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Ranchi T20I: India win toss, opts to bowl against Australia

Ranchi, Oct 7 (UNI) Team India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field first against Australia in the first T20I of the three-match series at the iconic JSCA International stadium here this evening.

The men in blue will be eyeing to continue with their winning run in the shortest format of the game too, after thrashing the visitors 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series.

On the other hand, after being hammered in the 50-over format, the Australian side suffered a major blow this morning as skipper Steve Smith was ruled out of the series after receiving a shoulder injury. In absence of Smith, David Warner will be leading the side tonight.

While hosts India has gone in with two spinners, same number of pacers and opener Shikhar Dhawan is back in the playing eleven replacing Ajinkya Rahane, for Australia, Glenn Maxwell is back in the side and medium pacer Jason Behrendorff will be making his debut.
Playing XI:
Australia: David Warner(c), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Tim Paine(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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Confusion prevails over venue for India-West Indies ODI

21 Mar 2018 | 3:43 PM

Kochi, Mar 21(UNI) With the confusion and uncertainty over the venue for conducting the One-Day International match between India and West Indies, to be held on Novermber one continued, the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA), which owned the proposed Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here, informed that they had not take a final decision in this regard.

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Better late than never for Alonso after Spain call-up

21 Mar 2018 | 10:15 AM

Undated, Mar 21 (Reuters) Marcos Alonso is keen to prove himself at international level after the Chelsea defender earned his first senior Spain call-up for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Argentina.

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Kante feels "at home" with Chelsea

21 Mar 2018 | 9:23 AM

Undated, Mar 21 (Reuters) Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante says he feels "at home" at the club despite speculation linking him with a return to France.

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Bertrand ruled out of England friendlies with back injury

21 Mar 2018 | 8:41 AM

Undated, Mar 21 (Reuters) Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has withdrawn from the England squad for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy due to a back injury, the Football Association (FA) has said.

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Man Utd still flex most social media muscle

20 Mar 2018 | 11:50 PM

By Martyn Herman
LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) Manchester United are trailing Manchester City this season on the pitch but are peerless when it comes to their social media muscle, according to a report published this week.

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