3rd T20I, Preview: India vs Australia: The Virat Kohli-led Indian side faces a must-win match against Australia in the third and final Twenty20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
After failing to cross the line in the rain-hit first T20I, the visitors showed terrific comeback to restrict Australia at a moderate total in the second contest before rain washed out India’s chance to level the series as the visitors didn’t even face a single ball.
The Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing in Melbourne and Kohli will once again like them to replicate the show.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a classy knock of 76 off 42 deliveries in Brisbane, showed the kind of havoc he could create and it is expected of him to blast again for one final time in the series.
Unlike Dhawan, his partner Rohit Sharma failed to fire in the first game, but the opener is an experienced campaigner and it is a matter of just a few deliveries for him to click.
Meanwhile in the first game, the ploy of promoting Rahul to the No.3 slot didn’t work and the team management could restore the skipper to his usual batting position.
Australia: An ankle injury before the second game kept Stanlake out of action and he was replaced in the eleven by Nathan Coulter-Nile. With Starc now available for selection, Coulter-Nile might have to make way.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
India: While the option of including Yuzvendra Chahal in the eleven would be tempting, India might refrain from doing that considering the balance of the team.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed
Did you know?
– India have never lost the third match of a bilateral T20I series, winning all the nine games they featured in.
– A loss or a no-result would end India’s unbeaten run in nine successive series. They last lost a T20I series was in West Indies in July 2017.
– Aaron Finch has scored 105 runs in the 10 innings – at 10.50 – since his record breaking 172 against Zimbabwe in July this year.
What they said:
“(Starc has) got so much experience in the limited-overs games as well and we’ve seen how dominant he can be when he gets it right with the ball. We’ll have a look at the wicket…and discuss the side but coming straight off a Shield game with an eye on the first Test, his preparations will be really good” – Aaron Finch.