With a famous win at Ranchi Kohli and his men will eye to seal the T20 International series at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Assam, Guwahati on Tuesday 10th October 2017.
India has been very consistent with their approach, their bowling has been the key. They have been restricting the teams for low scores on consistent bases.
Australia on the other hand, will look to make a strong comeback in this 2nd T20 International on Tuesday. The Aussies will have to power their team through to win the 2nd T20 match.
After losing the ODI series recently and losing the test series 2-1 earlier this year, the visitors will want to win this T20 series.
The Australians haven’t been the dangerous side in the shortest format. Even though they have quality players like Warner, Finch, Maxwell, Henriques, Daniel Christian and Zampa. The visitors have looked like they are still searching for a clue in T20s.
Australians are the main players in the Indian Premier League. The franchises pay a lot to buy these players but when they are representing their countryside they look like they are from the other planet.
The Australian players also play the KFC Big Bash League. Players like Tim Paine and many other players perform extremely well there.
They should use that experience to level the series at Guwahati. David Warner and his team are capable to play well. The SRH captain should use his experience from IPL.
Australia’s main problem and the worry is the middle order. The openers are in good form but the lack of runs from Maxwell, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Henriques and Daniel Christian is a big concern for the Aussies.
They need runs from these players. In absence of Steve Smith, the onus is on Glenn Maxwell to score runs at number 3 position. The Big Show should make this opportunity count.
If Glenn Maxwell is not firing then James Faulkner can be his replacement. Faulkner has the experience and he is a dangerous all-rounder for Australia.
Players like Tim Paine, Andrew Tye should make their opportunities count. Andrew Tye took a hat-trick in this IPL season, he should repeat such performance for his country.
Australia also has the experience of Daniel Christian and Moises Henriques in their middle order. They should use their services and get the result in the favor this time around.
Jason Behrendroff had a good debut. But it was too little that we saw of him. He needs to continue his work and add more in his kitty for this 2nd T20.
Mean while, India had no problems in the Ranchi T20, but still, they can’t take the Aussie lightly. The Australians are well known for their never say die attitude, so they can make a good comeback in the next match.
Indian bowling looks good and it has always taken wickets at the top. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are bowling well at the start and at the depth.
Hardik, Kuldeep, and Chahal are operating as the middle over bowlers for India. Their contribution too can’t be ignored.
Their batting too looks in good touch. Rohit played well in Ranchi and Shikhar Dhawan may have built up the confidence after his comeback in the last match. His innings of 15 not out will do his confidence a world of good.
The middle order of India was not tested in the 1st T20, but the middle order batsmen performed well in the ODI series and they will hope to continue their good form in this T20 series also.
Australia has a lot to think of before 10th October.
Playing XI of Australia –
Australia might give another chance to their players. They may go with the same playing XI.
David Warner (C), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Jason Behrendoff, Nathan Coulter Nile, Tim Paine (WK), Daniel Christian, Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye.
India might experiment with their squad and with their batting order. Pinch-hitter Hardik Pandya will be seen at number 4 like he was promoted in the ODI series.
India may also add veteran pacer Ashish Nehra in place of Bhuvi or Bumrah.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jhadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra/Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Japrit Bumrah.
Australia has lost 7 T20 Internationals against India on a trot. Will this end? Or will Australia make their way to end this losing streak?
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