India would aim to reverse the outcome of the second T20I in Bengaluru and save pride after facing three-wicket degradation against Australia in the first T20I in Visakhapatnam.
India’s T20s form wasn’t great behind. In the 3-match T20I series played in Australia late last year, the Men-in-Blue managed a draw before losing another 3-match T20I series against New Zealand earlier this month. The home team can now manage another drawn series at best after losing the first match in the ongoing series. But India remains focused on testing players for the next World Cup 2019.
After losing the Test and ODI series at home against India, Australia’s Bengaluru match is an opportunity to rescue pride. The Aussies defeated Sri Lanka in a 2-match test series before landing in India. Positive results will help Australia rebuild its team to defend the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Earlier, Australia nearly let go of a match at Visakhapatnam that was firmly in their grip at one stage. India would draw positives with the ball from the fifties of KL Rahul and the form of Jasprit Bumrah. However, the collapse of the middle order and the poor show of Umesh Yadav remain the top concerns of Virat Kohli.
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2nd T20l Venue & Time: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru at 7.00 PM (local time)
• Australia and India never played a T20I at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, although tourists completed a three – wind victory over Bangladesh at the World T20 venue in 2016.
• The Chinnaswamy Stadium tends to be the slower side, although both teams will still be offered plenty of runs, banking on Wednesday’s likes of Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch.
• The last time India and England played a T20I on this ground was in 2017. India scored 202 and Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web with 6 / 25 around the Three Lions.
2nd T20ls Player Prediction
In the last session, Shikhar Dhawan performed the best; it seems replacement of Rohit Sharma can be expected. India would also drop Mayank for Siddarth looking for a favorable pacer on the pitch. Vijay Shankar is expected to take on the 6th bowling option if India needs.
INDIA Possible Playing: 1-KL Rahul, 2 Rohit Sharma/Shikhar Dhawan, 3-Virat Kohli, 4-Rishabh Pant/Vijay Shankar, 5-MS Dhoni (wk), 6-Dinesh Karthik, 7-Krunal Pandya, 8-Umesh Yadav/Siddarth Kaul, 9-Yuzvendra Chahal, 10-Mayank Markande, 11-Jasprit Bumrah
AUSTRALIA Possible Playing: 1-Marcus Stoinis, 2-D’Arcy Short, 3-Aaron Finch (capt), 4-Glenn Maxwell, 5-Peter Handscomb (wk), 6-Ashton Turner, 7-Nathan Coulter-Nile, 8-Pat Cummins, 9-Jhye Richardson, 10-Jason Behrendorff, 11-Adam Zampa
Australia’s Vizag team included Stoinis’ shuffling up the order and Handscomb takes the gloves instead of Carey. Peter Handscomb says he also wants to don the gloves in ODIs and is willing to work on his fitness to manage the workload of mid-range wicket-keeping and batting. Among the options in reserve are Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, and Shaun Marsh.
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