INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!!!India 202-4 (19.4 overs) vs Australia 201-7
What an amazing comeback by Yuvraj! He smashed his way to 77 not out from 35 balls, hitting eight fours and five sixes, at an astonishing strike rate of 220.
Dhoni played a subdued knock, hitting 24 from 21 balls, as the duo were involved in an unbroken stand of 102 runs from 51 balls that helped India turnaround things in the final few overs.
In the end, Australia's slow batting in the final few overs proved costly. India timed their chase to perfection and one felt they always had things under control despite chasing a huge 202 for victory.
India will go into the seven-match ODI series in a confident frame of mind and will look to continue their winning run against Australia. The first ODI will be played in Pune, on Sunday, October 13, with the match start timing revised to 1330 hours IST.
INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!!!India 202-4 (19.4 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Watson bangs it short and Yuvraj pulls it to deep square leg for a single. Dhoni throws his bat at a wide delivery but he is beaten...6 needed from 4 balls for victory.
Dhoni calms the nerves in the Indian dressing room as he crashes it through the covers for a four. 2 needed from 3 balls.
That boundary also brings up the 100-run partnership from just 50 balls between the two batsmen, with Dhoni contributing just 24 and Yuvraj hitting 69 of them.
Dhoni drives a full toss through the covers for a couple to take India to victory.
- ScorecardIndia 195-4 (19 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Dhoni picks another easy single to hand the strike back to Yuvraj. Faulkner bowls a wide full toss and Yuvraj hits it between short thirdman and point for a four to move to 74 and register his highest score in T20 internationals.
10 needed from 10 balls before Yuvraj takes one to midwicket before Dhoni also continues to take the singles.
Yuvraj takes a quick single to point before Dhoni plays out a dot ball.
- ScorecardIndia 187-4 (18 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Dhoni playing second fiddle as he taps Coulter-Nile on the off-side for a single to give the strike back to Yuvraj.
No stopping Yuvraj as he flays the pacer over the off-side region for another boundary followed by a single.
Dhoni still content to play it safe as he taps a low full toss to long-off for a single.
The last ball is a full toss which Yuvraj carts over midwicket for his fifth six to race to 70 from a mere 31 balls.
- ScorecardIndia 173-4 (17 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Yuvraj in full flow as he lofts Faulkner back over his head for a six to bring up his fifty in grand style, from 25 balls.
The next ball is full and Yuvraj plays his favourite shot, the flick over midwicket for another maximum.
Faulkner then bowls a big wide down the leg side to gift five extras as 20 runs come from that over.
India now need 29 runs from 18 balls for victory.
- ScorecardIndia 153-4 (16 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Australia take a risk by bring back left-arm spinner Doherty against Dhoni and Yuvraj.
He is bowling it quick and full as Dhoni defends the first ball before taking one on the leg side.
Yuvraj tries to heave it on the leg side but can't make proper connection for just one and Dhoni takes a single too.
Yuvraj gets the much-needed boundary as he smashes it through midwicket but can only defend the last ball.
A good over from Doherty, giving away just seven runs to leave India to get 49 from four overs for victory.
- ScorecardIndia 146-4 (15 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Coulter-Nile is lucky as Yuvraj misses a full toss but he lofts the next ball over mid-off for a four to race to 35 from 17 balls at a strike rate of more than 200.
The pacer then bowls a wide down the leg side before Yuvraj thumps the next ball over mid-off for another boundary.
He finds the gap through the covers but the fielder at long-off cleans up for two runs before taking one.
The last ball is a yorker which Dhoni somehow keeps out for a single as 13 runs come from the over.
India need 56 from five overs for victory.
- ScorecardIndia 133-4 (14 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Yuvraj is getting into the act as he pulls a short ball from McKay over midwicket for a six. The next ball is again a six as Yuvraj flicked it behind square on the leg side but was lucky as Watson touched the ropes despite completing a good sharp catch. Watson threw the ball in as the momentum carried him over the ropes but he came back to take the catch only to realise his foot had touched the boundary.
