Dhawan (15 not out) and Kohli (22 not out) helped India cross the line with three balls to spare. "They can give runs in one game, but they will always hit back", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
India's captain Virat Kohli (L) is watched by Australia's wicketkeeper Tim Paine as he plays a shot during the first Twenty 20 cricket match between India and Australia at The JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi, India, October 7, 2017.
Indian bowlers performed in unison as Australia were restricted to a meagre 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs.
In the last T20I bilateral series, India made a 3-0 clean-sweep in Australia in January previous year while they have lost only once out of the five series played between the two nations.
Australia, on the other hand will aim to gain some confidence before heading back to play the Ashes series in a month's time.
But now in a major shock for the Aussie team and fans, the Australian skipper Steve Smith has returned home.
After being thumped comprehensively 4-1 in the ODI series, the Aussies were looking to come back strongly in the first of the three-match T20I series at Ranchi.
But the moment of the match we are putting our focus on is when Finch was set for a big score, it was India's latest spin sensation, Kuldeep Yadav, who struck gold.
In the last five overs, the lower order - Coulter-Nile (1), Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa - tried to pace up the innings but Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar controlled the proceedings.
His return from a shoulder injury has not been up to the mark as he did not get a chance in the ODI series but Rahul has been retained for the T20I series and he would look to make it count. Despite losing Rohit early, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli kept their cool and took India home.
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