The Australia Tour of India 2017 had a rough start for the men from the land down under with three back to back losses in the ODI series and two more ODI matches yet to be played. They have lost the ODI series, but they can salvage their pride by winning the T20 series. To do so, they would have to start off strong and register a win in the first T20 to put pressure on the Indians.
But Indians never run from a fight and their statistics for the year 2017 clearly show that they are the best in International Cricket currently. With a fierce leader like Virat Kohli and a cool mentor like MS Dhoni backing him up, the Indian cricket team is stronger than ever. Here is an in-depth prediction of the upcoming T20 match:
Indian Cricket Team:
Although there has been no official announcement of the Indian Cricket Team T20 squad, it is fairly certain that many players from the ODI squad would be among the playing eleven. Here is the squad prediction:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav
Shikhar Dhawan is all set to return as an opener for the T20s after missing the ODIs. He loves to play against the Australians and would definitely be an asset to the Indian team.
Australian Cricket Team:
Australia has strategically brought players according to the conditions of the Indian pitches. Here is the expected T20 squad for Australia:
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (c), Glen Maxwell, Travis Head, Tim Paine (wk), Kane Richardson, Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye
The team looks well balanced and ready to take on the Indian Cricket Team.
The match is going to be held at JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on 7th October, 2017. With a relatively big stadium, the track offers turn and grip to the spinners who are expected to play a big part at this ground. There has been one international T20 match played here, which was between India and Sri Lanka.
According to that match, batting first offers considerable advantage and whoever wins the toss would likely choose to bat first. The batsmen of both the teams are big hitters. So, a target of 180+ is going to give the team a competitive total.
The Indian team has shown in these ODIs that they can set and defend a good target as well as chase down a great one, which is why they are the favourites for this entire tour. Australia is no doubt a strong team, but their confidence is a little shattered after the comfortable wins by India in the ODIs. They hope to regain their elite status by thrashing India in the T20s and at least win one series on this tour.