After India’s 4-1 win in the ODIs and being crowned the No.1 ODI side, the attention shifted to the Dhoni-land Ranchi for the start of the T20I series. The sides were greeted with a downpour at the Jharkhand captain. And the skies also opened up during the game. There was just over 24 overs of game possible and most of it was dominated by India.

India elected to bowl. A smart decision considering the rain in the air. In ran-marred games, the team chasing usually get the advantage. But Australia’s stand-in skipper David Warner announced that he would have anyway batted.

Bhuvi wins another battle against Warner

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David Warner struck 2 glorious boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over. Just when it seemed that Warner was all set to triumph in this battle against his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate, Bhuvi managed to find the Australian skipper’s inside edge before shattering the stumps © AFP
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Warner’s wicket was a huge blow. The Australian opener was leading in his sixth international game. This went on to be his 1st defeat © AFP

Finch’s golden run continues…

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Aaron Finch continued his good form with the bat. He blazed away to 42 and held up one end before… © AFP
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…Kuldeep Yadav cleaned him up with a beauty © IANS

Kuldeep-Chahal continue to trouble visitors

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The wrist spinners continued their honeymoon. They gave away 39 runs from their combined 8 overs and claimed 3 crucial wickets. Kuldeep’s 4-0-16-2 won his first Man of the Match award © AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal got Glenn Maxwell for the fourth time in their four face-offs. Chahal almost had nabbed a brilliant catch of Tim Paine. His final over saw 2 dropped catches and 1 missed stumping. He returned with figures of 4-0-23-1 © AFP
Yuzvendra Chahal got Glenn Maxwell for the fourth time in their four face-offs. Chahal almost had nabbed a brilliant catch of Tim Paine. His final over saw 2 dropped catches and 1 missed stumping. He returned with figures of 4-0-23-1 © AFP

BUMRAHHH!

Jasprit Bumrah is arguably the best death bowler in current cricket. The youngster piled up more miseries in the visitor camp. He cleaned up Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 18th over © AFP
Jasprit Bumrah is arguably the best death bowler in current cricket. The youngster piled up more miseries in the visitor camp. He cleaned up Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 18th over © AFP

The Rain halt

Australia had limped to 118 for 8 in the 19th over when rain halted India's march. A good 90 minutes play was lost as a result. When play resumed India were chasing a DLS revised total of 48 off 6 overs Jasprit Bumrah is arguably the best death bowler in current cricket. The youngster piled up more miseries in the visitor camp. He cleaned up Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 18th over © AFP
Australia had limped to 118 for 8 in the 19th over when rain halted India’s march. A good 90 minutes play was lost as a result. When play resumed India were chasing a DLS revised total of 48 off 6 overs © AFP

The chase

Rohit Sharma started on a positive note slamming a boundary and a six off the first six balls he faced. He went for another ambitious shot off Coulter-Nile in the second over only to have his middle-stump uprooted © AFP
Rohit Sharma started on a positive note slamming a boundary and a six off the first six balls he faced. He went for another ambitious shot off Coulter-Nile in the second over only to have his middle-stump uprooted © AFP
Comeback man Shikhar (right) Dhawan and Virat Kohli guided India to an easy win with 3 balls to go as they went up 1-0 in the T20I series © AFP
Comeback man Shikhar (right) Dhawan and Virat Kohli guided India to an easy win with 3 balls to go as they went up 1-0 in the T20I series © AFP

The teams will play the 2nd T20I at the new stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday.