toss India chose to bowl vs. Australia
India’s Umesh Yadav, who broke a three-year drought between T20Is on Tuesday, has also been pushed to the bench.
An overnight rain in Nagpur had submerged the outfield and although the weather was completely clear on match day, the game had to be postponed for two and a half hours while the groundstaff tried to prepare things.
The major concern for umpires Nitin Menon and KN Ananthapadmanabhan was an area at wide mid-on, which gave way to the underfoot and created injury potential. Even when the officials finally decided to go ahead with the play at 8.50 pm, they did so by saying “although the conditions are not perfect, they are safe to play.”
According to the revised terms of the game, no bowler can bowl more than two overs, which will also be the length of the powerplay in each innings.
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (c), 2 Cameron Green, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Tim David, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Pat Cummins, 8 Daniel Sams, 9 Sean Abbott, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (Captain), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (WK), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Dinesh Karthik, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal