Australia seek change of fortune in T20I series - First T20I Preview


India dominated the ODI series against Australia with a 4-1 win to reclaim the number one ODI rankings and the hosts would be keen for a flawless finish to the T20I series. "So, I think we can easily beat Australia 3-nil in our own backyard", Sehwag said on India TV's "Cricket Ki Baat" show from Ranchi.

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.

The DLS method was required after Australia's innings was cut short by bad weather, the tourists having lurched to 118-8 by the time rain stopped play during the 19th over.

Australia will miss captain Steve Smith after he was ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against India due to shoulder injury.

Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday left his country's tour of India because of a shoulder injury, the team announced. In the last T20I bilateral series, India completed a 3-0 clean sweep Down Under in January a year ago and have lost only once out of the five series played between the two nations. David Warner departs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes his IPL skipper after being hit for 2 fours.

Smith had attended Australia's practice yesterday as it took place after afternoon showers forced India to abandon their session for a second successive day.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the one-day global series against the same opponents to be with his ailing wife, remained unbeaten on 15 off 12 deliveries.

38-year-old Ashish Nehra is likely to share the new ball duties with Jasprit Bumrah.

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.

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.