After a close encounter in the First T20I in Visakhapatnam wherein Australia won in the penultimate ball, the Men in Yellow will again lock horns with India and try to resist the Indian ultimatum and end up winning their first T20I series in India.
India might give rest to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan might get a chance to play in his place. Also, Vijay Shankar might be included to solidify the Indian batting and it seems that Mayank Markande will have to make his way out from the playing XI in place for the Tamil Nadu all-rounder. Australia might also look to strengthen their batting line-up with the inclusion of a Fast bowling all-rounder Kane Richardson who might get a nod in place of Pat Cummins.
We expect a tough battle amongst these two cricketing giants, considering the recent slump both the teams have had in the shortest format of the game in the recent past:
Daunting bowling attack – India possesses a fiery pace-attack along with world-class spinners. Even though Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the T20I series, yet India possesses quality bowlers such as Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya, and Yuzvendra Chahal at their disposal. These bowlers are more than able to lead their team to victory single-handedly as was pretty evident in the last match wherein India almost seized on a victory from the hands of the Kangaroos.
Presence of quality finishers – The Indian batting order possesses of quality finishers who more often than not guide their team to victory. Players such as Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, and Dinesh Karthik are all capable of batting well and also take up the role of a finisher when needed and guide their team past the finish line.
Inexperienced middle-order – Even after the arrival of the regular Indian captain Virat Kohli and banned Indian opener KL Rahul, the Indian batting order looks fragile and weak, especially the middle-order. Other than MS Dhoni, the entirety of Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya are all relatively new and highly inexperienced in the International stage, and thus the Kangaroos would look to get past them quickly to try and get an upper-hand in the game just like the previous match.
Presence of Limited Overs Specialists – Even though the Kangaroos are without Steven Smith and David Warner, yet they have specialist hard-hitting limited-overs players, such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, and Marcus Stoinis, who once set can seize the game within the grasp of their opponents within overs just like the previous game wherein Glenn Maxwell single-handedly took the game in pressure situation from the Indian grasps to the Australian grasps. Thus, Australia would be hoping that one of these players get set and play for long in the match, thus enabling them to end up in flying colors.
Variety of bowling options available – In the first T20I, Australia fielded eleven players out of which ten could have bowled in the match. This also provides an option to the captain when one of his prime bowlers is under fire and can alter him with another part-timer. In the first T20I itself, when KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were scoring freely against Adam Zampa, Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, brought in part-time chinaman bowler D’Arcy Short who provided brakes to the Indian free-scoring batsman which eventually helped bowlers from the other end to pick up wickets.
Lack of runs from the Openers – This has been an issue for Australia for quite a time now, wherein none of the Australian openers are able to contribute to their team’s total significantly. One of the major reasons why Australia have lost in recent times is due to the mere fact that their openers have struggled to negate the new ball and thus lose their wickets cheaply. Be it any pair of Travis Head and Aaron Finch, Finch and D’Arcy Short, Finch and Chris Lynn, Finch and Alex Carey, and the newest of the lot D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis have all struggled and ended up being dismissed for cheap.
We expect India to bounce back after a dismal batting show in Visakhapatnam, and level the series 1–1. However, toss would play a major factor in this match and whichever team bats second after winning the toss might have the advantage as Bengaluru pitch is known as a batsman’s paradise and is always easy to chase.
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