The Australian team had finally something to cherish on their tour of India after the World Champions defeated India quite convincingly in the 2nd T20I to level the series 1-1 with a match left at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad tomorrow. It was a clinical performance by the Aussies in Guwahati.
After restricting India to 118 in 20 overs, the visitors were jolted early by twin strikes by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, but the duo of Moises Henriques and Travis Head ensured the visitors reached the target with utmost ease in the end.
Left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff was the wrecker-in-chief in the previous encounter finishing with a four-wicket haul. It was his impressive spell which reduced the hosts to 27/4 in 5 overs. Beherendorff’s efforts were well supported by the other bowlers who also chipped in with regular wickets which didn’t allow the Indians to break loose.
Despite a defeat in the 2nd T20I, the team management is unlikely to make a change in the decisive encounter as this has been the team which has given them the results in the limited overs series so far. The batsmen couldn’t click in the Guwahati, but given their consistency in the past few months, a change in the playing XI is unlikely at least for tomorrow.
The Men in Blue looks a settled unit with Hardik Pandya providing the much-needed balance with his all-round abilities. He has been a revelation for the team with his exploits both with the bat and ball and will be looking to the round of the series on a high. The two wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been the trump cards of Virat Kohli in the series, and the duo will look to come up with an inspired performance to help India end with a series victory.
The top order despite failing yesterday will remain the same. Rohit Sharma looked in terrific touch in the ODI series, and it’s just a matter of time that he starts belting the bowlers all around the park. Meanwhile, captain, Virat Kohli will also be hoping to finish the series on a high.
Predicted XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
The visitors will be mighty pleased with their performance in Guwahati and is unexpected to make a change for the decisive encounter tomorrow. Persisting with Jason Behrendorff paid off as the left-arm quick bagged the first four wickets of the Indian innings which reduced the hosts to 27/4. It was an impressive performance by all the bowlers which prevented India from going beyond the 120 mark.
The match could have swung India’s way had they gone for the review when Moises Henriques had got the faintest of edges to the wicket-keeper but MS Dhoni wasn’t too sure about and Virat Kohli despite being excited decided to go against the review. To add insult to injury, Henriques went on to play a match-winning knock and remained unbeaten on 62.
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff
Australian will be eyeing a series victory and will be upbeat to achieve the same especially after their dominating performance in Guwahati. India, on the other hand, will be hoping to make a comeback. India, heading into the decider, looks the stronger on paper and are likely to come out victorious.