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India win toss, elect to field in first T20I match against Australia

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Indian bowlers performed in unison as Australia were restricted to a meagre 118 for 8 when rain stopped play after 18.4 overs.

Captain Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 22 as he combined with Shikhar Dhawan, who finished on 15 not out, to steer the hosts to a revised target of 48 with three balls to spare.

The rise of Hardik Pandya, the guile of the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made life hard for Australia in the one-day series. The match was being played at Ranchi, which is MS Dhoni's home ground.

Shikhar Dhawan: Feeling pretty happy that we won the game.

Stand-in skipper David Warner made eight, while the injured Steve Smith ran the drinks and will return to Australia on Sunday. At the end of the day, we didn't deserve to win. India won the toss and chose to bowl first with skipper Virat Kohli citing the weather factor as the reason behind it. The game can get tricky with a small chase like that.

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"After getting them down to 118, we thought it would only be 40 or something". Picking specialist players for formats, picking mystery bowlers, giving them confidence. Wrist spinners can turn the game on its head.

He was happy that he could understand Aaron Finch's intentions and bowl accordingly. "The ball will come on slowly towards the end". You can also check out CricketNext's LIVE blog for all the with score card and all latest action from the match including live scores online, ball-by-ball commentary and analysis. He (Dhawan) was playing really well in Sri Lanka.

Maxwell pulled a long hop straight to mid-wicket off Yuzvendra Chahal who has claimed his wicket in all four of the Victorian's innings on the tour. This is my first Man of the Match. 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.

"But I think I've slowly found a nice tempo which I'm after".

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