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Dhawan returns as India opt to field

08 October 2017

The JSCA International Stadium Complex will be the setting when India and Australia face off in the first of three T20 matches.

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The Australia skipper had an MRI scan on Friday to assess the injury with soreness hampering him in the lead-up to the series.

The dismissal of Glenn Maxwell, who added 47 with Finch, halted Australia's all-too-brief charge.

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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli plays the winning stroke during their first T20 cricket match against Australia in Ranchi, India, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Maxwell perished whilst trying to attack the bowling, caught at midwicket off Yuzvendra Chahal.

"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.

Australia will miss captain Steve Smith after he was ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against India due to shoulder injury.

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Talking about the Australian team, Sehwag said David Warner and Aaron Finch might cause some problems for Team India after both the Aussie openers regained their form towards the end of the ODI series.

38-year-old Ashish Nehra is likely to share the new ball duties with Jasprit Bumrah. Only Tim Paine (17) managed to cross the double-digit mark as Australia were reduced to 118 for eight in 18.4 overs when rain arrived.

Perhaps the only passage of play that India wouldn't look back on too fondly was the 15 over, sent down by Chahal, which saw two shelled catches and a rare stumping chance fluffed by MS Dhoni.

Comprehensive winners in the ODIs, India would aim to extend the domination, while Australia's listless team would be eyeing a change of fortunes in the three-match T20 series beginning today in Ranchi.

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While Australia won't have the services of Pat Cummins, with all-rounders Henriques and Christian in the ranks and frontline pacers Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff in the squad, Australia have variety in their arsenal.

Dhawan returns as India opt to field