Talk about making a comeback, Team India has just showcased one of the best comebacks. The Men in Blue after losing the ODI series 2-1 have managed to make a stunning comeback into the T20I series as they now lead 2-0 in the series and a series loss is inevitable for the Baggy Greens. The visitors have also made sure they extended their unbeaten streak in T20I, making the tally to 9 now.
The 3rd T20I between Australia and India is set to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Though the match will be a dead rubber and will not affect the result of the series, it is now the Aussies' turn to avoid a humiliating white-wash. Virat Kohli and Co. will be hoping they can register a memorable white-wash and also keep their streak intact.
The 2nd T20I saw India win the toss and elect to bat first. The Aussies had a blazing start to their innings courtesy of stand-in skipper Mathew Wade. The Aussies finished with a mammoth score of 194 and it did look like the Indian skipper made a mistake by choosing the chase down. But the spirited start by the Indian openers- KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan combined with the magnificent finish by all-rounder Hardik Pandya ensured the Indians sealed the series and the decision to chase was justified.
Can the Men in Blue register a historic white-wash? Or as the Indians did in the ODI series, can the Aussies bounce back and save themselves from a humiliating 3-0 scoreline?
Match Toss Time: 18:40 Local (13:10 IST)
Match Start Time: 19:10 Local (13:40 IST)
Match Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Once again the conditions are ideal for cricket and nature has no plans for spoil-sport. The temperature is expected to hover around 21- 17 degrees Celsius and the humidity at the peak is expected to reach the 44% mark. Overall, the conditions are expected to be pleasant for the game.
The Pitch in Sydney as expected was a belter and the batsmen made full use of it. The bowlers had a tough time containing the batsmen and it was only the mistimed shots that earned them wickets. Once again a high-scoring game is on the cards. The toss does not matter much as we saw the pitch remained the same throughout the match. It will all come down to the team that can hold their nerve till the end.
With the humidity on the lower side, the dew factor is not expected to come into play.
Aussies were dealt with yet another injury and this time in form of their in-form opener Aaron Finch. The list is only getting worse for the Australians and they will be hoping the players recover in time for the Test series. The list now consists of Aaron Finch, David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Ashton Agar. Said that the Aussie camp will be relieved with the return of their spearhead Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. With not many options, the management is likely to go ahead with the same team that featured in the 2nd T20I.
Virat Kohli and Co. on the other side are doing a wonderful job and except for the absence of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, the camp looks full strength now. The team is unbeaten in the T20I series and for that reason, they would be happy to go ahead with the same Xl and hope they can white-wash the mighty Aussies.
Probable Playing Xl
Australia (Aus): D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade (c & wk), Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye
India (Ind): KL Rahul (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal
Aus vs Ind Fantasy Team
KL Rahul, Matthew Wade, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, T. Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa
Captain Picks: KL Rahul (Ind), Mathew Wade (Aus)
Vice-Captain Picks: Moises Henriques (Aus), Virat Kohli (Ind)
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