Steve Smith To Return Home From Australia's Tour Of India
Oct 08 2017
The Indian bowlers were in full flow in the first T20I against Australia in Ranchi on Saturday.
And Australia will now step into a format they haven't been known to be good at.
Captain Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 22 as he combined with Shikhar Dhawan, who finished on 15 not out, to steer the hosts to a revised target of 48 with three balls to spare.
Rohit Sharma made 11 off seven balls before Nathan Coulter-Nile found a way through his defences to claim the only wicket of the innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra are back in the team while the rest of the XI will remain same as in the ODI series. India dominated the visitors in the five-match series and won it by 4-1 to retain the number one spot in the ODI rankings.
Destructive Aaron Finch was set to take the game away from India with his thunderous batting but Kuldeep Yadav's magic restricted the batsman from scoring big as he was departed for 42 runs off 30 balls.
"But it was a very challenging wicket to start on in particular against the spin".
"We just want to improve ourselves every time, we keep asking questions to each other".
Left-arm wrist spinner Yadav then dismissed the risky Finch for 42 and also all-rounder Moises Henriques, earning excellent figures of 2-16 off his four overs. The only Australia batsman to display any kind of fluency, Finch built up steam with smart clips, gentle dabs, the occasional chip, and when the bowlers erred in length, brutal cuts and forceful drives. Vice Captain David Warner will be leading the side in Smith's absence.
Glenn Maxwell couldn't play himself into form, struggling for his 17. He colored his innings with four 4's and a six.
Australia's middle order again failed when they were needed, mimicking their efforts in the ODIs.
As far as weather conditions are concerned, rain threat does loom large over the city of Ranchi tomorrow as a cyclonic circulation is over eastcentral Bay of Bengal and is likely to move northwestwards.
"We don't really understand the Duckworth Lewis method".