Yuvraj cutting loose as he flicks the next ball fine on the leg side for a four followed by two singles from the last two balls to make it 18 runs from the over.
India still in the hunt with 69 needed from six overs and two big hitters out in the middle.
- ScorecardIndia 115-4 (13 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Dhoni warms up with a cracking boundary as he clubs Watson over the cover region. The fireworks will begin with India needing to score at around 12 runs per over for victory.
Despite a boundary every over India unable to break free with that big over which will also bring the run rate under control.
Watson concedes nine runs in his third over with India needing 87 from seven overs for victory at an asking rate of 12.42.
- ScorecardIndia 106-4 (12 overs) vs Australia 201-7
India's batsmen guilty of throwing away their wicket after getting off to starts. And this time the ever-reliable Kohli throws his wicket away as holes out to Faulkner at deep midwicket to give McKay his second wicket.
Kohli walks back for 29 from 22 balls to leave India reeling at 100 for four in the 12th over.
McKay tries the slower ball but Yuvraj waits for it and at the last minute sticks his bat out to late cut it past a diving Haddin for a boundary.
- ScorecardIndia 100-3 (11 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Kohli comes down the track to Doherty and lofts the first ball over long-off for a six. He flicks the next ball square on the leg side and gets two runs in the process.
Doherty firing it in as Kohli is unable to get the next three balls away before he gets one from the last ball.
- ScorecardIndia 91-3 (10 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Coulter-Nile comes back and he looks to build the pressure. Four singles from the first five balls before Yuvraj flicks it uppishly over midwicket for a boundary to get eight from the over.
At the halfway stage, India are 91 for three, with 111 runs needed from 60 balls for victory.
Kohli is on 20 from 15 balls, while Yuvraj has made eight from five balls.
- ScorecardIndia 83-3 (9 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Australia introduce spin in the form of left-armer Xavier Doherty. Dhawan cuts the second delivery past point for a boundary before he is dismissed off the next delivery.
The left-hander, who made 32 from 19 balls, came down the track but was beaten in the flight and is stumped.
India in trouble at 83 for three in nine overs.
- ScorecardIndia 74-2 (8 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Moises Henriques comes into the attack in place of Coulter-Nile, who was taken off after taking a wicket in his first over.
Kohli immediately gives the medium pacer the charge and slams it down the ground back past the bowler for a boundary. He pulls the third ball to midwicket for a couple before steering the next past short thirdman for another four.
Dhawan slaps the last ball square on the off-side as the fielder at sweeper cover dives over the ball to give away a boundary as Henriques is hit for 15 runs in his first over.
- ScorecardIndia 59-2 (7 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Faulkner continues to keep it tight as gives away six runs in his second over for a tally of nine runs in two overs.
India cannot afford too many quiet overs as the asking run rate is now 11, with 143 needed from 13 overs.
- ScorecardIndia 53-2 (6 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Nathan Coulter-Nile, who had a good showing with the ball for Mumbai Indians in the recently-concluded Champions League T20, comes into the attack.
He bowls a short ball down the leg side which Raina tries to pull but gets a top edge and it carries all the way for a six.
Raina top edges the next ball too but this time it goes to midwicket where Watson completes an easy catch to send back the left-hander for 19 from 13 balls.
New batsman Virat Kohli pulls a short ball on the leg side to get off the mark with a couple.
- ScorecardIndia 44-1 (5 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Left-arm pacer James Faulkner comes into the attack, replacing Watson, who bowled two overs for 13 runs.
Faulkner makes a good start, giving away just five runs in his first over.
- ScorecardIndia 39-1 (4 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Dhawan gives McKay the charge and crashes it through the off-side for a four and repeats the shot off the next ball for another boundary as India look to attack the Australian bowlers.
Raina then makes room and punches it through the covers for the third four of the over.
India get 14 runs from the over to race to 39 for one after four overs.
