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Australia’s Dan Christian is run-out by Indian captain Virat Kohli during the 1st T20 in Ranchi on Saturday (Twitter)
Coming on the back of a comfortable five-match ODI series win, India will aim to extend their dominance over Australia when the two sides head into the opening T20I of the three-match series in Ranchi on Saturday.
India, who clinched the ODI series against Australia 4-1 to reclaim the number one spot in the ICC rankings, will be riding high on confidence and will aim for a perfect finish to the campaign with the T20I series.
Australia, on the other hand, will look to get back to the winning ways with the Ashes coming up in a month’s time.
The Virat Kohli-led side will be boosted by the return of veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, batsman Dinesh Karthik and opener Shikhar Dhawan in the T20 squad.
Bad news from here in Ranchi, the players are going off due to rain.
Australia are 118/8 after 18.4 overs.
Stay tuned for further updates, the rain isn’t very hard at the moment.
What a run-out by Virat Kohli!
Dan Christian hits the ball to long-on and tries to take two.
Kohli pounces on the ball and hits the stumps on the striker’s end, all the way from the long-on boundary. Wow!
Sensational stuff from Bumrah. Destroys Nathan Coulter-Nile’s stumps with an unplayable yorker.
AUS – 113/7 after 17.4 overs.
Bumrah bowls a skidder, Paine’s stumps get rattled.
The Aussie keeper’s luck finally runs out.
Finally some respite for Australia!
Paine drives Bhuvi through covers for four. Follows that up with a pull for six.
The visitors need a few more of these in the final few overs to be competitive tonight.
AUS – 111/5 after 17 overs.
What is happening here!
Dhoni misses out on a stumping, and a couple of balls later Bhuvi drops a sitter.
Chahal could have had Tim Paine twice in that over. There’s that wry smile again from the leggie.
He got lucky when he got Maxwell out earlier. Law of averages caught up with his there!
AUS – 95/5 after 15 overs.
Head knocked over by Pandya!
The left-hander has had a poor tour, walks back for 9 off 16 tonight.
The Aussie innings is falling apart here!
AUS – 89/5 after 13.3 overs.
Henriques tries to step out and send the ball into orbit, but misses the it completely and gets clean-bowled.
Kuldeep picks up another wicket. Wonderful bowling by the Indian spinners so far.
AUS – 87/4 after 12.2 overs.
Welcome boundary for Australia!
Pandya, as he does on most occasions, pitches it short. Henriques plays a solid pull for four.
AUS – 86/3 after 12 overs.
Top over from Chahal, just three singles came from it.
Meanwhile, Moises Henriques has joined Travis Head at the crease.
Finch clean-bowled by Kuldeep!
This is absolutely brilliant stuff from the young chinaman bowler.
Finch was consistently playing sweep shots. Kuldeep fires one full, the Aussie thinks of playing a sweep again but gets caught in two minds. The ball goes through his legs and crashes into the stumps.
This is a huge blow for the Aussies!
AUS – 77/3 after 10 overs.
First six of the night!
Chahal tosses it up, Finch slogs it over the fence.
The right-handed opener is the big danger man for India without a doubt.
Good comeback from Chahal, though. Gives away just four more singles.
AUS – 72/2 after 9 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav bowls his first over. Gives away just 5 runs to start his spell.
AUS – 62/2 after 8 overs
Spin introduced with Yuzvendra Chahal.
Maxwell tries to play a cut against the leg-spinner, the ball gets the outside edge and races past short-third for four.
Maxwell smacks a dismal, short delivery straight to mid-wicket.
Chahal has a wry smile on his face as Maxwell’s ordeal comes to an end.
AUS – 55/2 after 6.3 overs.
Pandya is another man struggling at the moment.
Bowls a rank over-pitched delivery to Finch, gets clobbered down the ground for four.
Looks even-stevens at the end of the Power Play.
AUS – 49/1 after 6 overs.
Change of ends for Bumrah too.
Maxwell is struggling big-time at the moment. He has made 5 from 10.
Finch will need to do the bulk of the scoring, he’s timing the ball beautifully.
AUS – 36/1 after 5 overs.
Change of ends for Bhuvi. Gives away just three runs. Outstanding stuff!
Finch survives a close call!
Tries to loft it straight back on the rise, the ball just about crosses Bhuvi at mid-on.
Plays a similar shot a couple of balls later and picks up a boundary, only this time the ball went over covers. Follows that up with a cut past point that finds the fence.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya bowls out his first over. An expensive one at that.
One over spells are the way to go in T20 cricket these days!
AUS – 25/1 after 3 overs.
Poor delivery from Jasprit Bumrah, short and wide.
Finch throws his bat at it and picks up four easy runs.
All eyes on Maxwell, though. He was dropped in the ODI series after a string of poor performances.
We all know what he can do if he gets going. Will he fire tonight?
AUS 15/1 after 2 overs.
Warner gets off the mark with a ferocious cut for four.
Follows that up with a dab between point and short-third for four.
What a comeback by Bhuvi! Warner tries to play another square-cut, but only manages to chop it on to his stumps.
It’s all happening in the first over!
Big blow for the Aussies as their captain walks back. Glenn Maxwell is the new man at the crease.
AUS – 8/1 after 1 overs.
Right, the weather is clear in Ranchi and we’re all set for the first!
David Warner is on strike for Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball for India.
Here we go!
The players are out on the field, it’s time for the national anthems.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to field first.
AUS XI: Warner (c), Finch, Maxwell, Head, Henriques, Christian, Paine (wk), Coulter-Nile, Tye, Zampa, Behrendorff #INDvAUS
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Hello everyone and welcome to live coverage of the first T20 between India and Australia.
The contest will be played in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hometown of Ranchi.
The visitors, of course, were dealt a major blow after Steve Smith was ruled out for the entire series with injury. David warner will lead the Aussies.