Riding high on a string of comprehensive wins in the last 7 contests, India would have wished to set the tone for the Australian tour with a win in the Gabba T20I. However, to their dismay, Aussies managed to put their act together to pull off a victory in a keenly contested encounter to take a 1-0 lead. The result is a shot in the arm for the hosts, probably signaling an end to a downward spiral that set in with the ball tempering fiasco, while an indicator for the visitors of things to come. With both teams on the even keel, the series will be a riveting one.
As the series moves forward to the second T20I scheduled at Melbourne on November 23, the fantasy leaguer in you must be raring to go. We help your cause with some selection tips.
• If the first match is something to go by, the opening slot belongs to Shikhar Dhawan for his quick fire 76. But, Rohit and Finch are better options for their class and consistency.
• Despite Chris Lynn’s decent knock, Kohli is an obvious choice for number 3 slot.
• The experience of Glenn Maxwell or the exuberance of Rishabh Pant for the number 4 slot – take your pick.
• Thanks to his experience and swift glove work, Dinesh Karthik can be the winning move when choosing a wicketkeeper batsman.
• Marcus Stoinis has been in a cracking form lately, and deserves an inclusion as an all-rounder.
• Your spin department is well served by Adam Zampa and Kuldeep Yadav. In fact, Zampa was adjudged the man of the match in the Gabba T20.
• With Australian frontline bowlers missing the action, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are the best bet to spearhead your pace attack. Andrew Tye can be considered as well.
With Australia back to winning ways and Indians looking strong as well, it could be anybody’s game. However, Australia has the home advantage, which may prove to be the difference.
|Match||Australia vs India, 2nd T20I|
|Match Days||23 November 2018 – night match (20-over match)|
|Time||07:50 AM GMT / 06:50 PM LOCAL|
|Venue||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne|
|Series||India tour of Australia 2018/19|
|Match number||T20I no. 713|
|TV Umpires||Paul Wilson|
|Reserve Umpire||Phillip Gillespie|
|Match Referee||Jeff Crowe|