About the Match
India started the T20 series as underdogs, but looking at the way things have gone in the series, they do not really seem to be worthy of that term. India have won the first two T20s and take on the Australians in the 3rd and final T20 of the series at Sydney Cricket Ground on 31st January 2016. Australia already have a few of their key players including Steve Smith and David Warner rested due to their upcoming Test series against the Kiwis. India, on the other hand, have hinted that there won't be any change as far as team combination is concerned. Sydney crowd witnessed a nail-biting encounter when these two teams played an ODI not a long ago, and we expect nothing different when they face-off in the upcoming T20 International.
Similar to the first ODI, the Aussies got off to a flying start, but failed to capitalise owing to the scoreboard pressure. Although their bowlers started off considerably well with Boland giving away only two runs per over after his first overs, they failed to keep the run-rate down after the Indians openers were settled. Their fielding hasn't been particularly good since the Sydney ODI as they've dropped a couple of sitters and gave away a few extra runs on the field.
Aaron Finch is likely to skip this match due to hamstring pull which happened while stealing a single in the last ODI which indeed is a major setback as he was only man to score in both the T20s. Usman Khwaja, who had a dream-like Big Bash League, is expected to replace Aaron Finch which might well prove to be blessing in disguise for the hosts. Chris Lynn looked good in the first game before being holed out as Yuvraj took a blinder.
Despite the downs the team has seen in the past week, they cannot be taken lightly with seasoned campaigners like Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell, who on their day can destroy any bowling attack.
Against all odds, India have performed extremely well in the shortest format of the game. The visitors won the first and second T20 matches quite comprehensively by 37 runs and 27 runs respectively. Their top three have played brilliantly, by the virtue of which they've managed to put up a big score on the board. Unlike the ODI series, in which their bowlers were thrashed to all parts, the bowlers, especially the spinners played a key role in India's resurgence.
India is likely to come out with the same squad and we might see Yuvraj and Raina coming up the order. Raina played well in the first T20, but he looked like a mere shadow of himself there. Yuvraj has already made an impression without even having a bat in his hand, thanks to his wily bowling and agile efforts in the field. Hardik Pandya had a horrible first over in the first T20, but has been a useful bowler after that.
With Jadeja, Ashwin and Nehra in the bowling lineup ably supported by Bumrah and Pandya have been instrumental in India's victories. Kohli has looked in his prime form as he went unbeaten in both the matches. Considering the form they are in, they will be difficult to stop for any team in the world.
While the ODIs and T20s differ a lot, the situation in the final T20 is quite similar to what it was in the last ODI, only the sides are different. This time, India is looking to make a clean-sweep in this series while the Kangaroos while hope to bounce back and show their mettle in the final T20. Looking at the form and the fact that Australia will have a few of their key players missing, we think India will emerge victorious yet another time to end the tour on a high