India is entering this tour. Victory in the final ODI and opening T20I means there is a bit of spring in their pace as they return to Sydney for their final two white-ball games before the focus shifts firmly to the Test series, even if while these matches take place on the SCG Preparations for testing will increase for others against Australia A across town at the Drummoyne Oval.
It was a tremendous backlash from India in the opening match. From a position where they seemed to be struggling to post 140 before the late onslaught of Ravindra Jadeja, who has since been banned from the series with the concussion that resulted in Yuzvendra Chahal playing her decisive role with the ball.
In the chase, Australia was well positioned at 72 for 1, but Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell fell into consecutive overs and not for the first time a lack of power in the order was exposed, although Indian bowlers they took advantage of a shot that began to hold more as the game went on.
Given the condensed nature of this tour, there will be some additional player juggling. Australia released Cameron Green to join squad Australia A, but Mitchell Swepson will remain with the T20I group after his quick call-up following Ashton Agar’s injury. With Australia potentially missing up to six players, who would likely be first-choice players in their T20 XI – captain Aaron Finch was awaiting the results of the scans Saturday after suffering a hip or glute injury in Canberra – this one looks like a good chance for India to claim the series.
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Last five completed matches
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In the spotlight
After two below average ODI, Mitchell Starc He looked a lot more like his usual self in his two initial overs in the first T20I, finding the swing late including the strong outswinger that Shikhar Dhawan hadn’t come close to at all. Her last two overs went by 23, but it was her 144km / h short ball that Jadeja brought her helmet to suffer a concussion. However, he may not be 100% fit yet, so he may not be playing both of the remaining T20Is.
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Given how he came into play and dominated, the whole talk was about Chahal, but Washington SundarThe performance with the ball was also fundamental for India’s victory. He threw his four overs for 16, including 13 points, guiding the ball to the surface with Aussie hitters struggling to connect with straight or tails.
Finch remains doubtful and, if he loses, would require a change of captain with Matthew Wade who could step in. He would also need batting reinforcements and would likely see Wade open with D’Arcy Short, who could create a vacancy for Alex Carey to return to the middle order. Nathan Lyon has been drafted into the team and could challenge Swepson’s post to offer a counterweight to Adam Zampa’s legspin. Josh Hazlewood has played all white ball games so far, so a rest period may be due.
Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch / D’Arcy Short, 2 Matthew Wade, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Alex Carey (Sept.), 7 Sean Abbott, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Mitchell Swepson / Nathan Lyon , 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Jadeja will need to be replaced from the start this time around and Chahal’s performance makes him the natural option although it weakens the serve considerably. Manish Pandey didn’t have his best day at number 5 with 2 out of 8 balls in Canberra. India could decide to replace Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Manish Pandey / Shreyas Iyer, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 T Natarajan, 10 Jasprit Bumrah / Mohammed Shami, 11 Yuzvendra chahal
Pitch and conditions
The surfaces were flat, very flat, for the two ODI, although some of the Indian bowlers found their rhythm from those games. The forecast is for a dry and mild evening.
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Statistics and curiosities
In the opening match of the series, Moises Henriques threw his full quota of four on a T20 for the first time since February 2017
India are unbeaten in the last ten T20Is, a series that includes one no-result and two draws, which they then won in Super Overs against New Zealand
Two years ago at the SCG, India chased 165 to level the series.
“I think two legspinners are fine. You have seen the impact that legspin has had on the T20 format in practically all competitions; BBL, IPL, international cricket there are many legspinners who have a great impact. That ability to turn the ball in. either way it questions the batter’s mind. This is where I think legspinners have that advantage in the T20 format. “
“The shot (in the first T20I) was thrilling, so I decided I didn’t want to fly it for them, and I practiced fast leg breaks like the Australian spinners had in the ODI.”