Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], Oct. 7 (ANI): Coming on the back of a comfortable five-match ODI series win, India will aim to extend their dominance over Australia when the two sides head into the opening T20I of the three-match series here today.
India, who clinched the ODI series against Australia 4-1 to reclaim the number one spot in the ICC rankings, will be riding high on confidence and will aim for a perfect finish to the campaign with the T20I series.
Australia, on the other hand, will look to get back to the winning rhythm with the Ashes coming up in a month's time.
Dhawan missed the ODI series to attend his ailing wife, while KL Rahul's inclusion at the expense of an in-form Ajinkya Rahane will also add to the stiff competition in the top order.
Meanwhile, the visitors will hope for a better performance from their middle order, including the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, who failed to click as a unit during the recently-concluded ODI series.
The two squads are as follows:
India T20 squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.
Australia T20 squad: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (WK), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.(ANI)