost another match to Australia in the series.