First T-20: Australia beat India in last-ball thriller

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First T-20: Australia beat India in last-ball thriller

While addressing the post match press conference in Visakhapatnam, India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said, "I was just focusing on what my strengths are and what the wicket is because the wicket was little hard to bat on".

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

Captain Aaron Finch would love to be back among the runs and the team will be expecting another blinder from Glenn Maxwell, who hit 56 off 43 deliveries in Vizag.

Australia's match-winner Glenn Maxwell and gun Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah both defended Dhoni for farming the strike.

The best-of-five ODIs, commencing on March 2, form the last set of 50-over games that the Virat Kohli-led India will play before the mega event in England.

"We knew Pat has the composure to bat well".

"It's always good when you got competition in the team".

"I said [at the time] "if anyone could go out there and face their first ball in the last over and get us 14 it's probably Pat Cummins", Maxwell said. Rahul looked tentative at the start, fumbling with deliveries offered by the pacers. I think we could have lost the match easily if it wasn't for him.

Australia needed to score 16 runs off the last two overs.

"With the bowling effort, we were pleased". Never thought we would be in this situation but Bumrah can do wonders when the ball is reversing.

"And (debutant) Mayank (Markande) too did well in the middle overs".

Maxwell and Short then produced a vital partnership, though the former survived a direct hit for a run out when on 35 before reaching his half-century.

The build up to the match was dominated by talk of the domestic campaign calling on India to boycott its match against arch-rivals Pakistan in the upcoming 50-over World Cup, after dozens of Indian troops in occupied Kashmir were killed earlier this month in a suicide bomb attack.

"Anything is possible right now".

"I have no idea if I'm going to be in that World Cup squad or what number I'm going to bat, so I suppose it just comes down to opportunity - if I can keep making most of opportunities like tonight", he said. Much like their cat and mouse game in the list of most runs in the Indian Premier League, the pair is expected to play the same battle over here as well.

Australia, on the other hand, will be fancying a rare series win against India in recent times, especially after losing the Test and ODI series at home to Kohli's team.

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