- ScorecardIndia 25-1 (3 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Watson continues to bowl tight as just two singles come from the first three balls. Dhawan is then late on the pull shot as he tries to play the pull shot but is hit on the gloves and it goes fine on the leg side for a four.
Raina ends the over with a boundary on the leg side to get 11 runs from the over.
- ScorecardIndia 14-1 (2 overs) vs Australia 201-7
Rohit gets India going after a good first over by flicking Clint McKay over square leg for a six. However, the pacer has the last laugh as Rohit edges the fifth delivery and is caught behind for eight.
Suresh Raina comes in to bat at No. 3. He lofts the first ball over the cover region for two runs.
- ScorecardIndia 2-0 (1 over) vs Australia 201-7
Shane Watson to bowl the first over as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will look for a quickfire start in pursuit of the huge total.
The first ball is a beauty, full and swinging as Rohit is beaten all ends up and it misses both the edge and the stumps. What a start!
The fourth ball is a wide down the leg side to get India off the mark before Rohit takes one from the fifth delivery for a single as just two runs come from the first over.
- ScorecardAustralia 201-7 (20 overs) vs India
India managed to pull back things in the last four overs, taking two wickets for 29 runs to check Australia's progress.
Vinay and Bhuvneshwar registered combined figures of six for 60 in eight overs while the other frontline bowlers were taken to the cleaners.
Ashwin had a forgettable game, as he was smashed for 41 runs in two overs, while Ishant conceded 52 in his four overs. Jadeja also did a good job in the middle overs, taking one for 23 in four overs.
- ScorecardAustralia 201-7 (20 overs) vs India
Ishant continues India's recent good work with the ball as five runs come from the first five balls. Faulkner ensures Australia end on a high as he lofts the last ball over long-on for a six as the visitors post a mammoth 201 for seven in their 20 overs.
- ScorecardAustralia 190-7 (19 overs) vs India
Vinay continues India's good comeback in the last few overs as three singles come from the first three overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile hits a wide ball past point for a four before he is beaten by a yorker which goes through to the keeper.
Just eight from the over as Vinay finishes with splendid figures of three for 25 four overs to play a key role in pulling back Australia after their blazing start.
- ScorecardAustralia 182-7 (18 overs) vs India
Bhuvneshwar is unlucky as sloppy fielding at thirdman once gives another boundary, this time to Moises Henriques.
But he gets revenge two balls later as he tried to pull the short ball but got a leading edge and was caught at point by Yuvraj for 12.
Another tidy over for India as Bhuvneshwar concedes just six for good figures of three for 35 in four overs.
- ScorecardAustralia 176-6 (17 overs) vs India
Finally, it takes a piece of magic on the field to get rid of Finch. The right-hander, who smashed 89 from 52 balls with the help of 14 fours and a six, hit a low full toss back the bowler, who managed to hold on to a sharp chance.
But Vinay has injured his finger in the proces as he hardly got any time to react but still took the catch.
Just four runs from the over but Vinay managed to take the vital wicket of Finch. Vinay's figures have been superb, claiming three for 18 in three overs.
- ScorecardAustralia 172-5 (16 overs) vs India
Ishant continues to struggle as Finch plays his trademark inside out shot over the covers for a four. The next ball is a full toss which Finch loft through midwicket for another four to move into the 80s.
He cuts the fifth ball through the covers to get the third four of the over as Ishant goes for 15 from that over. Ishant has gone for 41 runs in his three overs.
- ScorecardAustralia 157-5 (15 overs) vs India
Jadeja manages to send down an over without a single boundary and Finch and Moises Henriques get six runs.
Australia are 157 for five in 15 overs with Finch on 74 from 45 balls, inclusive of 11 fours and a six.
- ScorecardAustralia 151-5 (14 overs) vs India
Bhuvneshwar comes back and he claims another wicket to check Australia's progress.
Haddin nicks the outswinger and is caught behind by Dhoni for five as Australia are reduced to 146 for five in the 14th over.
