India would be eyeing a better show in the second T20I against Australia to level the series 1-1. India would be making a few changes in the XI to give other players the opportunity to shine in the T20I series and make a claim for World Cup berth.
India have few berths open for World Cup and the limited-overs series is the last opportunity for few Indian cricketers to seal a World Cup berth. Cricwizz takes a look at India’s possible XI for the second T20I against Australia.
KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan was rested for the first T20I against Australia. And his replacement KL Rahul came good with a brilliant fifty in the first T20I. Rahul is likely to be persisted with in the second T20I as well as he is the candidate for a reserve opener in World Cup.
It’s likely Rohit Sharma will be rested this time and Shikhar Dhawan will be recalled to partner Rahul. The Dhawan-Rahul pair will also get the left-right combination going at the top of the order.
Kohli did not show any sign of rustiness in the first T20I during his knock of 17-ball 24. Kohli would look to lead from the front in the second T20I to give India hope of levelling the series. India bank heavily on Kohli to bail the team out and protect India’s unbeaten streak at home in T20Is. Kohli has the knack of coming good in crucial encounters and the fans can expect a Kohli special in Bengaluru, the home ground for RCB.
Pant was run-out in the first T20I. He is facing heat to score consistently to seal a World Cup berth. Hence, Pant will be itching to have a go after the Australian bowlers on a flat deck at Benglauru. A Pant’s show is not ruled out. Pant is the front-runner for the second keeper’s slot in World Cup and must come good in the last few limited-overs matches to keep Dinesh Karthik at bay for an England ticket.
Dhoni was criticised for his slow batting in the Vizag T20I, but the former Indian cricketer has no choice with wickets falling at other ends. Dhoni refused quite a few singles, but India then faced the risk of being bowled out for less than the actual score.
If only India had won, Dhoni’s innings would have been hailed as masterclass. But India lost narrowly. Dhoni has the support of the team management and would be banked on to give the middle-order the stability it requires.
Karthik faces a tough task at hand. The second T20I is the last match he will play before the World Cup. He has been omitted from the five-match ODi series against Australia as Pant has been given the second keeper’s slot. Karthik failed in the first T20I and only a superhuman effort in the second T20I will remind selectors of his worth when they sit down to select the World Cup squad.
Krunal Pandya is likely to retain his place in the XI as India would need a left-arm spinner to add variety to the bowling attack and give India depth in the battling line-up. Krunal Pandya is expected to bowl in tandem with YS Chahal to put India ahead. Krunal Pandya has the knack of picking up wickets and making useful cameos with the bat lower down the order.
India may omit Mayank Markande and give Vijay Shankar a spot in the XI for the second T20I. Mayank did not bowl poorly in the first T20I, but India missed a batsman. Hence, Shankar can be the ideal foil as the all-rounder in the XI for second T20I.
Shankar impressed with the bat in the New Zealand series. And he will be expected to deliver with both bat and ball this time. In this line-up, India will have only five bowlers, hence, Shankar will be expected to deliver all his 4 overs, tie up the opposition and choke them.
Chahal had a brilliant outing in the T20I series decider against England in 2017 at Bengaluru. He took 6/25 to destroy England single-handedly and win the series for India. He will be expected to do the magic once again on his IPL home ground. Once Chahal gets going, it’s difficult to stop him. Hence, Kohli and Co. would be hoping the familiarity with the Bengaluru conditions will aid Chahal to win the match for India and level the series.
Jasprit Bumrah was the star performer for India in the first T20I, where he took 3/16 in his 4 overs and gave India hope of a miraculous win. He took 2 wickets and conceded just 2 runs in penultimate over to raise India’s hopes. But Umesh Yadav failed to defend 14 runs in the last over. Bumrah will be India’s go-to man in the Bengaluru T20I. A run-fest is promised and the team which bowls better on the particular day will emerge winner. Hence, a lot rests on Bumrah to take India across the finish line.
Umesh Yadav was heavily trolled for his failure to defend 14 off the last over. Bumrah came in support of him. But India might give Siddarth Kaul the new ball instead of Umesh Yadav. Kaul has done well in IPL and knows the challenges of playing T20 cricket inside out. Hence, he will be a much safer bet than Umesh Yadav who has leaked runs aplenty in limited-overs cricket. Will Kaul live up to the challenge?
India’s possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, YS Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul