India aim to draw level
India bounced back well in Melbourne after taking a hit in Brisbane but the matter of fact is that they will not be able to start their big Australian tour with a series win in the shortest format.
However, they have a strong chance of squaring it. On the tilt side, Australia will be beaming with confidence after knowing that they cannot lose the series from here on.
With the series interestingly poised, we take a closer look at what will be on offer in a super Sunday clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
From the Indian dugout:
Virat Kohli mentioned that he wanted these set of players to have a long run and played the same XI on Friday. Talking about the bowling department, Khaleel Ahmed, though he picked two crucial wickets, proved to be costly than his usual standards.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/20 while Jasprit Bumrah was the most impressive with the pace that he generated in Melbourne.
As far as India’s spinners are concerned, the visitors were kept in check by Kuldeep and Krunal who controlled the innings during the middle overs. Largely owing to the fact that Australia’s top-order was rocked early, Krunal and Kuldeep did a decent job to apply the brakes.
Krunal got his revenge when he got past Glenn Maxwell and that will give him some confidence heading into the final game. India also have Yuzvendra Chahal on the bench.
The likes of Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli will be itching to go out there and get runs under their belt after not being able to get a chance to bat at the MCG.
From the Australian dugout:
Australia have a lot of repair work to do. They desperately need their captain Aaron Finch and his opening partner D’Arcy Short to come good. The fact that these two openers not laying a strong foundation is actually putting a lot of pressure on the batters to follow.
India were able to dismiss Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell early which didn’t work in the home side’s favour as well but they will then like to see how Ben McDermott fared against India.
Ben didn’t throw his wicket away which, in turn, allowed Australia to have a respectable total on the board. Alex Carey also needs to perform with the bat considering the fact that Ben is a proper wicketkeeper.
Australia’s bowlers will aim to continue in the same vein when they take the field in Sydney. A lot will also depend on how Adam Zampa performs. If Billy Stanlake recovers in time, then it will be interesting to see if Nathan Coulter-Nile still keeps his place.
Make no mistake, if there’s any kind of rain of offer, both sides will be willing to chase. The third T20I will be played on November 25 at 1.20 PM IST.