Having impacted the proceedings in the first encounter of the ongoing India-Australia bilateral T20I series, the rain proved to be a spoilsport yet again, altering the duration of the play in the 2nd game as well. India has to chase a modest target of 137 runs in 19 overs, which is no way a tall ask for a well-oiled batting machinery featuring the likes of Rohit, Shikhar, Virat and more. If India manages to run down the total, which is a likely scenario unless rain decides to pour yet again, the third and final T20I to be played at Sydney on Sunday will be the series-decider.
With Sydney T20I being the final showdown in all likelihood, the fantasy leaguer in you must be itching to try your ingenuity and cricket awareness to claim the status of the go-to guy for everything cricket. We are here to help your cause with few insights into team selection.
- Though Finch was out for a first ball duck in the Melbourne T20I, he is the right man for the opening slot for his sheer class and experience. Pairing him with Rohit makes perfect sense, as the ‘hit man’ is due for big runs.
- Kohli for his poise and stroke play is the best man to come at no.3.
- Opt for Glenn Maxwell for the number 4 slot, as on a given day, he can change the course of the match single handedly.
- Dinesh Karthik does not really have competition for the wicketkeeper slot, since Alex Carey is yet to showcase his abilities.
- Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile are ideal candidates for the all-rounder spot, each capable to taking crucial wickets and getting quick runs.
- Adam Zampa and Kuldeep Yadav should be your spin bowling options.
- Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah can fetch you points with their swing and pace. Considering his performance in the ongoing match, Khaleel Ahmed also deserves an inclusion.
|Match||Australia vs India, 3rd T20I|
|Match Days||25 November 2018 – night match (20-over match)|
|Time||18.50 start, First Session 18.50-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.40, Second Session 20.40- 22.05|
|Venue||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Series||India tour of Australia 2018/19|
|Match number||T20I no. 714|