Virat Kohli won the toss and put Australia into bat first in the first T20I being played at Ranchi. Recently, India beat Australia 4-1 in the limited overs (50 overs) format. That must have hurt the Australians and what may have hurt them, even more, is the exclusion of captain Steve Smith due to a freak shoulder injury he picked up during practice sessions. David Warner the stand-in-captain got off to a smashing starts, dispatches the first two balls for boundaries, only to be scalped by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the very same over. That set back Australia, who could only manage to put on 118 for 8 with 8 balls to spare before rain interrupted and played spoilsport. Aaron Finch was the top scorer for the visitors with 42 runs. Kuldeep and Bumrah starred with the ball picking up two wickets apiece.
Kohli did the unbelievable in the 19th over when Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s delivery was played at long on by Dan Christian. The batsman had completed the first run and turned blind for the second realising it is the last few overs of the match. It seems that MS Dhoni did not realise it in the first instance as he went up in appeal. But replays showed that Dhoni did not have a lot of contribution as Virat Kohli hit the stumps on the bounce and had disturbed the timber. The batsman was a foot out the crease and was hence well short of it.
— cricket (@84107010ghwj) October 7, 2017
With news pouring in it is believed that the rain has finally stopped and India will need 48 in 6 overs to win the match and take a lead in the 3 T20I’s. This will give them an advantage going into the series, which could be important from India’s point of view. India needs 48 in 6 overs to win the match.