Sports / India vs Australia: Kohli loses 1st home series as captain after Maxwell's Bengaluru blitz

India Today : Feb 28, 2019, 09:57 AM

Virat Kohli's unbeaten run as captain at home came to end on Wednesday after India lost the second T20I to Australia at Bengaluru. India lost the two-match series 2-0. Kohli's 72 not out went in vain as India lost the 2nd T20I by 7 wickets. India were handed after Glenn Maxwell hit his third T20I century in Australia's successful chase of 191. India will take on Australia in a 5-match ODI series from March 2.

Virat Kohli's unbeaten run as captain at home came to end on Wednesday after India lost the second T20I to Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Following the 3-wicket defeat in Visakhapatnam, India lost the two-match series 2-0.

The T20I series defeat is also the first time India lost a bilateral series at home in any format since the start of 2016. Notably, Virat Kohli took over as captain in Tests during the 2014-15 season while he was handed over the reins in limited-overs cricket in 2017.

This is also the fourth time India have lost a T20I series at home after 2011 vs England, 2012 vs New Zealand and 2015 vs South Africa.

India were handed a seven-wicket thrashing in Bengaluru after Glenn Maxwell hit his third T20I century in Australia's successful chase of 191. Maxwell hit 113 not out from just 55 balls. The Big Show hit 9 sixes and 7 boundaries as he sent the India bowlers for a leather hunt.

India bowlers, especially their spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya, struggled to grip the ball with a bit of dew setting in. The two spinners conceded 80 runs between them and went wicketless as Maxwell hit them to all parts of the park.