Ranchi: Winning the toss, Indian Cricket team invited Australia to bat first in the opening encounter of the three-match T20I series at JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Saturday.
India have replaced Axar Patel with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Among the batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan has replaced Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order.
For Australia left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff will make his debut.
“We are gonna bowl first. There’s a bit of weather around, so we would like to know where we are placed. I don’t think the pitch will be much better in the second innings but weather is a massive factor,” Kohli said after the toss.
“T20 is a format where you can’t take any team for granted, let alone Australia. Beginning is important, and one window here and there and Australia might pounce. From the last game, Axar is out and Kuldeep is in. Shikhar Dhawan replaces Rahane.”
Australia (Playing XI): 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 (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah