Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli held their own after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma Image: AFP
India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli's brilliant knocks to score 49/1 (D/L method) against Australia in the rain-marred match to register a nine-wicket victory in the first T20I at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Saturday.
India thus took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Australia.
Dhawan (15 not out) and Kohli (22 not out) helped India cross the line with three balls to spare.
Chasing the revised target of 48, India lost opener Rohit Sharma (11) cheaply as he fell prey to Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile's delivery in the second over.
Untroubled by the dismissal, fellow opener Dhawan and Kohli smacked the ball all over the park to help India seal a comprehensive victory.
Dhawan's 12-ball innings was laced with three boundaries, while Kohli also smacked three fours in his 14-ball knock.
For Australia, Coulter-Nile was the only successful bowler returning the figures of 1/20.
Earlier, due to rain, Australia's innings ended at 118/8 in 18.4 overs.
For the visitors, opener Aaron Finch was the highest scorer with 42 runs in 30 balls.
(With inputs from IANS)