Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Khawaja hits back at Aussie greats in tense on-air exchange

Khawaja hits back at Aussie greats in tense on-air exchange

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan kept the touring side in the hunt through a 42-ball 76 but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals to allow the required run rate to climb beyond their reach.

India has won its last seven T20 series, while Australia is coming off back-to-back series losses to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and at home against South Africa.

Storms reduced Wednesday's tour opener to a 17-over-a-side fixture, with India requiring 174 for victory after the hosts posted 4-158.

In 11 T20 innings against Australia, Kohli has four half-centuries and a top score of 90 not out.

"I think we were all disappointed in what happened a long time ago and we've all spoken about it until we were red in the face".

This was after Maxwell hit four sixes in a whirlwind knock before rain came, after Chris Lynn scored 37 runs off 20 balls to help Australia recover from a slow start.

At one stage Australia were 153/3 in 16.1 overs. Glenn Maxwell was the star batsman for Australia, hammering 46 runs off 24 balls.

Lynn had hit four sixes, including one that travelled 108m to be caught in the Gabba's top tier, while Aaron Finch (27 from 24) and Stoinis (33 not out from 19) also found the boundary.

"If all goes well I should be available for the next shield game".

Usman Khawaja caught up with Darren Lehmann prior to the Australian's first T20 at the Gabba and provided an update on his condition ahead of the first test at Adelaide oval on December 6.

Australia's ODI and T20 captain Aaron Finch, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and batsman Glenn Maxwell are among those who have missed out on chances to push their Test claims in the Shield due to the schedule clash.

While the focus for Australian cricket, after the damning Longstaff culture report, has been to approach the game with a mellowed down attitude, Hughes said that a bit of just a good stare, or a couple of words, that's part of the Australian way should be there, and against Kohli they can not become "pussycats".

"I thought some of our bowling was outstanding as well under a lot of pressure".

Shane Warne has India as favourites for the upcoming Test series in Australia because his former side are at such a low ebb following a tough year. Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake and Jason Behrendorff took a wicket apiece helping Australia register a thrilling final over the win.

India squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav.

"'The Sydney match has been sold out for weeks, and we are looking at a blockbuster crowd at the MCG on Friday".

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