The first T20I was not at all what was expected. The Australian team is struggling a lot in the Indian conditions. This isn’t a good sign for the team, which had the best overseas record. Even after the rain gave them a fighting chance in the match, they couldn’t beat the mighty ‘Men in Blue’. No one except Finch could take the Indian bowling attack head on.
This makes the start for T20I series disappointing for the Aussies. They would need to muster up some courage and confidence for the next T20I match if they want to stay competitive in this tournament. The 3rd and final T20I is going to be played on 13th October, 2017 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Here are a few facts about the stadium:
The wicket here is considered flat and it tends to slow down as the game continues. This means that the spinners would play a vital role in this match. There have been no T20Is played on this stadium. So, there are fewer facts about that here. India has won 2 out of 3 test games played here but lost 3 out of 5 ODIs and one of those lost ODIs was against Australia. This ground is home to SunRisers Hyderabad, so both David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan understand the batting conditions here well.
Here are the expected squads for both the teams:
Indian Cricket Team:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik, Ashish Nehra, Lokesh Rahul and Axar Patel
Australian Cricket Team:
Moises Henriques, Aaron Finch, David Warner (c), Tim Paine (wk), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson
All players are well-versed in the paced game of T20 and their captain David Warner expects them to up the ante. Here are players to watch and match prediction:
Players to Watch:
The Indian team is full of T20 marvels. Bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the best death bowlers of all time and with a batting line-up like the Indians, it is really difficult to beat them. Out of all players, Virat Kohli is a class apart. He loves to win matches for his team and has a tendency to stay on crease till the end.
For Australians, David Warner and Aaron Finch have to stay on crease for as long as possible if they are planning to chase down or set a big total. Nathan Coulter-Nile has been phenomenal and we expect him to stay that way. The spinners of Australia need to step up as the ground demands spinners.
All conditions favour India as the champions of T20I series and that too by winning all three matches. The ground is good for spin and Indian spinners have troubled Australian batsmen since the first ODI. The Australian spinners haven’t been able to play well even when the conditions are favourable. Therefore, Indians are the favourites for the 3rd T20I.