No stopping Finch as he pulls a short ball from Bhuvneshwar on the leg side for a four to bring up Australia's 150.
- ScorecardAustralia 143-4 (13 overs) vs India
Finch making most of part-timer Kohli as he chips the first ball over the cover region for a four before he slogs it on the leg side but can't get proper timing for a single to deep midwicket.
Kohli then drops and short and Finch easily pulls it on the leg side to help himself to another four to take his score to 63.
14 runs from Kohli's second over, who has gone for 24 in two.
- ScorecardAustralia 129-4 (12 overs) vs India
Jadeja strikes with the key wicket of Maxwell as Ishant takes a well judged catch at long-on. The right-hander walks back after a quick knock of 27 from 13 balls to bring some relief to the Indian bowlers.
Jadeja bowled two dot balls before Maxwell tried to break free with another big hit and lost his wicket in the process.
Brad Haddin gets off the mark with a four as he steers the quicker delivery past the first slip fielder through the vacant thirdman region.
A good over from Jadeja, giving away just five runs, while picking up the key wicket of the big hitting Maxwell.
- ScorecardAustralia 124-3 (11 overs) vs India
Part-timer Virat Kohli comes into the attack. India's fielding again lets them down as the fielder gives away an overthrow to concede two runs.
Maxwell continues his attacking approach as Maxwell slogs it over deep midwicket for his fourth six as Kohli concedes 10 runs in his first over.
Australia are scoring at more than 11 runs per over for 124 runs in 11 overs and will be looking for a total well in excess of 200.
- ScorecardAustralia 114-3 (10 overs) vs India
Ashwin is back after that expensive first over when he went for 17 runs. And he continues to suffer as Finch sweeps the first ball past short fine leg for a boundary to bring up his fifty in some style, from 29 balls.
The next ball is again down the leg side as Finch misses the sweep and even Dhoni can't collect it to give away three wides.
Maxwell then heaves Ashwin over deep midwicket for a big six. He slog sweeps the next ball and it goes high over the fence for another six.
The struggling Ashwin then gifts Maxwell a full toss which he carts over midwicket for the third six of the over. Maxwell then tries the reverse sweep but is beaten as 24 come from that over.
Ashwin is having a nightmare with the ball, being hit for 41 runs in two overs.
Australia sitting pretty on 114 for three at the halfway stage. Finch is on 50 from 29 balls while Maxwell has raced to 20 from seven balls.
- ScorecardAustralia 90-3 (9 overs) vs India
India looking to string a few tight overs and bring the run rate under control as Jadeja bowls a tidy over giving away just four singles, two each to Finch and new batsman Glenn Maxwell.
- ScorecardAustralia 86-3 (8 overs) vs India
An interesting replay from the last over shows Finch's feet might have been in the air when Dhoni whipped the bails but strangely no India player appealed.
Vinay checks Australia's progress with the wicket of Watson, who is given leg before wicket for six.
Watson walked back in disbelief at the decision, indicating that he may have got an inside edge.
Captain George Bailey perishes without scoring as he pulls a short ball straight into the hands of Ashwin at deep midwicket to fall for a three-ball duck.
An excellent over from Vinay, taking two wickets for four runs, to help India fight back after Australia's rampaging start.
- ScorecardAustralia 83-1 (7 overs) vs India
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack. Watson tries to slog sweep the first ball but is beaten before he takes a single.
Finch tries to play the cut but he also misses before he gets down on one knee and slaps it over the cover region for a six.
He gets a single from the last ball to make it nine runs from Jadeja's first over.
- ScorecardAustralia 74-1 (6 overs) vs India
Finch continue the fireworks as he smashes Ishant through the covers for a four. The bowler manages to get the edge from the next ball but it falls short of Ashwin at short thirdman who lets it through for another boundary.
Finch crashes the last ball through the covers for his third four of the over to get 14 runs from that over.
Australia have blasted their way to 74 for one in six overs with Finch on 34 from 18 balls and Watson on five.
- ScorecardAustralia 60-0 (5 overs) vs India
Bhuvneshwar comes back and he starts with a wide down the leg side before a single to Finch brings up Australia's 50 after 4.1 overs.
The boundaries continue to flow as Maddinson makes room and steers it over the point region for a four.
But Bhuvneshwar gets revenge from the very next delivery as Maddinson tries to heave it across the line but misses and is bowled. The left-hander made a good start, hitting 34 from 16 balls with the help of six fours and a six on his debut.
Shane Watson gets off the mark with a four as Ishant Sharma misfields at short thirdman.
Despite the wicket, Australia get 12 runs from that over to continue their good start.
- ScorecardAustralia 48-0 (4 overs) vs India
Maddinson gives new bowler Ishant Sharma a rude welcome as he pulls a short ball high over midwicket for the first six of the match.
The next ball is again short as Maddinson pulls it past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary to race to 28 from 10 balls, with five fours and a six.
Ishant switches to round the wicket and manages to bowl two dot balls in a row to Maddinson before he takes one to thirdman.
Australia continue to plunder the runs as 12 come from Ishant's first over.
- ScorecardAustralia 36-0 (3 overs) vs India
Dhoni introduces spin in the form of R Ashwin. But there is no stopping Maddinson as the left-hander comes down and plays the inside out shot over for another boundary to race to 17 from seven balls with four boundaries.
The next ball is driven to long-on for one before Finch rocks back and cuts a short ball through point for a four as runs continue to flow for Australia.
He again makes more room and crashes the next delivery through the covers for a boundary, but hits the next ball to the fielder.
Finch ends the over in grand style as he lofts a full delivery over the cover region for the fourth boundary of the over.
An expensive start for Ashwin as he concedes 17 in his first over with Australia racing 36 for no loss after three overs.
- ScorecardAustralia 19-0 (2 overs) vs India
Vinay Kumar to bowl the second over. Finch again takes an easy single to long-on as Dhoni decides to keep the fielder back on the boundary.
Maddinson is again beate as Vinay gets the ball to hold its line, going past the outside edge. But the young left-hander throws his bat at a full delivery, lofting it over mid-off for a four.
The next ball is again full and wide but Maddinson lofts it over the point region for another boundary. Vinay switches to round the wicket as Maddinson can only pick a single to get 10 runs from that over.
- ScorecardAustralia 9-0 (1 over) vs India
Debutant Nic Maddinson walks out to open the batting with Aaron Finch, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will bowl the first over.
Finch defends the first two balls before he lofts it over mid-on for a boundary to get Australia off the mark.
The fielder is pushed back to long-on and Finch collects an easy single in that same region.
Maddinson plays and misses outside the off-stump before he drives the last ball back past the bowler for a boundary, his first runs in international cricket.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl against Australia, in the one-off T20.
Dhoni believes that there could be some help for the bowlers early on with the pitch being covered due to some rain earlier in the day.
The India captain confirmed at the toss that they have left out Mohammad Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra and Jaydev Unadkat.
Here is the Indian XI:
MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
Australia have handed Nic Maddinson his debut in international cricket, while including Brad Haddin, Xavier Doherty, and Clint McKay.Australia XI:
George Bailey (captain), Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
18:59 Earlier in the day, Sachin Tendulkar announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month.
The 40-year-old Tendulkar, who has not been in the best of form in recent times, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India about his decision to quit Test cricket after a glorious career, spanning 24 years.
Though the BCCI is yet announce the venues for the two Tests against the West Indies, his 200th Test is most likely to be played at his home ground in Mumbai from November 14.
18:57 India will take on Australia in the one-off Twenty20 match in Rajkot, on Thursday.
The T20 match will be followed by a seven-match One-Day International series, which begins in Pune on Sunday.
India boast of a strong line-up led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while Australia are missing several key players including captain Michael Clarke because of injuries.