Uncapped Marcus Harris, Chris Tremin in AUS squad for Test series

The opening Twenty20 worldwide fixture between hosts Australia and India witnessed a thrilling finish as the held nerves to bail out the game by four runs at Brisbane.

"The game has evolved".

Australia clung on for a four-run victory in the first Twenty20 clash with India in Brisbane after play was limited to 17 overs apiece due to rain. But with 24 needed from the last two, the game was evenly poised.

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.

"You can only go on what you play on but the game's evolving and unless you're playing it and you're part of it you do feel like sometimes there is a bit of a disconnect between what the players are trying to achieve and what the outside world, especially traditionalists and former players, are seeing". And Dhawan wasn´t far behind, caught on the boundary ropes attempting an upper cut off Billy Stanlake´s bowling.

Pant then departed and left India needing 13 off the final over. Marcus Stoinis was the key for the hosts with his slower ones and took two wickets.

Maxwell crunched four sixes - including a hat-trick off one Krunal Pandya over - to race to 46, and even sent one cannoning off the overhead camera, which either gave him a life or denied him a six depending on what colour jersey you were wearing.

Earlier, Glenn Maxwell (46) and Stoinis combined well, belting 78 runs for the fourth wicket to leave India to chase a revised target of 174 in 17 overs, after nearly an hour was lost due to rain during Australia's innings.

At one stage Australia were 153/3 in 16.1 overs. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have put together a 78 run partnership off just 36 balls.

Tremain, who earned his place in the squad with three five-wicket hauls for Victoria, and highly experienced quick Peter Siddle are unlikely to get a run unless there is an injury or Australia decide to go with a four-pronged pace attack. "He bowled well and with a lot of control", said Dhawan.

India were sloppy in the field as they dropped a couple of catches and were not very convincing in the outfield as well. "We're won't be taking anything for granted".

Khawaja said he respected the opinions of past players, but said they weren't in the best position to be commenting.

The "blockbuster crowd" for the MCG game is throwback to the halcyon days of one-day cricket in the 1980s and 1990s when the stands would be regularly packed. "It's a see-saw game". For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers claiming 2 scalps in his 4 overs.

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

  • Stacy Allen