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Kuldeep, Bumrah sparkle as India go 1-0 up

08 October 2017

Aussies are going into the series after suffering 1-4 humiliating defeat at the hands of Indians in recently concluded One Day International (ODI) series and will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

Yuzvendra Chahal pegged Australia back once again when he dismissed Maxwell for the fourth time in as many innings.

Thus, good rains are expected to make an appearance over Ranchi during the late afternoon hours with cloudy sky conditions.

Glenn Maxwell, who failed to impress in the ODI series, is likely get an opportunity to bat higher-up the order.

Just how low the surface played was seen in the fact that six of the eight wickets Australia lost were bowled; two of them chopping on.

India won the toss and elected to field first against Australia in the first T20 match of the three matches series, which is to be played at Ranchi's JSCA Stadium Complex.

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The bad news for Australian side is, skipper Steven Smith is ruled out of the first T20 match due to an injury.

In the last T20I bilateral series, India made a 3-0 clean sweep in Australia in January a year ago while they have lost only once out of the five series played between the two nations.

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

The return of the 38-year-old Nehra will be a key factor for India as the left-arm pacer would add variety to the pace attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. For Australia, Coulter-Nile was the only successful bowler returning the figures of 1/20.

India's batting is bolstered by Shikhar Dhawan's comeback and it is certain that he will open the innings alongside man-in-form Rohit Sharma.

Kohli announced two changes in the playing XI from the last game - Kuldeep Yadav replaced Axar Patel and Shikhar Dhawan came in place of Ajinkya Rahane. The responsibility now lies on David Warner to lead the side in his absence and in Smith's place Marcus Stonis was added to the squad.

Kuldeep, Bumrah sparkle as India go 1-0 up