India and Australia have played nine T20I matches Down Under since 2008, of which India have won five and lost three, with one match producing no result.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at the most memorable T20 encounters between the two teams in Australia over the years:
February 1, 2008 (only T20I) – Australia crush India by 9 wickets in Melbourne
The maiden T20I played between the two teams on Australian soil turned out to be a forgettable one for the Men in blue, as India crashed to a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia after registering 74 – their lowest ever T20 score.
That was also Australia’s first ever win over India in the shortest format of the game. The Aussies chased down the paltry 75-run target in 11.2 overs with nine wickets to spare and 52 balls remaining.
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For India only Irfan Pathan reached a double digit score of 26. Incredibly, only three boundaries were hit by the visitors in their innings. Nathan Bracken was the wrecker-in-chief for Australia as he picked up three wickets in 2.3 overs while conceding only 11 runs.
The match will also be remembered for an almost Test match like field in a T20 game. India were reduced to 63/9 and the Aussie skipper Michael Clarke got his men to surround last man Ishant Sharma by putting all his fielders around him, giving a treat for the on-field photographers as that photo became quite popular.
January 26, 2016 (1st T20I) – India beat Australia by 37 runs in Adelaide
India started off the three-match T20 series in 2016 with a bang, registering a convincing 37-run win over Australia, courtesy a scintillating 90 off 55 balls from Virat Kohli. Kohli’s knock was studded with nine fours and two sixes.
After being put into bat, Team India posted an impressive 188 for 3. Apart from Kohli there were some good contributions from Suresh Raina, who played a fine knock of 41 from 34 while Rohit Sharma chipped in with a crucial 31 off 20 balls.
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Such was the onslaught by Indian batsmen that Aussie pacers Shaun Tait, Kane Richardson, and James Faulkner were hammered for over 40 in their four overs.
Chasing a mammoth 189, Australia could only manage 151 as Indian bowlers rose to the occasion in unison and dished out a clinical performance against the famed Aussie batting line-up.
Jasprit Bumrah claimed 3 for 23 while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya picked up two scalps each. For the hosts, skipper Aaron Finch top-scored with 44 off 33 balls, but found no able support in the chase.
January 31, 2016 (3rd T20I) – India beat Australia by 7 wickets in Sydney
India registered a rare whitewash against the Aussies when they trounced the hosts in the third and final T20I in 2016 by 7 wickets to clinch the series 3-0. It was an edge of your seat thriller, as India registered a last-ball victory to stamp their authority on the shortest format of the game.
Opting to bat first, Australia posted a mammoth total of 197/5 on the board in their allotted 20 overs thanks to a century from Shane Watson. The burly opener carried his bat as he scored 124 runs off 71 balls. Watson whacked 10 fours and six biggies during his stay in the middle.
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The in-form Bumrah and Jadeja conceded 43 and 41 runs respectively in their four overs while Ashwin too leaked 36 runs in his quota of four overs.
In response, India’s in-form top order clicked in unison as Rohit (52 from 38), Kohli (50 from 36), and Suresh Raina (49 not out from 25) came up with handy contributions to lead the chase.
After losing Kohli in the form of their third wicket, India needed 51 runs off 31 balls with seven wickets in hand. Yuvraj Singh joined Raina in the middle.
Soon the equation boiled down to 22 runs off 12 balls with Yuvraj facing Watson in the penultimate over. Yuvraj could only score four runs in the five balls he faced.
Yuvraj, who only scored 5 runs in 9 balls, had the strike for the final over with India needing 17 off 6 balls. All eyes were on the southpaw and the champion batsman didn’t disappoint the Indian crowd present at the ground by hitting a four and a six off the first two balls of the last over bowled by Andrew Tye.
Raina was on strike as India needed two off the last ball to win and one run to tie the game. Thoughts of a ‘Super Over’ was on everyone’s minds, but the stylish left-hander finished it off in style by hitting a four over point inflicting a 3-0 whitewash on the Aussies.
Watson was named the man of the match in a losing cause as his score of 124 was the highest and also the only century of the match.
November 21, 2018 (1st T20I) – Australia beat India by 4 runs (D/L) in Brisbane
It was the first T20I of India’s tour of Australia in 2018-19. There was rain in the air and India opted to field first. Australia’s innings ended at 158/4 in 17 overs due to a rain interruption.
After Duckworth-Lewis adjustment, India were asked to chase 174 in 17 overs.
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Chasing a stiff target, India lost opener Rohit Sharma early but Shikhar Dhawan was in full flow. Dhawan played a fine knock of 76 off 42 balls which was studded with 10 fours and two sixes.
India were going strong when they lost Dhawan but there were Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya to follow. India needed 13 runs off the last over, with Karthik batting on a 12-ball 30.
But Marcus Stoinis came up with a fine bowling effort to get rid of the in-form Pandya and Karthik off successive deliveries, and India finally fell short by just 4 runs.