India elect to bowl in first T20 worldwide

Tricia Pearson
October 8, 2017

Smith, who amassed 142 runs during the ODI series thanks to a pair of half-centuries, is expected to be fit for the Ashes against England, which gets underway in Brisbane on November 23. The Indian side is little stronger than ODI side as Shikhar Dhawan returns to the squad and Dinesh Karthik has got a chance to build the batting lineup, even more, stronger and powerful in the middle order. The omen was not good for the visitors as captain Davide Warner was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar in his first over with eight runs on the board, which the captain scored.

Finch's cameo was ended by some lovely bowling from Yadav after the Aussie opener was clean bowled attempting to sweep a full and quicker delivery for a 30-ball 42.

Australia will take on India in first match of the T20 series at JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday.

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

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

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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.

38-year-old Ashish Nehra is likely to share the new ball duties with Jasprit Bumrah. While the team has the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Dan Christian, Travis Head and Moises Henriques, a lot will depend on how Warner and Finch go about their business.

Bumrah showed his death-bowling prowess once again when he shattered the stumps of Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the same over with a couple of in-swinging fuller deliveries.

Now in place of Smith, Aussie opener David Warner will take charge of the men-in-yellow in three match T20 series against host.

India (Playing 11): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.

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