India vs Australia 2017, 2nd T20 ODI Match: Preview & Prediction

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India’s longest winning streak came to an end when Australia won the 4th ODI of the 5 ODI series in the Australia Tour of India 2017. That match victory showed the Aussies mean business. They might have lost the ODI series as India won the first three ODIs, but they have regained their pride by winning the 4th one and are all set to win the rest of the matches in the tour as well.

The other matches in the tour include one more ODI and three T20Is. The second T20I is going to be held on 10th of October 2017 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Depending upon the outcome of the first T20I, the squad and strategy would be decided. Here is an in-depth prediction of the team squads and the outcome of the match:

Squads

Australia has come with their best T20 players with the likes of David Warner in the line-up and India has players like Virat Kohli, who is the best batsman in the world. Here is the predicted squad for the second T20I:

Australian Cricket Team:

David Warner, Steven Smith (c), Aaron Finch, Jason Behrendorff, Daniel Christian, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa

Indian Cricket Team:

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav

Both teams have hard hitters who have shown their T20I skills in the past and some excellent pacers as well as spinners.

Match Predictions

ODI might have been easier to play, but T20I is definitely going to be a battle for both the teams. Here are some predictions about the match and the key players:

The team that manages to register a win in the first T20I would definitely have a considerable advantage. The key to success for a team that lost, is to not lose their nerve but to just play a good match.

Let’s talk about the home team first. Shikhar Dhawan is scheduled to return in the T20Is, a huge plus for the Indians. He has been a fellow teammate of opponent David Warner in IPL due to which he could have some inside knowledge about how he plays also because he is an excellent batsman, which makes him a player to watch out for.

The Indian batting line-up is str. Hardik Pandya has proved to be a huge bonus to the ODIs, and we expect him to play the same important role in T20Is as well. With excellent bowlers like Bumrah and Bhuvi, the men in blue have never been better equipped to take on the Aussies.

The visitors are no less. Players like David Warner, Steven Smith and Aaron Finch have given an excellent start to the team in every match till date. They need to strengthen their middle order. Players like Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head should bring their best game if they want their team to win. The bowling, as always, is brilliant with players like Coulter-Nile and Tye.

Both the teams are in excellent form, which makes the first T20I the deciding factor for how the second T20I would progress.

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