"I think David Warner and Aaron Finch can be risky for India in the T20 series". But if the third and fourth balls went to the boundaries, the fifth one took an inside edge off Warner's willow and crashed onto the stumps. 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.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia in the first T20 worldwide at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday. But soon, in-form Finch and Glenn Maxwell (17) stabilised the Australian innings and forged a 47-run partnership for the second wicket. He said that batsmen will struggle to get under the ball.
In the last T20I bilateral series, India made a 3-0 clean sweep in Australia in January previous year while they have lost only once out of the five series played between the two nations. Although the hosts endured an early wobble when Rohit Sharma was dismissed, Kohli joined hands with Shikhar Dhawan to ease their nerves, propelling India to a clinical 9-wicket triumph.
Australia could be without captain Steve Smith for the opening Twenty20 meeting with India on Saturday due to injury. 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. The duo stitched a couple of solid partnerships in the ODIs and their contribution at the top will be key to Australia's chances, given their inconsistent middle order. If that happens, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul will have to warm the benches. David Warner is expected to lead the side if Smith is unavailable for the series opener.
Allrounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques have also flown in for the T20 series. He, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile - the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series - form Australia's pace battery. Adam Zampa, meanwhile, is the only specialist spinner in their side.