Fine batting by Gambhir (56*) and Kohli (31) guided India to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Australia in the second T20 international at the MCG on Friday.
Australian skipper George Bailey won the toss and decided to bat first against India in the second and final Twenty20 international at the MCG on Friday.
Stung by a prolonged losing streak, a hapless India will now look to avoid a T20 whitewash when they lock horns with Australia in the second match on Friday.
Matthew Wade's 72 and David Hussey's all-round show propelled Australia to a convincing 31-run victory over India in the first T20I of the two-match series.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl against Australia in the first Twenty20 match at the ANZ stadium in Sydney.
India looks a fresh start against new Australia captain George Bailey in first T20 at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday.
The 0-4 whitewash at the hands of Australia after the crushing defeat in Adelaide resulted in India dropping a rung to third spot in the ICC Test rankings.
Australia completed a 4-0 whitewash after registering a crushing 298-run win over India in the fourth Test. This was India's eighth successive defeat abroad.
Chasing a massive 500-run target, India lost wickets at regular intervals to finish Day 4 on 166/6 against Australia in the fourth and final Test at the Adelaide Oval.
With a lead of 382 runs, Australia were still calling the shots despite R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan took three wickets in three overs on Day 3 of the fourth Test.