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Ranchi T20: Bowlers put India in history books

Ranchi T20: Bowlers put India in history books

Australia's batsmen had a dire time coping with a slow and low surface at the JSCA International Stadium and never recovered from the early muddle, eventually conceding the first T20I by nine wickets to India.

Australia meanwhile recalled their T20I specialists Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Andrew Tye and Glenn Maxwell. After the ODI series concluded, Smith noted that he had not always been as comfortable at the batting crease as he is used to, searching for his best grip on the bat, among other things.

And Australia will now step into a format they haven't been known to be good at.

WICKET! Big wicket for Kuldeep Yadav, big wicket for India.

If he is absent for the match with India, vice-captain David Warner is likely to deputise in the skipper's role.

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. Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra are back in the team while the rest of the XI will remain same as in the ODI series. India equalled the record for most bowled dismissals in an innings. In all, his first two overs contained just three dot balls and three fours. Hardik Pandya is struggling to get his act right tonight.

Moises Henriques (8) went to pavilion in the 13th over after a delivery of Kuldeep Yadav hit stumps.

Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday left his country's tour of India because of a shoulder injury, the team announced.

The rise of Hardik Pandya, the guile of the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was outstanding in the ODIs and Kane Richardson also impressed. "They can give runs in one game, but they will always hit back", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "The ball will come on slowly towards the end".

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