Disciplined bowling leads India to comfortable win in rain-shortened game

Lawrence Cooper
October 8, 2017

Just when things seemed under control for Australia as they surpassed the 50-run mark, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Maxwell (17) in the seventh over to put the opponents on back foot.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the one-day global series against the same opponents to be with his ailing wife, remained unbeaten on 15 off 12 deliveries.

A combined effort from Indian bowlers saw them restrict Australia to 118 for eight and later chased down the revised target of 48 runs from six overs in the rain hit first Twenty20 global in Ranchi.

Virat Kohli: There's a bit of weather around, so we would like to know where we are placed.

Australia lost the fifth ODI in Nagpur by seven wickets as India completed a 4-1 series win over the world champions to reclaim the number one spot in the ICC rankings.

Australia, on the other hand will aim to gain some confidence before heading back to play the Ashes series in a month's time.

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Now in place of Smith, Aussie opener David Warner will take charge of the men-in-yellow in three match T20 series against host.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over from Matthew Wade, but is expected to bat down the order with Warner and Aaron Finch looking to continue their strong form as an opening duo.

Australia included Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian and Andrew Tye in its team. The 38-year-old's ability to notch up pace and his death bowling ability will be a key factor for India as the left-arm pacer would add variety to the pace attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

Maxwell made 17 before once again falling to leg-spinner Chahal, who had dismissed him in all three matches he played during the ODI series. The final contest of the series will be on Friday in Hyderabad.

Kohli announced two changes in the playing XI from the last game - Kuldeep Yadav replaced Axar Patel and Shikhar Dhawan came in place of Ajinkya Rahane.

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