Ind Vs Aus 1st T20I: BCCI Announce 12-Player Squad, No Place For Manish Pandey, Krunal Included

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| November 20 , 2018 , 16:34 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday had announced 12-player squad for the 1st T20I against the hosts Australia which will be played on November 21st at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Rishabh Pant has been assigned with the wicketkeepers responsibility for the first T20 International. Dinesh Karthik, who kept wickets in the T20I series against the West Indies at home, will bat in the middle order.

Virat Kohli returns to lead team India, who was rested for the T20I series against the Windies. Other than that, there were no other changes to the team which beat West Indies 3-0.

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Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings while Kohli will be expected to bat at his usual No.3 position. KL Rahul, who had a sensational IPL season with Kings XI Punjab and scored a T20I hundred in England, will bat at No.4 followed by Pant at No.5 and Dinesh Karthik at No. 6.

All-rounder Krunal Pandya retained his spot at No. 7 after an impressive debut against West Indies. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be the two regular spinners in the side. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed will handle the fast bowling department.

However, India have dominated the Aussies in T20 Internationals since the two countries have started playing each other in the particular format. Head to head over the last 10 years, India have won 15 encounters while Australia have won 5. One match was abandoned in Hyderabad last year.

In 2016, India whitewashed Australia 3-0 thanks to Kohli, who smashed three half-centuries in the series.

Meanwhile, the Australian team was dealt a blow when it was announced that the bans handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft would stand. That meant Smith and Warner would play no role in the T20Is, Tests and ODIs against India from November 21 to January 18.


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