Kohli inspires India to victory against Australia


Virat Kohli's career-best 90 not out was followed up by some stifling spin bowling as India comfortably defeated Australia by 37 runs in their first Twenty20 International in Adelaide.

Kohli dominated Australia's bowling attack and played an inspirational role in India taking a 1-0 lead in the three-game series, though he fell short of a fourth successive hundred at the Adelaide Oval - the previous three coming in two Tests and a one-day international.

Suresh Raina (41) provided strong support to the 27-year-old, while a late cameo from MS Dhoni (11 not out) saw India reach 188-3.

Australia started the chase strongly, taking 56 runs from the powerplay, but India's spinners took over and the wickets began to fall rapidly.

Jasprit Bumrah (3-23) claimed his maiden T20I wicket with the key dismissal of David Warner (17) in the sixth over, with Ravindra Jadeja (2-21) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-28) helping end the hosts response at 151.

With the World T20 on the horizon, tournament hosts India will take great confidence from a comprehensive win, while Australia's experimental side was left lacking in all departments.

Playing in his first international since an ODI in India in 2011, Shaun Tait's return got off to a less than ideal start as he was hit for two boundaries by Rohit Sharma (31) in his opening over, going on to post figures of 0-45.

Kane Richardson (0-41) and James Faulkner (1-43) fared little better, although the latter was perhaps unlucky when he bowled Raina on 14, only for a dead ball to be called as the batsman backed away from the crease late.

Aaron Finch (44) shared partnerships worth 47 and 42 runs with Warner (17) and Steve Smith, but the latter's dismissal for 21 sparked the swift demise of the hosts' innings.

Travis Head (2) and Chris Lynn (17), two of the most potent batsmen in the recent Big Bash League, could not lift Australia through the middle overs, debutant Hardik Pandya recovering from his first over in international cricket going for 19 - including five wides - to dismiss BBL top scorer Lynn.

Australia's chances were running out, with big-hitting duo Matthew Wade (5) and Faulkner (10) failing to reverse the tide as India seized the series initiative.