Kohli spoils Australia's party in Adelaide

Australia had little to celebrate on Australia Day as India claimed a 37-run victory in the first Twenty20 international in Adelaide.

Virat Kohli continued his blistering form against Australia hitting 90 not out, having already notched two hundreds and two half-centuries in their 4-1 one-day international series defeat.

Despite losing two wickets in the fourth over, Kohli and Suresh Raina, who hit 41, helped the tourists set a testing target after finishing 188 for three.

Australia began their run chase brightly, racing out to 34 without loss in the first three overs before Jasprit Bumrah, who finished with 3-23 in his first T20 international, bagged the wicket of David Warner for 17.

Aaron Finch’s 44 off 33 balls and Steven Smith’s 21 gave the hosts hope but spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja dismissed both and Australia struggled to build any partnerships thereafter.

Debutants Jasprit Bumrah, left, and Hardik Pandya enjoy themselves as India upset Australia's party in Adelaide

Debutant Hardik Pandya, who bowled five wides in his first over in international cricket, picked up the wickets of Chris Lynn and Matthew Wade as Australia were eventually bowled out for 151.

Earlier, Cricket Austalia confirmed that head coach Darren Lehnmann would not travel to New Zealand for their three-match one-day international series, which starts in Auckland on February 3.

The 45-year-old awaits medical clearance to fly after last week being hospitalised with deep vein thrombosis.

CA chief medical officer Dr John Orchard said: “Darren is in good health and feeling well at the moment but is still awaiting medical clearance for us to be satisfied that it is safe for him to fly. As such he will not travel to New Zealand for the one-day international series.

“He is meeting with specialists in Sydney later this week and will have repeat scans on Friday to check his progress. It is anticipated he will be fit to resume work in the coming weeks.”


Source: ECB

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