Injured Smith doubtful for Australia's T20 opener

by Steven Clarke October 8, 2017, 0:40
Injured Smith doubtful for Australia's T20 opener

It was visible again on Saturday in the first T20I against Australia in Ranchi, as a young bowling line-up restricted the visitors to 118/8 in 18.4 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan (15) and Virat Kohli (22) remained unbeaten.

Dismissal of Steve Smith from the upcoming series will do no good for the Kangaroo team, as the current Australian team is already considered as one of the weakest teams in the history of Australian cricket.

Smith's injury compounds Australia's bleak tour of India after the one-day worldwide side were hammered 4-1.

Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm wristspinner, made for a study in contrast with his lengths in the first half of his spell.

Kohli also said that he thought after restricting Australia to 118 for eight, the D/L par score would have been less than 40.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over from Matthew Wade, but is expected to bat down the order with Warner and Finch looking to continue their strong form as an opening duo. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the playing XI squad showcased excellent performances in all matches, except the fourth ODI. Wrist spinners can turn the game on its head. Their supposed over-dependence on Steve Smith and David Warner and the middle order's failure to capitalise is seen as the reason behind Australia's recent woes. After getting them down to 118, we thought it would only be 40 or something.

Destructive Aaron Finch was set to take the game away from India with his thunderous batting but Kuldeep Yadav's magic restricted the batsman from scoring big as he was departed for 42 runs off 30 balls. We are very happy with the bowlers right now. "The ball will come on slowly towards the end".

Kuldeep was happy with his maiden Man of the Match award. Seven of his first 12 balls were full and it meant that Finch settled into the sweep, employing the shot to the first five balls he faced off him.

"I think David Warner and Aaron Finch can be unsafe for India in the T20 series".


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