India rode on a 134-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina to post a challenging 188-3 in the first Twenty20 International against Australia at Adelaide on Tuesday. Kohli finished with an unbeaten 55-ball 90, including nine fours and two sixes. Raina was dismissed in the final over for a 34-ball 41.
There was a new look about the Indian team as Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra and Suresh Raina returned for the shortest format. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a flying start, before Shane Watson, making his comeback in Australian colours, put the breaks on the scoring. Watson struck twice in his first over, accounting for the wickets of Sharma and Dhawan.
This was when Kohli and Raina got together. The left-handed batsman looked a little scratchy at the crease early in his innings, but improved as he went on, giving great support to Kohli at the other end. Following Raina's dismissal in the final over, captain MS Dhoni hit a six and a four off the first two balls he faced to finish the innings on a high.