India will come hard at Australia in the third T20I at Hyderabad on Friday to continue their winning streak in limited-overs cricket. With the series levelled 1-1, the third T20I is a virtual final. Australia have finally put some life into the series by winning the second T20I by 8 wickets. India will be under pressure to win the third T20I at Hyderabad after the poor outing in Guwahati. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of India vs Australia third T20I at Hyderabad on Friday.
India batting power: Although India batting failed miserably in the Guwahati T20I, they are still a force to reckon with. They have two of the world’s best opening pair in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, followed by the consistent Virat Kohli who had a rare failure, falling for a duck in the last match. Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya form the explosive batting line-up.
Bowling variety: India will be tempted to bring in Ashish Nehra for the third T20I at Hyderabad. The 38-year-old veteran has announced his retirement post the November 1 T20I against New Zealand. He might get a game. It will add variety to the attack. But the team management may still go for Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the series is at stake. The two wrist-spinners – YS Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav – will be expected to do most of the damage.
Weakness towards swing bowling: India batting was completely exposed in the Guwahati T20I by a young swing bowler in Jason Behrendorff who took 4/21 to destroy India. Virat Kohli and his men will be cautious playing Behrendorff who would look to do an encore in the third T20I and win the series for Australia.
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
Behrendorff to show the way: After his match-winning spell of 4/21 in the second T20I, expectations will be high on the young bowler. He will be expected to do the damage upfront and put pressure on the Indian batting line-up. However, there is another lethal bowler in Nathan Coulter-Nile who too would look to support Behrendorff in stealing a series win for Australia. Adam Zampa finally hit form in the second T20I and would be expected to do well.
Australia batting coming to party: Finally, the Australian batting line-up is living up to the expectations. Moises Henriques and Travis Head guided Australia to 8-wicket win over India in the second T20I. They have the explosive opening pair in Aaron Finch and David Warner who too would look to bat India out of the match. Maxwell who had a disappointing series so far would look to sign off with an explosive knock.
Lack of consistency: Australia have suffered in this series due to their lack of consistency. Their batting and bowling have been excellent in one game and then mediocre in the next. They have also failed to maintain the same high intensity throughout a game. If Australia do not put up a strong team’s effort, they will go back home empty handed.
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: India had an off day in the second T20I. They will come hard at Australia as they take great pride in maintaining their winning streak. After losing the fourth ODI, India had won the fifth match comprehensively to win the series 4-1. India will look to take inspiration from that win to post another series win in the T20Is. Australia would be confident after their clinical win at Guwahati. A close contest is on the cards. However, our vote goes to India.
Possible winner: India
Who will win the third T20I between India and Australia?
- India (74%, 14 Votes)
- Australia (26%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 19