Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

India in seventh heaven as Australia crumble in Ranchi

Jason Behrendorff is in line to make his debut for Australia in the Twenty20 International series against India and he will be hoping to reverse the team’s poor record against India Virat Kohli's men gripped by FIFA U-17 World Cup mania? Find out here
Elias Hubbard | 08 October, 2017, 01:05

Cricket Australia confirmed that vice-captain David Warner will stand in as captain for the three-match series, which begins here today.

Man of the Match, Kuldeep Yadav: I'm very happy. Playing their part in the short run chase were Virat Kohli who made 22 not out off 14 balls and Shikhar Dhawan who scored an unbeaten 15 off 12 deliveries.

For the visitors, opener Aaron Finch was the highest scorer with 42 runs in 30 balls.

After a 4-1 defeat to India in the One-Day International series, the onus is on Australia to not let the hosts get on a roll again.

"Following the (Nagpur) match, he (Smith) complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw", team doctor Richard Saw said.

Opting to bowl, Kohli's bowlers did not take their foot off the pedal as Australia were restricted to a meager 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs.

Steve Smith will miss Australia's Twenty20 internationals against India with a shoulder injury, but is expected to recover in time for the Ashes. A poor run in the ODI series led to him being dropped for the final two matches.

Australia meanwhile recalled their T20I specialists Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Andrew Tye and Glenn Maxwell.

Just how low the surface played was seen in the fact that six of the eight wickets Australia lost were bowled; two of them chopping on. Yadav finished with figures of 2/16 in 4 overs, well supported by Jasprit Bumrah's (2/17 in 3 overs) toe crushing yorkers.

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.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

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