Disciplined bowling leads India to comfortable win in rain-shortened game

Kuldeep Yadav (centre) was among the wickets once again
Kuldeep Yadav (centre) was among the wickets once again
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India 49-1 (Kohli 22no) beat
Australia 118-8 (Finch 42) by nine wickets DLS method
First Twenty20 International in Ranchi
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A combined effort from Indian bowlers saw them restrict Australia to 118 for eight and later chased down the revised target of 48 runs from six overs in the rain hit first Twenty20 International in Ranchi.

The game had forecasts of thunderstorms but it started on time amid gloomy conditions. India won the toss and decided to bowl first with skipper Virat Kohli citing the weather factor as the reason behind it.

Skipper David Warner (8) struck two boundaries in the first over which also saw him castled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-28). Aaron Finch (42) continued to play positively as Australia ended the powerplay at 49 for one.

Yuzvendra Chahal (1-23) provided India with the breakthrough when he once again removed Glenn Maxwell (17) but Finch kept Australia in the game before he was accounted by Kuldeep Yadav (2-16). At halfway mark, the visitors were 77 for three.

From there on, India took complete control of the game with Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah (2-17) among the wickets. Only Tim Paine (17) managed to cross the double-digit mark as Australia were reduced to 118 for eight in 18.4 overs when rain arrived.

With nearly 103 minutes of rain delay, the game finally resumed with India chasing a revised target of 48 runs from six overs as per DLS method.

Rohit Sharma (11) struck a six and a four to begin the innings well but was castled by Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-20). However, Kohli (22 not out) and Shikhar Dhawan (15 not out) ensured the home side completed the chase in 5.3 overs with nine wickets in hand to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

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