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Virat Kohli looks to extend domination in Steve Smith's

Michael Kasprowicz Michael Kasprowicz
Spencer Simpson | 08 October, 2017, 00:34

After the One Day International Series win against Australia team, India takes on Australia in the first T20 match at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi which is the home ground for our former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is bowling from the other end now.

David Warner is captaining the Australian team for the match as Steve Smith is out of the game with a shoulder injury.

Yuzvendra Chahal pegged Australia back once again when he dismissed Maxwell for the fourth time in as many innings.

Aaron Finch off the mark, Glenn Maxwell off the mark as the two score seven runs from Jasprit Bumrah's first over.

Kuldeep Yadav picked two big wickets.

"I think David Warner and Aaron Finch can be unsafe for India in the T20 series".

Chasing 48 in six overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the hosts reached their target with three deliveries to spare after the loss of Rohit Sharma for 11.

Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day worldwide against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors.

Travis Head (nine), Tim Paine (17) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (one) completed the sextet of Australians who were bowled.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis replaces Smith in the squad, David Warner will now captain the side. The visitors will be boosted by the addition of five new faces - Moises Henriques, Tim Paine, Jason Behrendoff, Andrew Tye, Daniel Christian - who could add fresh energies to a demoralised squad.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli (22 off 14) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (15 off 12) did the rest, cruising to 1-49 after smashing three boundaries each. The duo stitched a couple of solid partnerships in the ODIs and their contribution at the top will be key to Australia's chances, given their inconsistent middle order. The rise of Hardik Pandya, the guile of the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.

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