India win toss, elect to field in first T20I match against Australia

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After being thumped comprehensively 4-1 in the ODI series, the Aussies were looking to come back strongly in the first of the three-match T20I series at Ranchi.

According to the last news, team Australia has scored 118 runs by losing 8 wickets in 18.4 overs and match is stopped due to rain.

The extended rain-delay caused the umpires to call-off Australia's innings as India will be set a revised target under the Duckworth Lewis method when play restarts. Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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With this win, India takes a lead of 1-0 in three-match T20I series. But Nathan Coulter-Nile got Rohit Sharma and it looked like chasing 48 in six is not a walk in the park.

After embarrassing themselves in 5 match One Day International series against India, Steve Smith's boys were ready to challenge Virat Kohli's boys in three match T 20 international.

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Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell then gave the visitors a sense of stability but they kept struggling with a pitch that was pretty much a batsman's nightmare in the shortest format of the game. Not only this, they lost four of these matches on Australian soil. The match is slated to begin at 7:00 PM according to the local time.

Winning captain Virat Kohli appreciated the efforts of the bowlers who constantly have eclipsed the batsmen with their performances off-late. India will be eager to continue their good form and bag the T20I series as well.

The skipper's absence will be a huge blow for the Australian side, who were humiliated in the recently concluded ODI series. It was far from the picture David Warner, Australia's stand-in captain, had pictured when he was asked to bat and expressed his inclination to do the same.

The rise of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the guile of the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.

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