Team India eye T20I dominance

Plot:

India are in sterling form, beating their opposition comprehensively in all the series’ they have played recently. So far, they have lost just 8 matches across all formats out of total 35 completed international games in 2017. After their success in Tests and ODIs, they would now look to stamp their authority in the shortest format. India are ranked number one in ODIs and Tests and would be eying the number one spot in the T20Is as well.

The Indian batsmen made merry in the ODI series as runs flowed off the bat far too easily. They shared useful partnerships and were clicking as a unit. The bowlers, too, were getting the job done by taking wickets at regular intervals. But expect a lot more excitement in the 3-match series as there are entertaining players on both sides.

There will be a new addition to the Australian squad as Jason Behrendorff, Daniel Christian, Moises Henriques will be a part of the Australian T20I set-up against India. India, on the other hand, have brought Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik into the squad. On paper, India look a better side and will aim to give the visitors another tough outing on this tour.

In this format, it could be anyone’s game. With just 20 overs to bat, a batsman or two can simply take the game away with their destructive batting. Both teams are aware of this but Australia haven’t had much success in this format yet. They are currently ranked 7th in this format and need to bring out something special to win this series and end the tour on a high. Expect nothing less than an adrenaline-filled, power-hitting T20I series.

Stage:

JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi will host the first T20I of the series. There has been just one T20I played at this venue before which India won against Sri Lanka. The wicket usually offers turn but rest assured, runs follow if you apply yourself.

Acts:

Hardik Pandya vs Adam Zampa:

One of the most common sights in the ODI series was Hardik tonking the Aussie spinners. The Indian all-rounder will look to do the same and it should be an interesting battle between these two.

Aaron Finch vs Jasprit Bumrah:

The Australian opener didn’t play the early few games in the series but he returned to the line-up with a bang and was the top run-scorer for Australia. The yorker specialist will look to keep the dangerous striking Finch silent in the T20I series.

Rohit Sharma vs Kane Richardson:

High on confidence, Rohit looked in devastating form in the ODI series. He finished as the top run-getter in the series and will try to get off to a fine start in the T20Is as well. Kane Richardson might use his skills to make things difficult for the Indian opener.


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