The much-awaited Australia-India series is just a day away. The cricket fest down under begins tomorrow as Aaron Finch’s men will take on The Men In Blue. Virat Kohli’s men are coming from a series win against West Indies whereas Aussies’ disastrous run continued as they lost to South Africa in both ODI and T20 series.
India is all set to play 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20I. It is a long tour and this cricket rivalry is crazily followed even by the neutral cricket fanbase. The fixture demands the best out of cricketers and it is never boring.
The Kangaroos have lost their past four T20Is. The most recent was Saturday’s rain-affected ‘T10’ defeat to South Africa. Prior to that, they were whitewashed in the UAE by Pakistan, the world’s number one T20I team.
Their home form is much stronger, however – they have won four straight, against England (twice), New Zealand and Sri Lanka. They are ranked No.3 in T20Is by the ICC.
India have won 11 of their past 12 T20Is, including eight from nine away from home. The lone defeat was against England in Cardiff, in a series they won 2-1. They are ranked No.2 in T20Is by the ICC.
Australia emerged surprised winners in Guhawati after Jason Behrendorff ripped through India’s top order, removing their star first four for single-figure scores to claim figures of 4-21. India were bowled out for 118, a total easily run down by Australia, with Moises Henriques and Travis Head taking care of business.
The pressure is mounting on Chris Lynn to repeat his KFC Big Bash form and the Brisbane Heat blaster could well be boosted by the series kicking off on his home ground. Lynn has hit sixes for fun here for Brisbane Heat over the years and India will be hoping their star spinners can limit his impact.
Stanlake will take the new ball and hope to hit the Indians with serious pace; he was outstanding last summer in terms of taking early wickets and a repeat act could prove decisive.
Kohli is the obvious choice for the tourists and it’s not difficult to find numbers that back that assertion up; last time India played a T20I series in Australia (January 2016), the white-ball master clobbered 90, 59 and 50.
With the ball, Yadav’s numbers are extraordinary in his 14-match T20I career to date and while he will be confronted with different conditions to what he’s accustomed to at home, he may well enjoy the extra bounce.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 20, 2018
All eyes will be on Virat Kohli’s men to deliver overseas – The only criticism that the Indian skipper faces. It will be interesting to see Australia’s approach to the game whether they go out all guns blazing or they opt for a technical cum tactical approach.
Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
India T20 squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.