Ranchi T20I: Australia manage to reach 118/8 in rain-hit match

Jonathan Hernandez
October 8, 2017

Earlier, David Warner made his intent clear with successive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over.

Just when things seemed under control for Australia as they surpassed the 50-run mark, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Maxwell (17) in the seventh over to put the opponents on back foot. Set a target of a mere 48 in six overs in a rain-curtailed game, India got there in 5.3 overs. "Following the match he complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw", Richard Saw said, reported Cricbuzz.

Aaron Finch (42) was the third batsman to go when Kuldeep Yadav clean bowled him in the 10th over.

Opting to bowl, Kohli's bowlers did not take their foot off the pedal as Australia were restricted to a meager 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs.

The second T20 will be played at Guwahati on Saturday.

Smith landed awkwardly on his shoulder during the fifth of the recently-concluded five-match ODI series agaisnt India.

Australia included Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian and Andrew Tye in its team. India have played only one other T20I in Ranchi, a 69-run win against Sri Lanka in February previous year, and it was an excellent batting track then, though there was help for the spinners too.

It was a good day for the Indian bowlers and fielders as they overpowered the visiting batsmen. From the India side, Kuldeep and Bumrah were the pick of the bowlers, they scalped 2 wickets apiece.

On the other hand, India will look to continue their dominance after a thumping win over Australia in the ODI series. 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.

After being thumped comprehensively 4-1 in the ODI series, the Aussies were looking to come back strongly in the first of the three-match T20I series at Ranchi.

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