Injured Smith ruled out of T20I series; Warner to lead Oz

Kristopher Drake
October 8, 2017

With a staggering 9-4 head-to-head record in favour of the hosts, and a 3-0 clean sweep in their previous meeting in Australia in January past year, India definitely look a formidable unit going into Saturday's encounter at the Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) International Stadium.

WICKET! Big wicket for Kuldeep Yadav, big wicket for India.

After embarrassing themselves in 5 match One Day International series against India, Steve Smith's boys were ready to challenge Virat Kohli's boys in three match T 20 international. Yuzvendra Chahal has Glenn Maxwell once again. Adam Zampa bounced back excellently from a first-ball four in the penultimate over to concede just six and leave India with as many to get off the last over, and Kohli sealed it with a lofted four over extra-cover off Daniel Christian. In an era of flat tracks and shortened boundaries, a bowling attack has to possess an exotic element to clinch white-ball matches.

India were 4-0 down at the hands of Australia in the ODI series that preceded those three T20Is, before winning four successive games - one ODI and three T20 Internationals - to restore some kind of parity on the tour.

Shikhar Dhawan, who could not feature in the ODI series, makes a comeback to the playing XI while Kuldeep Yadav replaces Axar Patel in the Indian team.

Australian captain Steve Smith was Saturday ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India due to a shoulder injury, a massive setback for the already struggling visitors.

A confident India will look to extend their domination, while a hapless Australia would aim for a change of fortunes in the three-match T20 series beginning in Ranchi on Saturday.

Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled Rohit Sharma (11) but it would be the only wicket to fall in the brief chase. While Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya will be the key players in the middle order. When Kane Richardson was missing in the 5th ODI, the lack of intensity was manifested in the bowling department as spells from Cummins & Coulter Nile alone couldn't enforce the pressure on India.

All-rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques have joined the squad for the T20 series.

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