Shoulder injury sidelines Smith for T20 series

Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff

Virat Kohli called correctly in the first T20 against Australia at Ranchi and decided that India would bowl first.

It was when there was a long rain delay as the target for the hosts were reduced to 48 off six overs, a target that won't bother the batting much in a T20I.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan will return to open the innings alongside in-form Rohit Sharma. These are both teams' playing XI for today.

Smith, who made a significant impact during Australia's 2-1 Test loss against India in March, has struggled to match up his form in the limited-overs format. Kuldeep Yadav was awarded the Player of the Match.

Australia were 118/8 in 18.4 overs, with eight more balls remaining.

Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on fire as he dismissed Australian captain David Warner in the first over of the game.

As far as weather conditions are concerned, rain threat does loom large over the city of Ranchi tomorrow as a cyclonic circulation is over eastcentral Bay of Bengal and is likely to move northwestwards.

Aaron Finch and Maxwell then took control and the former particularly looked in impressive touch, carrying on in the same vein as his ODI showings.

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Dhawan's 12 ball innings was laced with three boundaries, while Kohli also smacked three fours in his 14-ball knock. 3rd ODI was so important for Australia but there as well they could not score sufficient runs.

It was a pitch that had everything a batsman does not desire to see in a T20 game - variable bounce, lack of pace, grip, turn, and early on some movement in the air.

He added: "It's great that we've got the flexibility and there's a number of guys who could do it".

Left-arm wrist spinner Yadav then dismissed the risky Finch for 42 and also all-rounder Moises Henriques, earning excellent figures of 2-16 off his four overs. We are very happy with the bowlers right now.

Kuldeep was happy with his maiden Man of the Match award.

"The first couple of balls, I saw what he was doing, later on I set him up for the sweep shot".

"I think David Warner and Aaron Finch can be unsafe for India in the T20 series".

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