India beat Australia by 9 wickets in 1st T20 global

Posted October 08, 2017

A confident India seek to extend their domination, while a hapless Australia aim for a change of fortunes in the three-match Twenty20 global series, starting on Friday at Ranchi.

Kuldeep Yadav changed the game for the hosts with his spell as the death bowling gave him ample support. It was far from the picture David Warner, Australia's stand-in captain, had pictured when he was asked to bat and expressed his inclination to do the same.

India captain Virat Kohli praised his team's bowlers after the hosts thrashed Australia by nine wickets in a rain-truncated first Twenty20 worldwide at Ranchi. It's that 3-0 loss that Australia will look at keenly to draw some inspiration.

For the visitors, opener Aaron Finch was the highest scorer with 42 runs in 30 balls. In an era of flat tracks and shortened boundaries, a bowling attack has to possess an exotic element to clinch white-ball matches.

Before this series, India had beaten Sri Lanka, while Australia's last T20 assignment was also against the same side; they lost 1-2 at home.

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The rain came down with Australia struggling on 118 for eight in 18.4 overs after being tied down by India's spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

If losing the ODI series wasn't enough for the Australian team, their captain Steve Smith has been ruled out for the T20 series. India would be bolstered by the return of Shikhar Dhawan who was in menacing form prior to his break from the national setup. Skipper Kohli, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are expected to be a part of the middle order. The rise of Hardik Pandya, the guile of the two wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.

While Australia won't have the services of Pat Cummins, with all-rounders Henriques and Christian in the ranks and frontline pacers Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff in the squad, Australia have variety in their arsenal.