India vs Australia in first T-20 face off

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Australia's batsmen had a dire time coping with a slow and low surface at the JSCA International Stadium and never recovered from the early muddle, eventually conceding the first T20I by nine wickets to India.

Australia was 118-8 in 18.4 overs when rain intervened for almost 90 minutes and curtailed its innings. In his captaincy, India has won 17 of the last 23 T20 matches.

Curtailing India's destructive batsmen will be key for the tourists, with captain Virat Kohli out to enhance his outstanding run against Australia in the shortest format.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. The hosts won the five-match One-day global series with a 4-1 win to reclaim the number one spot.

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Rohit Sharma made 11 off seven balls before Nathan Coulter-Nile found a way through his defences to claim the only wicket of the innings.

Australia captain Steve Smith is likely to miss the first of the three-match T20I series, starting Saturday, October 7 in Ranchi with a shoulder injury. But Pat Cummins is the fourth quick bowler after Starc, Hazlewood and Pattinson (who's been ruled out of the Ashes) that Australia have tried to "protect" from getting worn out before the start of their season.

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.

For the visitors, opener Aaron Finch was the highest scorer with 42 runs in 30 balls.

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Marcus Stoinis has been called up to the T20 squad to replace Smith. While rains may not last until 7 PM, i.e. when the match begins, but the possibility of a spell or two of thundershowers can not be ruled out during the night.

Kohli has smashed four half-centuries in his last four matches against Australia, three of them unbeaten.

Put into bat, Australia lost stand-in skipper David Warner for 8 as he played on off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 1-28. Their spinners would be their lead weapon in the match.

Ranchi: India have managed to scalp three wickets wickets; courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav; at the end of ten over.

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