India v/s Australia 1st T20

India v/s Australia 1st T20

India v/s Australia 1st T20

Marcus Stoinis will replace Smith in the T20 squad, with David Warner captaining the side.

Just when things seemed under control for Australia as they surpassed the 50-run mark, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Maxwell (17) in the seventh over to put the opponents on back foot.

India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday attributed the team's stupendous success in recent times to the team management's decision to pick format-specific players.

With a staggering 9-4 head-to-head record in favour of the hosts, and a 3-0 clean sweep in their previous meeting in Australia in January past year, India definitely look a formidable unit going into Saturday's encounter at the Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) International Stadium.

India won the toss and chose to bowl Saturday in the first Twenty20 at Ranchi after beating Australia 4-1 in the ODI series.

Australian team doctor Richard Saw said: "Smith landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while diving in the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday".

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Indian bowlers performed in unison as Australia were restricted to a meagre 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs.

With regular captain Steve Smith having to fly home due to a shoulder injury, David Warner took over the skipper duties for the T20Is. The match was being played at Ranchi, which is MS Dhoni's home ground.

Uncapped left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Dan Christian, are the new additions in Australia's T20I squad.

But the moment of the match we are putting our focus on is when Finch was set for a big score, it was India's latest spin sensation, Kuldeep Yadav, who struck gold. Indian fielding also has to be complimented for being discipline and India also clean bowled 6 batsmen of the visiting team. Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah picked two wickets each.

Smith had voiced his batting concerns after the final ODI in Nagpur, saying the series has been "disappointing" as a leader.

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