After a close loss in the opening Twenty20 fixture, India will look to fight back their way in the second game against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 23 (Friday).
Meanwhile, the top-order failed to provide support to Shikhar Dhawan, who looked in ominous touch. India have since long banked on their top-order and they will have to score runs if India wants to level terms in the series. Moreover, their talismanic run-scorer Virat Kohli, who slotted down to accommodate KL Rahul, who couldn’t capitalise the start, also failed to get score some runs.
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On the bowling front, the inexperience of Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed came to the forefront. However, Kohli-led India is likely to back their ability going into the next fixture.
The men in blues will be desperate to tick the right boxes and level the series in the second outing.
Here is the predicted XI of India for the second T20I against Australia at Melbourne:
Rohit Sharma, after a swashbuckling home series, failed to replicate his form in the Down Under. However, the Mumbai opener has the ability to shift gears quickly and the management will hope him to hit the right tracks from the next game.
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Shikhar Dhawan announced his return to form with a magical knock of 76 runs. However, this knock was not enough to seal the victory for India. Meanwhile, Dhawan will look to continue this form throughout the tour to give the men in blues a good start.
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KL Rahul needs to score runs quickly to retain his playing XI. He had a golden opportunity to score some runs and be in the good book of the selectors. However, Rahul failed to do so and will look to put some runs under his belt in the next game.
VIRAT KOHLI (C)
Virat Kohli missed out on a glorious opportunity to once again lead his team to victory. However, India will badly want Kohli to return to form at Melbourne and help the visitors level the series.
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RISHABH PANT (WK)
Rishabh Pant donned the wicket-keeper’s gloves in this game and did a fair job behind the stumps. With the bat, he started well but got out in search of runs due to the mounting asking rate. However, he will have to score runs in the middle-overs to cement his place in the side.
Dinesh Karthik played a little cameo of 30 runs from 13 balls; however, couldn’t manage to take his over the rope. However, this will give him enough confidence going into the next games.
New to his international career, Krunal Pandya had the worst game which he will look to erase from his memory. However, he has a lot of prospects and the management will hope that he bounces back in style.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sensational with the new ball. Although he didn’t pick any wickets, he was economical. However, team India will hope Kumar to provide some early breakthroughs to send some early jolts to the Austalian camp.
Kuldeep Yadav has done a significant job in the limited overs format and the management will rely on him to level the series. He weaved his magic in the opening game to claim two crucial wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah once again proved his worth in the shortest format of the game. He gave away only 21 runs picking the wicket of dangerous looking Glenn Maxwell in three overs. India will want Bumrah to continue with his job in the upcoming fixtures.
Khaleel Ahmed provided the first breakthrough for India from the very first delivery of his spell. Since then, he was a tad expensive going for 42 runs from three overs.
Meanwhile, this is a learning curve for the young pacer and he will only grow from here.
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