Injury Blow For Aussie Skipper Steve Smith

Michael Kasprowicz

Michael Kasprowicz

The Australians lost the ODI series 4-1. However, given his record in this format and the fact that his last T20I came 18 months back against India at the World T20, this could be a blessing in disguise for the visitors. The ability of Hardik Pandya with both bat and the ball has provided the much-needed balance while in-form Shikhar Dhawan and seasoned pace bowler Ashish Nehra will only add more strength to the squad that recently defeated Sri Lanka 0-3.

The star batsman scored 142 runs in the five ODIs with his team going down 4-1 to slip to third in the rankings behind South Africa and top-ranked India.

Australia cricket captain Steve Smith will return home from the team's tour of India with a right shoulder injury, Cricket Australia said Saturday. Leading up to this match, the city witnessed heavy rains affecting India's pre-series preparation.

Ranchi: Virat Kohli has won the toss and India have elected to bowl in the first match of the three-match Twenty20 series here on Saturday. David Warner departs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes his IPL skipper after being hit for 2 fours. Marcus Stoinis has been called in as a replacement for Steve Smith.

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. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan then ran down the remainder of the target with the help of timely boundaries.

Kohli praised his new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

India had few problems in a run chase reduced to six overs, Rohit Sharma the only wicket to fall as he was bowled by Coulter-Nile for 11.

Australia: David Warner (capt), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian, Tim Paine (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff.

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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