Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Australia win a rain-affected thriller in Brisbane!

Australia win a rain-affected thriller in Brisbane!

Opener Shikhar Dhawan Wednesday said poor fielding cost India the game after the visitors lost by four runs via D/L method against Australia in the tour opening first Twenty20 global here at the Gabba.

Due to the Duckworth-Lewis system India needed 174 for victory, and they fell four runs short as Australia drew first blood in the best-of-three series.

"Aggression depends on the situation on the field".

"If the opposition are aggressive towards you then you will counter it", Kohli said in a translated interview. "If that line is crossed we stand up to that", Kohli said.

"But aggression can also mean how much effort you are putting in for each wicket as a team". You can see that in body language, when bowlers bowl and how long they can keep hitting the same area.

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Poised to charge at 3/153 off 16.1 overs, heavy rain swept through Brisbane and delayed the hosts' innings by nearly an hour.

"We believe all players chosen deserve their selection in the squad, and we're confident given the opportunity all will apply themselves well against India".

He arrives in Australia in top form after scoring three centuries in a five-match one-day series against the West Indies. An appeal to reduce their bans was turned down by Cricket Australia on Tuesday morning. "That's not racially vilifying him (Kohli) at all or anything like that but just a good stare, or a couple of words, that's part of the Australian way", Hughes told Canberra Times.

"We all saw what happened".

Now recovering from knee surgery, Khawaja has been named in the Australian squad for the first Test against India at the Gabba on December 6.

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Crucially new batsman Krunal Pandya was on strike and after scrambling a two of the first ball, he missed the second and was caught brilliantly by a diving Maxwell on the third delivery. "We will have to be at our best to beat Australia in Australia", he said.

"If Ashwin plays, then I am playing (Peter) Handscomb as he helps negate Ashwin", Lehmann said. You can never underestimate any side. The quality of cricket we played there was very high but our mistakes were as radical and that's why we lost the games.

Cummins and Hazlewood managed to stay fit for all five Tests during their Ashes triumph over England past year and their fitness will be crucial for the hosts in their quest to topple India.

"I think Josh, Starcy and I are all going to rest up this Shield game and be right to go in Adelaide", Cummins told reporters in Sydney on Thursday. "And a really good knock from Shikhar (for us)".

It eased the pressure on Australia who have been struggling to find their feet after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March. This time around, we definitely want to change that.

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