Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Virat Kohli and Co register seventh consecutive win over Australia in T20Is

Virat Kohli and Co register seventh consecutive win over Australia in T20Is

India were 4-0 down at the hands of Australia in the ODI series that preceded those three T20Is, before winning four successive games - one ODI and three T20 Internationals - to restore some kind of parity on the tour. Australia have not really set the stage on fire but they have made sure to score at good pace.

Curtailing India's destructive batsmen will be key for the tourists, with captain Virat Kohli out to enhance his outstanding run against Australia in the shortest format. The only Australia batsman to display any kind of fluency, Finch built up steam with smart clips, gentle dabs, the occasional chip, and when the bowlers erred in length, brutal cuts and forceful drives. So will look to add some runs and play to our best. 10 runs off Pandya's first over.

Warner looked for a third boundary with a similar slash but was played on, done in by the length as Bhuvneshwar had the last laugh in a battle between the two Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates.

Australia will take on India in first match of the T20 series at JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday.

By picking up the two wickets, Bumrah broke a record by going past Ashish Nehra to become the second highest wicket-taker for India in T20I's.

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Australia could be without captain Steve Smith for the opening Twenty20 meeting with India on Saturday due to injury.

Bumrah showed his death-bowling prowess once again when he shattered the stumps of Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the same over with a couple of in-swinging fuller deliveries.

India's batting is bolstered by Shikhar Dhawan's comeback and it is certain that he will open the innings alongside man-in-form Rohit Sharma.

The visitors' middle-order failed once again in Ranchi as Travis Head and Moises Henriques fell cheaply to Hardik Pandya and Yadav respectively. Adam Zampa, meanwhile, is the only specialist spinner in their side.

For India, Axar Patel was ruled out and Kuldeep Jadhav came back, while Shikhar Dhawan replaced Ajinkya Rahane.

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