Sydney, Feb 1: The wait will continue. India are yet to register a victory on the current tour of Australia and they lost again in the opening Twenty20 international against the home team here at the ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.
Chasing 172 for victory, India could reach only 140/6 in 20 overs. Australia took the first of the two-match series by 31 runs.
Nearly 60,000 people watched the 40-over affair at the ANZ Stadium, which was hosting its first ever international cricket match.
Having lost the preceding Test series 0-4 to the home team, MS Dhoni-led side will try again for that elusive success when both teams clash in another T20 in Melbourne on Friday.
The overall scoreline stands at Australia 5 and India 0.
Dhoni was till the end of the chase but the run rate was too steep and his heroics towards the end were not enough to stop the Australians from winning. Dhoni was unbeaten on 48 (43 balls, 1x4, 3x6).
There was hope for India with the arrival of youngsters into the team but they too failed like the seniors. Rohit Sharma, who had been waiting for his chance in the country for more than a month, was dismissed first ball.
For Australia, there were three debutants in captain George Bailey, James Faulkner and Xavier Doherty.
Matthew Wade was declared Man-of-the-match for his knock of 72.
Dan Christian and David Hussey took two wickets apiece while Brett Lee and Brad Hogg claime one scalp each.
Virat Kohli (22) was sent back by 40-year-old Brad Hogg, who claimed his first international T20 wicket. Soon, Rohit Sharma (0) followed first ball, bowled by the off spin of David Hussey.
Suresh Raina (11) is now joined by captain MS Dhoni (4).
In the final 60 balls of the chase, India need 106 runs.
Gambhir out; India 49/2 in 6 overs
After the completion of the powerplay, India are 49/2 in 6 overs.
Gautam Gambhir (20) tried to play over extra cover but only managed to hand a simple catch to Mitchell Marsh off David Hussey. Till then, Gambhir was looking in good touch along with Virat Kohli.
After Gambhir's wicket, Suresh Raina (1) joined Kohli (19). They are at the crease now.
Sehwag dismissed early
India were jolted early as Virender Sehwag was dismissed for just four runs. India are 28/1 in 3 overs.
Gautam Gambhir (8) and Virat Kohli (11) are playing.
India need 172 to register their first victory on the current tour of Australia. They lost the Test series 0-4.
Sehwag hit his second ball to the boundary off paceman Brett Lee. But soon returned to the pavilion, edging the next ball to first slip to David Hussey. India were 6/1 in 0.3 overs.
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty took the new ball from the other end.
Australia Innings Report
Matthew Wade (72) and David Hussey (42) powered Australia to 171/4 in 20 overs.
Australia were sent into bat by Indian captain MS Dhoni.
Things could have been worse for the Indians if Wade had stayed till the end. But he perished in the 16th over. In the last five overs, Australia, trying to accelerate, were tied down to 39 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Suresh Raina and debutant Rahul Sharma took one wicket apiece.
Hussey's 30-ball innings contained one four and three sixes before being bowled by Rahul for his maiden wicket.
Vinay bowled an excellent 19th over giving just five runs when Hussey and Australian captain George Bailey were at the crease. Vinay used a towel to dry the wet ball and was seen blowing air onto the ball to make it dry.
Suresh Raina removed the dangerous Wade in the 16th over. Raina clean bowled Wade, who hit his T20 international best of 72 (43 balls, 5x4, 3x6). His runs came off 43 balls with five boundaries and three sixes.
Wade and David Warner opened the batting and added 38 in 3.5 overs.
Rain posed a problem for Indian bowlers as they could not grip the wet ball. They had to use towels to dry the ball.
At the end of 15 overs, Australia were in control at 132/2.
Rain halts play after 14.4 overs
Rain halted play with the hosts racing towards a huge total. Australia are 131/2 in 14.4 overs when heavy showers forced the players and umpires off the field.
Left-handed opener Matthew Wade struck his maiden Twenty20 international half century before the rain brought respite to the Indians.
After 14.4 overs, Wade is going strong at 70 while he has David Hussey (17) for company in the last final 32 balls of the innings.
The aggressive Wade got to his fifty with a huge six off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. The stumper completed his half century in 34 balls.
Wade, 24, is playing his third T20 international. He is batting on 70 off 41 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. For India, R Vinay Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin are the wicket-takers so far.
Debutant legspinner Rahul Sharma, who injured his right little finger going for a return catch, was off the field for a brief period after bowling just four balls but returned to resume bowling duties.
After 10 overs, Matthew Wade (36) and David Hussey (0) are batting.
In the last ball of the 10th over, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Travis Birt for 17 (21 balls, 1x4, 1x6), caught by Suresh Raina at covers.
There is a bit of rain in the air and some balls slowed down on the outfield.
Legspinner, Rahul Sharma, making his T20 international debut, injured his right little finger while going for a return catch from Birt. After getting medical help, Rahul was off the field immediately having bowled just four balls. His little finger was being bandaged near the boundary line and we have to see whether he will come back to complete his overs.
6-over (Batting Powerplay) Report
After the completion of the batting powerplay, Matthew Wade (22) and Travis Birt (7) were at the crease.
Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin started the proceedings for India and went for just two runs in the opening over. The new ball was shared by Praveen Kumar.
Australia began with two left handers in David Warner and Wade. The number three batsman Birt was also a left-hander.
Warner's switch hit off Ashwin went deep into the stands, travelling a distance of 100 metres. Warner soon smashed another six in the same over, this time the ball going 86 metres far. Australia scored 19 runs off the third over.
Praveen was out of the attack after bowling just one over for seven runs. He was replaced by R Vinay Kumar, who struck with his fifth ball, dismissing the dangerous Warner (25, 14 balls, 1x4, 2x6).
Warner, trying for another six, holed out to Suresh Raina, who took a catch going backwards from extra-cover.
Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field at the ANZ Stadium.
With a chance of rain later, Dhoni said he opted to field since it is better to know the target in case of a shortened game. The conditions were a bit overcast and Indian bowlers will look to exploit them.
Soon after the toss, there was a drizzle and could delay the start.
Australia have a new captain in George Bailey, who is also making his international debut. Speaking before the toss, he said it was very exciting to be leading the side and playing his first game.
The home team also chose to hand new caps to left-arm paceman James Faulkner and left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty.
India handed a debut to legspinner Rahul Sharma. There was no place for Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav and Manoj Tiwary.
The 25-year-old Rahul, who has played two 50-over games for India and has four wickets, was impressive for Pune Warriors during last year's Indian Premier League (IPL).
Dhoni feels the youngsters in the team will lift the fielding. There is "plenty of energy" he said.
David Warner and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade were set to open the batting for Australia.
ANZ Stadium, which was constructed for the 2000 Summer Olympics, is making its international cricket debut. Over the years, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has been the venue known for cricket.
The second and final T20 between these two sides will be played in Melbourne on Friday.
Australia won the four-match Test series 4-0 last month.
Teams: India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma.
Australia: George Bailey (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Birt.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel (Both Australia)
Third Umpire: Simon Fry (Australia)
Match Referee: Andrew Pycroft (Zimbabwe)