India beat Australia by nine wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-truncated first Twenty20 worldwide at Ranchi on Saturday. Instead, the likes of Tim Paine, Jason Behrendorff, Daniel Christian and Andrew Tye take over the reins and therein lies Australia's chance.
Yuzvendra Chahal pegged Australia back once again when he dismissed Maxwell for the fourth time in as many innings. The hosts continue to dominate Australian team in all the departments in the ongoing series. Australia have not really set the stage on fire but they have made sure to score at good pace.
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The star batsman scored 142 runs in the five ODIs with his team going down 4-1 to slip to third in the rankings behind South Africa and top-ranked India.
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Toss: Virat Kohli, the India captain, won the toss and chose to field against Australia in the first Twenty20 worldwide at Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday (October 7).
In the first ten overs, Australia were 77/3 with Henriques (1*) and Travis Head (6*) fighting the dominant Indian bowlers. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan then ran down the remainder of the target with the help of timely boundaries. But also they have some fearsome batsmen in their squad like Finch, Maxwell, TM Head and some others Among them only Finch could make a stand and scored highest 42 runs so far in 30 balls. "Both the Aussie openers have regained their form in the ODI series and if they are there till 10 or 15 overs, they can win the match for Australia", he said.
Australia could be without captain Steve Smith for the opening Twenty20 meeting with India on Saturday due to injury. The T20 series is starting today in Ranchi.
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