Kuldeep, Bumrah sparkle as India go 1-0 up

Jason Behrendorff

Jason Behrendorff

Steve Smith is in doubt for Australia's first T20 global against India with a shoulder injury. In his captaincy, India has won 17 of the last 23 T20 matches.

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

Having been put into bat, Australia lost stand-in skipper David Warner - filling in for the injured Steve Smith - for just eight, but some aggressive batting from Aaron Finch briefly put India on the back foot.

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

Shikhar Dhawan, who could not feature in the ODI series, makes a comeback to the playing XI while Kuldeep Yadav replaces Axar Patel in the Indian team. He followed it up with a nonchalantly flicked six over long leg off Nathan Coulter-Nile, but the bowler swung one past a flick next ball and clattered his stumps.

All-rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques have joined the squad for the T20 series. A poor run in the ODI series led to him being dropped for the final two matches.

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"I'm happy with how it's gone so far, I've been really lucky and I'm hopeful it can continue for a few years.I think I'm one of the best wicketkeepers in Australia and I've always said that and always felt that.", he concluded.

"Finchy and Davey Warner are probably two of the better T20 opening batsmen in the world".

Australia will look to aim at a 3-0 whitewash of the Indian side, but even before they start dreaming about that they will need to start off on a confident note and win this opener. Travis Head and Moises Henriques are in the middle as David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch are back in the pavilion after India elected to field in Ranchi.

Opting to bowl, Kohli's bowlers did not take their foot off the pedal as Australia were restricted to a meagre 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs.

"He's obviously a huge wicket tomorrow night and for the whole series", Paine said.

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