India vs Australia 2nd T20I: The teams have started preparations in earnest for the cricket World Cup but there seems to be a void in both the camps that just can’t be ignored. Team India is yet to find the right combination at the top of the order while the Aussies have to start winning consistently. The Visakhapatnam T20I saw a lot of twist & turns. Both teams started off strongly before losing their paths in the final stages. It was not before Pat Cummins & Jhye Richardson scurried for life that the Aussie camp took a sigh of relief. India were the favourites after Jasprit Bumrah’s penultimate over. Umesh Yadav faltered in the 20th, needing 14 to defend & Australia took a 1-0 lead in the 2-match series.
Positives from the 1st: KL Rahul’s return to form. Glenn Maxwell’s clean striking. Jasprit Bumrah reign continues as the best operator in the world & Nathan Coulter-Nile’s discipline with the ball.
Team India haven’t lost a bilateral T20 series against Australia since 2008. The action for the 2nd T20I moves to Bengaluru where the Aussies have a chance to power through before the ODI series begins.
India vs Australia 2nd T20I
Where: M Chinna Swamy Stadium, Bengaluru
When: 7:00 PM IST
The Chinnaswamy has always been a high-scoring ground. In the earlier years, scores over 200 were chased down ever so easily on this turf. But after the pitch was relaid, it has certainly made the bowlers’ life much easier. The dimensions of the ground aren’t as vast as some of the other venues and power hitters can fancy their chances of clearing the fence even of mishits.
In the last 7 games here, the pacers have picked 41 wickets while the tweakers have managed only 31. The fast bowlers have been dispatched for 10 runs-per-over while the spinners have only conceded 8. The turf has certainly changed over the last 12 months but for this T20I the curator assuredly would have created a placid batting track. Chasing has always been the safer option in the Indian sub-continent and the team that wins the toss will certainly field first.
Shikhar Dhawan was rested for the first game where the men in blue were trying out other options. Umesh Yadav didn’t have the best of outings at Visakhapatnam and he’s likely to be replaced by Siddharth Kaul. Rishab Pant should be given a lengthy run to prove his ability with the bat but he’s in contention with the impressive Vijay Shankar. It’s a good headache to have for the Indian think-tank but the chosen eleven have to deliver.
Australia tiptoed past the Indian total but the batting collapse from 89/2 to 113/7 remains an alarming sign for the men in yellow. The Aussies have to not only strengthen their batting line-up but they also have the 50-over World Title to defend in 3 and a half months. The team is likely to remain unchanged for the 2nd T20I
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma/Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(wk), Rishabh Pant/Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Siddarth Kaul/Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande
Aaron Finch(c), D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb(wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR INDIA vs AUSTRALIA 2nd T20I
Jasprit Bumrah has been phenomenal with the ball & he’s only getting better with every game. He’s a rock-star as far as bowling in the death overs is concerned. Slow deliveries, yorkers at 90 miles/hour and variations in lengths. Bumrah can do it all. Bumrah finished with figures of 3/16 in the first T20I and when 16 were needed off 2 overs he produced two scorchers to send Handscomb and Coulter-Nile back to the hut.
If the turf offers pace, Bumrah will beat you for pace and if the wicket is slow & keeps low, Bumrah will trick you with his masterly dexterity. There’s nothing in the game that this pacer can’t do. And watch out for those toe crushers. The Aussies will need to dig those yorkers out to have a properly functioning foot.
In the last 13 months of International cricket, Bumrah has picked 82 wickets in 32 games at 20.37(the 5th highest)
D’Arcy Short was the highest run-getter in this year’s Big Bash League. The left-hander amassed 637 runs in 15 games at 53.08. The most impressive factor about his batting is his ability to find boundaries at will. Short’s strike-rate for the tournament was 140.61 with the southpaw smashing 65 fours and 22 sixes(the most in the tournament). In the first T20I, Short got off to a decent start before he was sold a dummy by his own teammate. Short will always be considered a threat & If India can send this smasher back quickly they’ll have a much lesser target to chase.
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