The T20 series is on the cards after an enjoyable ODI series for India. Both the teams are ready after some sun-scorching displays. The game is going to be different, only 20 overs, the last man’s swing, a small fumble can change the result of the game. Having said that, posting a big total is going to be vital; So does bowling in the right line.

 

Conditions:

Heavy rain kept the pitch under cover, Rain around the corners on Saturday; The average T20 first innings score at Ranchi is 161.

Indian Team:

One-sided games so far, India certainly a team packed with confidence. Shikhar Dhawan is back; KL Rahul, Axar Patel will fight for a place in the XI. The senior pro-Ashish Nehra joins the duo in the squad; interesting to see who will sit out.

Australian Team:

Major blow for the team as the captain Steven Smith is ruled out. The all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will return to T20I after two years. There can very well be four more changes to the team, Moises Henriques instead of Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, allrounder Dan Christian and Tim Paine, the only specialist wicketkeeper. David Warner will take over the captaincy.

Players to watch out for!

Hardik Pandya
Leave the openers, Virat Kohli this lad is making heads turn. He is clearly improving from match to match; adapting to all the three formats. He can bat, he is fast, he can bowl, and he is having a great year.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal has developed well that now the selectors are thinking to have the senior pro-Amit Mishra as a backup. Along with Kuldeep Yadav, he left his counterpart scratching their head. Certainly, he is someone to watch out for.

Aaron Finch
Finch’s love for India is undeniable; his records tell you that.
In the ODI series, the visitors were down and out, until the Victorian came back. He arrived, he destroyed. Against India, in T20I, he is going to be even more dangerous-averages almost 50; a man in form; someone who can take the game away from India easily.

Glenn Maxwell
When we talk about T20, It’s dumb not acknowledging the beast, Maxwell. He might have misfired, he might not have done justice to his selection but if it’s his day, no bowler can ever be dangerous, no ground can ever be big.

Adam Zampa
The dark horse of the match; the only specialist spinner in the squad; He might not control the run flow but a wicket-taker. Yes, Pandya destroyed him but Zampa had the last laugh, twice.

Stat Alert!

-Virat Kohli needs 59 runs to become the 2nd leading run-scorer in T20Is. Also, he is the only batsman to score 400+ runs against Australia.
-India has never lost a match against Australia at home.
-Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker (11) for India this year.
-MS Dhoni has most dismissals (14) against Australia
-Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma scored 2nd most partnership runs (218) against Australia.
-Jasprit Bumrah played 9 international matches against Australia, never lost one!
-India’s lowest total in T20I, 74 came against Australia at Melbourne, 1st Feb 2008.