Australia will aim to complete a clean sweep when they take on Indian National Cricket team in the second T20I at Bengaluru on February 28 (Thursday). Meanwhile, Australia have already taken an unassailable 1-0 lead beating the host by three wickets in the first game.
Aaron Finch & Co had a great start to the tour with their bowlers setting the tone for them. They did an outstanding job restricting the batters for a paltry score. In the chase, although the openers faltered Glenn Maxwell saw his side through to the victory.
With a win by their side, Australia will not look to go in with the same squad in the second game against Virat Kohli & Co.
Here is the predicted XI of Australia for the second T20I against India at Bengaluru:
D’Arcy Short provided a good start to Australia in pursuit of the run chase scoring 37 runs. However, Short will curse himself for not capitalising the good start to finish the game. The southpaw will aim to do that in the next fixture.
Marcus Stoinis was promoted but he failed to replicate his exploits as he got run out. However, he has been in good form in the recently concluded BBL and will look to storm back to form in the next outing.
Aaron Finch’s poor run in the yellow jersey continued as he got out for a first ball duck with Jasprit Bumrah caught napping the Australian skipper. Finch will be desperate to get his scoring boots on as they march towards the ICC World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell stole the game away from India with his brilliant display of batting. A matured Maxwell changed gears when needed scoring 56 runs off 43 balls to see his side march towards victory at Visakhapatnam.
Although he was a bit sluggish with the bat, Peter Handscomb did a good job behind the stumps with the gloves on. He seemed confident and is hopeful to be Australia’s no one keeper in this format of the game.
Ashton Turner has a poor outing in the first game as he got out for a duck trying to play a sweep shot off Krunal Pandya. Turner will look to make a mark with the bat in the second game and be in the good books of the selectors.
Nathan Coulter-Nile did a fantastic job with the ball returning with three crucial wickets to stop the Indian batsmen from accelerating. The Australian management will hope the tall pacer to continue his job as they aim for a clean sweep.
Pat Cummins was outstanding with the old ball keeping the Indian batsmen at check. He gave away just 19 runs from his full quota and then came back to score the winnings runs for Australi at Visakhapatnam. He will be keen to continue the same form and help his side complete a whitewash against India.
On a day when all the bowlers impressed, Jhye Richardson had a bad day in business. He went for 31 runs from four overs and returned wicketless. The right-arm pacer will be keen to finish the series on a high with a few wickets to his name.
The left-arm speedster was outstanding with the new ball returning with figures of one for 16 from three overs. However, he was a bit unlucky as he missed the edges for quite a few times. Jason Behrendorff will aim to pick more wickets in the second game at Bengaluru.
Although his economy was a touch above seven, Adam Zampa bagged the priceless wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He will look to continue picking more wickets in the middle overs but has to keep the run-rate in check.