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Australia ensured that it cannot lose the T20 series against India by winning the first match. This is a strange two-match T20 series between India and Australia that holds very little relevance in the larger scheme of things.
The playing surface for the first T20 was slow and not very good for T20 cricket. It made for a low scoring contest that went down to the last ball, though, as Australia held its nerve and won from a position of real peril.
The first T20 between India and Australia also showed that there is not too much difference in the sides when it comes to the smallest format of the game. We think that India’s team is a bit overrated when it comes to T20 cricket and this could provide some exciting betting opportunities.
India decided to leave out Shikhar Dhawan from the side for the first T20 and give Lokesh Rahul a go at the top of the order. They also left out Kuldeep Yadav and played Mayank Markandeinstead of Kuldeep Yadav.
These selection decisions just don’t make any sense to us so close to the ICC World Cup 2019. Each and every match should be about getting your first choice eleven in the best form possible and not playing Kuldeep Yadav is just inexplicable.
Now India will have to decide whether they want to stick to the same side as the first T20 or go back to their tried and trusted players. The return of Shikhar Dhawan to the playing eleven will mean moving Lokesh Rahul out of position once again unless Rohit Sharma is rested.
India now has an answer to a question that no one was asking. It has a stacked top-3 and no middle order batsmen. There are three wicketkeepers playing in the side right now, one of which was dropped from the side a few months ago and is only playing to get some time in the middle ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.
India’s top order is very good but without Hardik Pandya in the side, the power-hitting abilities of the lower order are extremely questionable.
These are a lot of problems to have and are sure that India’s batting is going to be tested in Bengaluru as well. The surface in Bengaluru has been a bit slow over the last few years but there should still be more life in it than what we saw in Vishakapatnam.
Early wickets are going to be very difficult for India to recover from.
The return of Jasprit Bumrah has made India’s bowling very potent but they need to pick their other best bowlers as well. Leaving Kuldeep Yadav out in place of Mayank Markande was a very poor decision. We are hopeful that India will rectify that mistake in the second T20 but expect the other bowlers to remain the same.
A lot of India’s problems seem to be self-inflicted through poor selection decisions. It will have to depend upon individual brilliance to win it the game once more.
Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, V Kohli, RR Pant, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, V Shankar, Krunal Pandya, YS Chahal, JJ Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul.
Australia would have been very disappointed had they lost the previous match but luckily for them, their tail-enders were able to score 14 runs in the last over. Australia actually ended up dominating the first match for the majority of the time thanks to a very good bowling performance from Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins.
Both of them bowled a very hard length and were difficult to get away. The other bowlers bowled well too but it was the performance of these two that stood out. The fact that Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell were not required to bowl at all also shows the amount of bowling talent available to Australia.
Bengaluru could prove to be a bit more difficult to stop the Indian batting but Australia will back itself to have the bowlers under any bowling conditions.
The batting for Australia was a bit of a mixed bag. They lost a couple of early wickets but Darcy Short and Glenn Maxwell batted very well on a difficult surface. A clutch of wickets towards the end almost lost them the game but a better batting ability in the lower ability provide to be the difference between the two sides.
We don’t think Australia is going to make any change for the final match. They have the right personnel in place and also seem to have the right tactics. Darcy Short and Marcus Stoinis are a very good opening pair. It also puts Stoinis in the position where he has had the most success.
Finch, Maxwell, Handscomb, and Turner make for a strong middle order.
Ashton Turner got out for a duck in the first match but his power hitting abilities make him an exciting prospect. The small boundaries in Bengaluru could make him one of the batsmen to watch out for.
Australia will need to be wary of a strong fightback from India but must be excited about the prospect of winning the T20 leg of this short tour to India.
D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, AJ Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.
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The 2nd T20 match between India and Australia is going to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The weather is expected to dry and sunny throughout the day of the match. There is next to no chance of rain predicted.
The pitch should be better for batting than at Vishakapatnam but the spinners have held sway at the venue over the last few seasons of the IPL. A number of Indian players including Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Umesh Yadav call the M.Chinnaswamy home during the IPL and will be well versed with the conditions.
There is not too much difference between the two sides and we actually like the look of the Australian side better than India’s. Home conditions and the presence of some world-class batsmen at the top of the order could help India bounce back and even the series. Smart punters should look at in-play betting to help minimize the chances of a loss since plenty of opportunities are going to be available in this match.
Back India to win.
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