India started their tour of Australia by losing the opening match of the three-match T20I series by four runs at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Rain impacted the rain, India had to chase a target of 174 in 17 overs. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan managed against Australian attack. After Dhawan’s dismissal, the responsibility rested on young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and Nidhas Trophy 2018 hero Dinesh Karthik. Pant and Karthik’s presence kept India in the contest. And India captain Virat Kohli thinks Pant’s departure tilted the decision in favour of the hosts.
“It was a close game, was a see-saw battle. Started well with the bat, fumbled in the middle overs, in the end, we thought we’ll win with Pant and Karthik but it changed again with Pant’s dismissal,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.