The Virat Kohli-led Team India thrashed visitors Australia 4-1 in the five-match ODI series and now, a confident Indian unit will aim to extend their dominance over the Aussies in the three-match T20I series starting in Ranchi on Saturday.
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The Virat Kohli-led Team India thrashed visitors Australia 4-1 in the five-match ODI series and now, a confident Indian unit will aim to extend their dominance over the Aussies in the three-match T20I series starting in Ranchi on Saturday.


With a staggering 9-4 head-to-head record in favour of the hosts, nd a 3-0 clean sweep in their previous meeting in Australia in January last year, India definitely look a formidable unit going into Saturday's encounter at the Jharkhand Cricket Association International Stadium.


The Men in Blue will also be bolstered by the return of old warhorses like Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik and opener Shikhar Dhawan against a side with whom they have lost only once out of the five series played so far.


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


The return of the 38-year-old Nehra 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.


Dhawan, who had opted out of the five-match ODI series, is back after attending to his ill wife, while Lokesh Rahul's inclusion ahead of an in-form Ajinkya Rahane will also add to the stiff competition in the top order.


His return from a shoulder injury has not been up to the mark as he did not get a chance in the ODI series but Rahul has been retained for the T20I series and he would look to make it count.


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


However, they were dealt a huge blow as skipper Steve Smith has been ruled out of the T20I series with a right shoulder injury. 


Marcus Stoinis will come in as a replacement for Smith in the squad with David Warner set to lead the side.


The tourists will hope for a better show from their middle order, including the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, who failed to click as a unit during the ODIs.


Uncapped left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Dan Christian, are the new additions in Australia's T20I squad.


Australia's success in the series will also depend on their pace bowling department comprising of the likes of Patrick Cummins, Behrendorff, Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.


Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

Australia: David Warner (Captain), Marcus Stoinis, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (WK), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.




Source:ZeeNews
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