Australia bounced back impressively to win the second T20I at Guwahati, courtesy Behrendorff with the ball and Head, Hendriques with the bat. The win was too hard to digest for some fans that they whammed rocks at Australian bus. Thankfully, no damage was done to the players.
Heading into the decider at Hyderabad, here are the five talking points.
This traditional batting pitch has seen some wonderful knocks.
How can one forget Master Blaster Sachin’s 175 against Australia here?
In the last IPL, almost 380 runs were scored in a match between Bangalore and Hyderabad. Though it is a pure-dry-flat-batsman pitch, there is something in for the spinners.
2. The Confidence:
Australia had an excellent outing at Guwahati and will be optimistic to seal the series. Right from Behrendorff’s amazing spell to the composed knocks from Head and Hendriques, everything went perfectly according to their plan.
At Guwahati, The Indian batsmen failed, putting only a small total on the board and their bowlers couldn’t defend it- means Indian team will have to rethink their game plan.
3. The team:
India’s senior-pro Ashish Nehra after his long career decided to hang his boots on November 1 at Feroz Shah Kotla, his home ground. Plausibly, he might replace any of the quickies. The all-rounder Axar Patel might also get an opportunity. With Pandey failing in the recent past, Rahul might be selected for the decider today.
Probably, Australia will prefer the same playing XI that won the second T20I.
4. Players to watch out for:
He was the player of the match at Guwahati and has already proved that he can destroy the opponent with ease.
Another star from the 2nd T20I, A sensible batsman who adapts according to the format. One of the consistent all-rounders for Australia.
One of the explosive openers; is the master, especially against Australia. No ground is ever big to him. If he gets going, he usually goes huge.
He has strongly grown into India’s go-to bowler; controls the run flow with his mighty swing. The most efficient bowler for India in recent times.
-This the first T20 International at Hyderabad.
-Virat Kohli is one boundary away for 200 fours in T20I.
-Also, Kohli is two runs short of overtaking Guptill for most runs against a single opposition.
-The Australian & Sunrisers skipper Warner has the most T20 runs at Hyderabad.
-Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma needs only 17 more to become the 5th Indian pair to complete 600 runs partnership in T20I.