Injured Smith ruled out of India T20Is

Injured Smith ruled out of India T20Is

Injured Smith ruled out of India T20Is

Cricket Australia confirmed that vice-captain David Warner will stand in as captain for the three-match series, which begins here today.

Maxwell pulled a long hop straight to mid-wicket off Yuzvendra Chahal who has claimed his wicket in all four of the Victorian's innings on the tour.

Shikhar Dhawan returns to the side after sitting out the ODI series and replaces Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order.

After a delay of nearly two hours, India were given six overs to chase 48 which they hunted down with three balls to spare.

Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first, taking the weather conditions into play on an overcast day at Ranchi while Warner quipped that he would have chosen to bat first anyway.

But it was left-arm wrist spinner Yadav who set up India´s 1-0 lead in the three-match series as he returned figures of 2-16 to restrict Australia to 118-8 in 18.4 overs when rain stopped play for about two hours.


However, having reached 76-2 in the 10th over, the visitors struggled to up the ante on a slow, low pitch once opener Finch was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav for 42. Leading up to this match, the city witnessed heavy rains affecting India's pre-series preparation.

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.

Australia captain Steve Smith will miss the Twenty20 series against India to return home due to a shoulder injury with the Ashes on the horizon. Kuldeep Yadav was awarded the Player of the Match.

They play their first T20 against the Indians in Ranchi on Saturday.

Uncapped left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Dan Christian, are the new additions in Australia's T20I squad.

Coming back on the track of victory, Indian cricket team successfully defeated the foes in final game of ODI series. The rise of Hardik Pandya, the guile of the two wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.

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