Ahead of the first T20 between India and Australia at Ranchi, the Aussie think tank is busy formulating a plan to dismiss their prime target- Virat Kohli. Yuzvendra Chahal has Glenn Maxwell once again.
Ranchi: Skipper Virat Kohli played a sweet cameo after yet another impressive show by the bowling unit as India comfortably beat Australia by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed opening T20 global in Ranchi on Saturday. India equalled the record for most bowled dismissals in an innings.
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. Both of them had a good series in Sri Lanka and then Shikhar had to leave because of a family problem. While it didn't help the pacers to drop short, this length worked in favour of the legspinner, as it gave the ball enough time to grip and prevented the batsmen from getting on top of the bounce.
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. He will be replaced by Marcus Stoinis in the squad for the series. Bumrah bowled a full pace yorker as Nathan Coulter-Nile was been cleaned up.
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the one-day worldwide series against the same opponents to be with his ailing wife, remained unbeaten on 15 off 12 deliveries.
He smashed five boundaries including a six before a crafty piece of bowling from left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav turned him inside out and clattered into the stumps.
The visitors' middle-order failed once again in Ranchi as Travis Head and Moises Henriques fell cheaply to Hardik Pandya and Yadav respectively.
Australia were without their regular captain Steven Smith, who had to fly back home after injuring his shoulder.
The rise of Hardik Pandya, the guile of the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.
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