KL Rahul reached his sixth T20I half-century off 35 balls. He put on 55 runs with India captain Virat Kohli (24) as India reached 69-1 in the ninth over. But India lost wickets in quick succession, starting with Kohli who was caught at long on off Adam Zampa, and the run rate slowed.

Kohli lamented a lack of runs on the board for his team.

“Pleased with Rahul scoring runs, but overall we were not up to scratch. We didn’t really bat well even though pitch was decent till the 15th over,” said Kohli. “But we are pleased with the bowling effort. Australia deserved to win.”

KL Rahul’s teammate Bumrah was pleased to see him back in form.

“It’s always good when you’ve got good competition in the team. He looked the best batsman today I feel because he was playing with a lot of composure, he started off playing good shots and he was playing conventional shots. It’s always good when a player like him is back in form,” Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.

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