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Australia captain Steve Smith to miss India T20s through injury

08 October 2017, 12:34 | Ken Black

India on Saturday defeated Australia by nine-wickets in rain-hit first T20 match of the three-match series at Ranchi's JSCA (Jharkhand State Cricket Association) Stadium Complex.

David Warner, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Steve Smith, fell in the first over after hitting two boundaries off seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar but Australia seemed to have recovered through Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.

Aaron Finch (42) was the third batsman to go when Kuldeep Yadav clean bowled him in the 10th over. In all, his first two overs contained just three dot balls and three fours.

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

Smith had attended Australia's practice yesterday as it took place after afternoon showers forced India to abandon their session for a second successive day.

India thus took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Australia.

The skipper is also happy that Shikhar Dhawan is back after a short break due to his wife's illness.

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.

Paceman Jason Behrendorff is likely to make his long-awaited global debut, while Andrew Tye, who replaced Pat Cummins (rested), is among four quicks in the squad.

India had few problems in a run chase reduced to six overs, Rohit Sharma the only wicket to fall as he was bowled by Coulter-Nile for 11.

The visitors' middle-order failed once again in Ranchi as Travis Head and Moises Henriques fell cheaply to Hardik Pandya and Yadav respectively.

If he is absent for the match with India, vice-captain David Warner is likely to deputise in the skipper's role. Adam Zampa, meanwhile, is the only specialist spinner in their side. The rise of Hardik Pandya, along with the guile of the two wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.



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