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Rain intervenes after India run through middle order

Rain intervenes after India run through middle order

Australia could be without captain Steve Smith for the opening Twenty20 meeting with India on Saturday due to injury. Smith will miss three Twenty20s on the sub-continent after falling awkwardly on his right shoulder during the recent fifth one-day worldwide in Nagpur.

He was only able to train for 20 minutes in the nets on Friday before he was forced to stop and Cricket Australia have now confirmed his tour has come to an end.

Team doctor Richard Saw said: "Smith landed awkwardly on his right shoulder whilst diving in the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday".

Sending Pat Cummins back home to prepare for the critical Ashes series perhaps inadvertently points towards the fact that the T20I series is more about merely returning the favour of India's limited overs tour of Australia, which took place in January a year ago.

India beat Australia by nine wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-truncated first Twenty20 worldwide at Ranchi on Saturday.

Smith, who made a significant impact during Australia's 2-1 Test loss against India in March, has struggled to match up his form in the limited-overs format.

Uncapped left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff, along with wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Dan Christian are the new additions in Australia's T20I squad.

If he is absent for the match with India, vice-captain David Warner is likely to deputise in the skipper's role. The yorker king struck twice in the same over by departing Nathan Coulter-Nile for a single run.

Shikhar Dhawan returns to the side after sitting out the ODI series and replaces Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order.

"Glenn has opened the batting in a few Twenty20s for Australia in the subcontinent and done really well". The miscalculations of length began early enough, Warner setting the template when, having flayed two wide deliveries for four, he again swooped his bat down at an angle to a good-length ball and chopped on in the first over.

"I think Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open in the T20Is".


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