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Yadav inspires India to big win in rain-hit T20

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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RANCHI, India (AFP) — Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India down Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened, first Twenty20 international in Ranchi on Saturday.

Chasing a revised target of 48 runs in six overs, the hosts achieved the win with three balls to spare. Opener Shikhar Dhawan, on 15, and skipper Virat Kohli, on 22, remained unbeaten.

But it was left-arm wrist spinner Yadav who set up India's 1-0 lead in the three-match series, as he returned figures of 2-16 to restrict Australia to 118-8 in 18.4 overs when rain halted play.

“It has been a combined effort of the players, but also the management group, who have given great ideas in getting specialist players for formats,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

Opener Aaron Finch's 30-ball 42 was the only bright spark for the David Warner-led side. Australia were jolted ahead of the clash, with regular skipper Steve Smith forced out of the series with a shoulder injury.

In reply, the hosts lost Rohit Sharma early after the opener was bowled by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile for 11. He hit a four and a six during his seven-ball stay.

The left-right batting combination of Dhawan and Kohli then took the attack to the opposition as they hit six boundaries between them to ensure a big win.

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