Shoulder injury forces Smith out of India T20 matches
Oct 08 2017
India beat Australia by 9 wickets with 3 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the 3 T20I series.
"I think David Warner and Aaron Finch can be risky for India in the T20 series". Beginning is important, and one window here and there and Australia might pounce.
Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India beat Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 global in Ranchi on Saturday. Just three runs from his second over as Glenn Maxwell plays and misses and survives.
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. The omen was not good for the visitors as captain Davide Warner was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar in his first over with eight runs on the board, which the captain scored.
Paceman Jason Behrendorff is likely to make his long-awaited worldwide debut, while Andrew Tye, who replaced Pat Cummins (rested), is among four quicks in the squad. For Australia, Coulter-Nile was the only successful bowler returning the figures of 1/20. Shikhar Dhawan, who had opted out of the ODI series, is back into the setup.
But unfortunately, they have to start the first T20 match without their regular skipper Steve Smith and instead of him, the skipper if David Warner in the match.
He smashed five boundaries including a six before a crafty piece of bowling from left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav turned him inside out and clattered into the stumps. While Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya will be the key players in the middle order.
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.
Coming to Australia, a lot will depend on in-form opening duo of David Warner, who will be captaining the side in Smith's absence, and Aaron Finch.
All-rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques have joined the squad for the T20 series.