India will look to stretch their winning run when they take on Australia in the second T20I at Guwahati on Tuesday. India had won the first T20I at Ranchi and posted their seventh consecutive win against Australia in this format. The Aussies have been hit by poor form and would look to turn it around in the second T20I and level the series. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the second T20I between India and Australia.
Winning momentum: Nothing succeeds like success. India posted a record seventh consecutive win against Australia in T20Is and would look to stretch their record to eight matches. Besides, India have been winning anything and everything for past few months in the limited-overs format. Right since the West Indies series, India have won 15, lost 3 in limited-overs cricket across formats.
Well-balanced unit: India have good bowling depth, as they are able to form two separate line-ups for Tests and limited-overs cricket. It speaks volume of India’s bench strengths. Kuldeep Yadav, YS Chahal made Australia look completely ordinary in the 4-1 ODI series win. Chahal has made a bunny in Glenn Maxwell, dismissing the Australian four times in four innings. India’s new-ball bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been outstanding with the ball in both opening and death overs.
In terms of batting, India have one of the best line-ups in limited-overs cricket. They have their regular opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma back and both would be itching to give India a flourishing start in the second T20I. Then, skipper Virat Kohli loves batting in this format, averaging above 50. With the likes of Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya to follow, India have all their bases covered.
Complacency: India have lost few close limited over matches in the last two months. Opposition has put pressure by either their big hitting or tight bowling. Hence, India are suspect against constant pressure and can lose from winning situations. Australia must exploit this weakness and look to bat and bowl India out with an all-round team’s performance.
Squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, YS Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel
Hard-hitting batsmen: Australia boast of few hard-hitting batsmen in the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis. Although regular skipper Steven Smith is absent due to injury, Australia boast of enough batting firepower to knock India out. Australia must take inspiration from their Bengaluru win to put up a better show in the Guwahati T20I.
Failure to maintain the tempo: Australia have been guilty of not capitalising on winning positions and letting go India off the hook. They need to put intense pressure on India throughout the 40 overs to get the better of a strong Indian team playing in home conditions. Australia need to be ruthless in their approach or India will continue to find its way out of difficult situations.
Squad: David Warner (Skipper), Jason Behrendorff, Daniel Christian, Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye.
Prediction: When you are on a winning momentum, you tend to become invincible. Something similar is running into India’s camp. They are just too difficult to put them into a corner. Even if they are in a tight spot, they manage to wriggle out of the situation. Hence, they would start favourites against Australia in the second T20I. Australia, however, have the habit of raising their games at crucial moments and cannot be overlooked either. With the series at stake, Australia would come hard at India. But out vote goes to Virat Kohli and his men in the second T20I between India and Australia at Guwahait on Tuesday.
Possible winner: India
Who will win the second T20I between India and Australia?
- India (57%, 13 Votes)
- Australia (43%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 23