With the series levelling at 1-1 in Guwahati, now it’s all to play for in the 3rd and final T20 International at Hyderabad.
India and Australia will face off for the one last time at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad on Friday 13th October 2017.
India will look to repair their batting performance after a poor show by their batsmen in the 2nd T20 match and Australia will look to continue their superb bowling, which made them win their first T20 game on the Indian soil.
David Warner, the captain of Australia will lead his side on his second home ground. While captaining Australia, Warner is also the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
Warner has a good experience of this ground; he will know this ground better than Virat Kohli and many other team players.
Warner is currently struggling with his form; in the last two matches, he has managed only to score 10 runs so far. On his second home ground, Warner will be looking to play more freely as he does in the IPL.
After a century in the Bengaluru ODI, Warner will look to repeat that kind of a knock in the last and final T20 International.
On the other hand, Virat and his men will have to worry a little. After poor batting show at Guwahati, the Indian batting unit has come under the scanner.
It looks like Indian team can’t bat on the pitch which offers pace and bounce. They suffered a huge loss to Pakistan in English conditions and in Guwahati, Jason Behrendroff’s bowling troubled the Indian batsmen again.
This is the worrying sign for India because this Indian team will be touring countries like South Africa in 2017/18, England in 2018 and Australia in 2018/19, their pitches offer pace and bounce. If the Indian team plays only on flat deck then they will struggle to bat like they did in Guwahati and England.
Before these important tours, Kohli and the team management should take a call on the quality of pitches in India.
The Men in Blue should gather confidence and win this T20 series at Warner’s den.
Their batting should click in this last game, Rohit Sharma should play well and Shikhar Dhawan should use his IPL experience. Dhawan also plays for the SRH team in the IPL, like Warner Dhawan too is aware of what the Hyderabad pitch will offer.
Kohli who scored his first duck in T20s will look to make a strong comeback. This is the same ground where Kohli scored a double century in a one off test match against Bangladesh. Kohli should remember this and play positively in the next game.
Kedar Jhadav was the only player who played some gusty shots in the second T20 game, but he shouldn’t take Adam Zampa lightly and he should convert his start into a big score.
MS Dhoni was stumped for the first time in his T20 career. He should be aware of Adam Zampa this time around.
Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well in Ranchi but they failed to deliver when their team was under pressure. They leaked runs and failed to get any wickets in the 2nd T20 International. They should deliver when the team is defending a small target like 118.
Bumrah and Bhuvi had been sensational with the new ball, in giving regular break through for the team at the top of the order.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is another player who plays for SRH in the Indian Premier League and last year Bhuvi was the highest wicket-taker for his team. He will look to repeat his performance for his country too.
Will Ashish Nehra get a game in this last match? Nehra ji has announced his retirement from International Cricket. He will be retiring on 1st November 2017. Till then he would want to play more matches for is country.
Nehra has a bulk of experience as he should be the go-to man for Virat Kohli. Nehra also plays for SRH and he also knows this ground well as Bhuvi, Dhawan, and Warner.
India should pick Ashish Nehra instead of Jasprit Bumrah.
India’s playing eleven –
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/Ashish Nehra.
Australia will want runs from Warner and Finch. Warner knows these conditions well at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. So we may expect some fireworks from dangerous Warner.
Finch played well in Ranchi but failed to provide a good start in Assam. He will look to correct that by playing well in Hyderabad on Friday.
Travis Head and Henriques would be high on confidence after guiding their team to victory. But they need to be consistent enough to do it again.
Maxwell should fire for the Australians this time around. The team management and the captain have started to ignore Maxwell due to his poor form. He needs just one good innings to change that.
Bowlers like Jason Bherendroff, Adam Zampa were on a roll at Assam. They would be expected to continue their good work alongside Nathan Coulter Nile, Andrew Tye and Marcus Stoinis.
Australian playing XI –
David Warner (C), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Jason Behrendof, Nathan Coulter Nile, Tim Paine (WK), Daniel Christian/Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye.
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