Bowlers put India on driver's seat against Australia

Jason Behrendorff

A combined effort from Indian bowlers saw them restrict Australia to 118 for eight and later chased down the revised target of 48 runs from six overs in the rain hit first Twenty20 worldwide in Ranchi. The play was resumed after nearly a two-hour delay with India given a revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern target of 48 from six overs. By castling the powerful opening batsman, Kuldeep managed to spark a major collapse in the Australian innings and paved the way for India to cruise to a comfortable victory in the opening match. "I don't think the pitch will be much better in the second innings but the weather is a massive factor", Kohli said after winning the toss.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. The Australians lost the ODI series 4-1. David Warner departs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes his IPL skipper after being hit for 2 fours.

Preview: After thrashing Australia 4-1 in the five-match One-day International (ODI) series, a confident India will aim to extend their dominance over the Kangaroos in the three-match T20 International series starting on Saturday.

Steve Smith led current Aussie squad is considered to be the weakest team in the history of Australia cricket.


With Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell on the crease, Australia were seen struggling at 8/1 in the first over. But Pat Cummins is the fourth quick bowler after Starc, Hazlewood and Pattinson (who's been ruled out of the Ashes) that Australia have tried to "protect" from getting worn out before the start of their season.

With regular captain Steve Smith having to fly home due to a shoulder injury, David Warner took over the skipper duties for the T20Is. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the playing XI squad showcased excellent performances in all matches, except the fourth ODI. The turning point came when Kuldeep Yadav bowled Finch in the 10th over for the first of his two wickets.

Steven Smith's exit from the three-match T20 global series against India surprised many, including former cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones.

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