Cricket will return in the city of MS Dhoni as India takes on Australia in the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi as the T20 series commences from tomorrow, which promises to be another competitive and close contest between the two teams. Australia, being badly injured in the ODI series, will be aiming a better outing in the shortest format and overturn their fortune in this so far disappointing tour.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), 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: Steve Smith, David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Finch, Dan Christian, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter Nile
India’s pace attack will be led by the veteran Ashish Nehra who makes a come back in the team after a lengthy gap. Speaking of his return, Nehra said, “The only one thing that is not happy that I am still playing is my body.” He still wants to play for a couple of years and it will be a huge opportunity for him. Return of Dhawan will add to India’s firepower in batting and in Ranchi it will be wiser for the team to win the toss and choose to bowl because of the dew factor as the night progresses.
Australia have included Dan Christian and Henriques and one of them may play tomorrow. They will have to get their tactics right and handle the spinners well to get a positive result out of the match.
Another factor will be MS Dhoni’s batting order whether he will promote himself up in the shortest format in front of his home crowd, but overall the balance is tilted in favor of the hosts but there will fight for sure in the twenty two yards.
The match will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD from 20.00 IST, while the pre show will start an hour before.