India vs Australia: India won the match by 37 runs. Back-to-back wins for India, although in different formats of the game. A superb Republic Day for India in Adelaide, first, the ladies chased down their highest ever T20I score to stun Australia. Now, with another World Cup in India less than two months away, he is being forced to confront questions about his sell-by-date not only as a captain but also as an international cricketer.
Virat Kohli’s love affair with Adelaide continued as he smashed his highest individual score in Twenty20s. His unbeaten 90, combined with his 134-run stand with Suresh Raina have helped India reach a big total. Warner and Finch meant business, right from the first ball. They were helped along by some ordinary bowling by Ashwin. Bumrah came in and provided the visitors with some relief, Warner fell for 17.
Kohli is the MoM for his 90*
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra
Bench: Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade(w), James Faulkner, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Shaun Tait
Bench: Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland, Andrew Tye, John Hastings
Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to field
Umpires: Simon Fry (Australia) and John Ward (Australia)
TV umpire: Paul Wilson (Australia)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)
Kohli: I really like playing here, would like to take the pitch to everywhere I go. Our T20 Word Cup preparation starts from here, we will go on from this game. It was a good batting strip, the ball came nicely onto the bat, I could play my shots. The crowd have been brilliant as well, they have supported us very well right throughout the tour.
Finch: We let ourselves down in the field, an unbelievable innings from Kohli. We were surprised with the amount of spin, but we had eight batsmen plus Faulkner, at the end of the day, we had the batsmen to chase it down. I thought we bowled well, might have conceded 10-15 runs too many. 170 would have been a slightly easier chase, the ball stopped a bit under lights and one or two batsmen failed to adapt to the surface.