Australia beat India by three wickets in a thrilling T20

Matthew Hayden drops in at Oz nets

Matthew Hayden drops in at Oz nets

The best partnership was 55 for the second wicket between Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli (24 off 17 balls). Bumrah can do wonders with the ball when it is reversing and did exceptionally well to get us in the game.

India will be locking horns against Australia in the first of the two-match T20I series in Vizag.

Australia required 38 runs from 40 balls when Maxwell departed, having steadied in style. "MS is obviously a world-class finisher and even he was finding it hard to hit the middle of the bat".

"If I can turn those sort of innings into not out 75-ish and be consistent that way, I think I can probably go a long way to pencilling my name in for the World Cup squad".

"In the way we got ourselves into trouble in the last over, we probably should have lost".

Bumrah, who acknowledged that the home team were 15-20 short in their first innings, added that Dhoni's knock at least gave them a fighting total to try and defend.

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"I was just trying to get forward, stay as low as I could and try and cover my stumps", he said.

Put into bat, opener Rahul scored a half-century on comeback but an inexplicable batting collapse found India restricted to a paltry 126 for 7 in 20 overs.

For Australia, Nathan Coulter-Nile took 3 for 26 in four overs.

As a bowling unit, Australia had made a decision to go straight, said Maxwell.

India's wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (1-28 in 4 overs) and debutant Mayank Markande (0-31 in 4 overs) couldn't make much of an impact on Maxwell, who blasted both of them for towering sixes.

Further clues will come when Langer's team and India meet in a five-match ODI series that starts in Hyderabad on Saturday. We have been playing a bit of cricket in the BBL. And then, KL Rahul's dismissal. "We didn't let him get away and he then tried to go over mid-off that was inside the circle". I suppose India wouldn't have known what was a par score on that wicket and we certainly didn't know either.

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