Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Bowlers put India on driver's seat against Australia

Bowlers put India on driver's seat against Australia

Having been put into bat, Australia lost stand-in skipper David Warner - filling in for the injured Steve Smith - for just eight, but some aggressive batting from Aaron Finch briefly put India on the back foot. In a match that was cut short due to rains, India went on to win by 9 wickets by the DLS method.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed there is doubt over his selection for Saturday's match in Ranchi, the first of three T20 matches against India.

If he is absent for the match with India, vice-captain David Warner is likely to deputise in the skipper's role. Aaron Finch, however, continued to bat brilliantly while Glenn Maxwell tried to settle himself in, coming out at No.3.

Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first against Australia in the first T20 match of the series on Saturday.

Six editions of the World T20 since the first one in 2007 and Australia are yet to win one.

India thus took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Australia.

The 5 ODI series has come to an end, and Team India did come out with flying colours.

Dhawan (15 not out) and Kohli (22 not out) helped India cross the line with three balls to spare.

He smashed five boundaries including a six before a crafty piece of bowling from left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav turned him inside out and clattered into the stumps. 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.

Australia were without their regular captain Steven Smith, who had to fly back home after injuring his shoulder.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

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

All-rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques have joined the squad for the T20 series.

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