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Michael Kasprowicz

With James Pattinson re-aggravating his back injury, the chances of Western Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff to make his worldwide debut in the opening T20 of the three-match series against India to be played on Sunday have been boosted by many folds.

The rise of Hardik Pandya, and wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series.

But the moment of the match we are putting our focus on is when Finch was set for a big score, it was India's latest spin sensation, Kuldeep Yadav, who struck gold.

Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on fire as he dismissed Australian captain David Warner in the first over of the game.

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Variable bounce accounted for Moises Henriques and Travis Head. 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.

Rohit Sharma made 11 off seven balls before Nathan Coulter-Nile found a way through his defences to claim the only wicket of the innings. Australia's slide allowed Pandya to bounce back with a much-improved second spell of 2-0-10-1.

India beat Australia by 9 wickets via DLS method in the first T20I at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi. Leading up to this match, the city witnessed heavy rains affecting India's pre-series preparation. Honoured to be the Australian captain. "The beginning is important, and one window here and there and Australia might pounce", he added.

Mumbai: Australia captain Steve Smith will return home from the tour of India due to a shoulder injury, Cricket Australia announced just hours before the opener of a three-match Twenty20 series against the hosts on Saturday. India has chosen to play Shikhar Dhawan instead of Ajinkya Rahane and Axar Patel will make way for Kuldeep Yadav. You need to be able to execute yorkers and slower balls and you need skill. "But I think I've slowly found a nice tempo which I'm after".

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