India v Australia, 1st T20I, Ranchi : Who Said What

Marie Harrington
October 8, 2017

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.

With almost 103 minutes of rain delay, the game finally resumed with India chasing a revised target of 48 runs from six overs as per DLS method.

Update: India win by 9 wickets (DLS Method) Kohli lofts the drive past the cover fielder and the India win the match with 3 balls to spare.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Smith's absence will be a big blow to the visiting Australian team, who are looking for a turnaround after being crushed in the recently-concluded ODI series 4-1.

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If he is absent for the match with India, vice-captain David Warner is likely to deputise in the skipper's role. In the end, Australia could only manage a total of 118 for the loss of 8 wickets before rain interrupted play.

While India, who are now ranked fifth in ICC World T20 rankings, are favourites to win the three-match series starting at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, Australia are dealt with a big blow as Steve Smith has returned to homeland after sustaining an injury. India would be bolstered by the return of Shikhar Dhawan who was in menacing form prior to his break from the national setup. While the decision makers have a strong case that lasting through a 5 match Test series can become gruelling, the result is a lack of intensity in their other global matches when one of the teams play sans their top players. Steven Smith's ouster due to injury will be Marcus Stoinis' gain; the all-rounder will replaces him.

Winning captain Virat Kohli appreciated the efforts of the bowlers who constantly have eclipsed the batsmen with their performances off-late.

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"I thought after we got off to a pretty good start with the bat, obviously losing our way through the middle order again", Finch said. The match is slated to begin at 7:00 PM according to the local time.

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