Second T20I - India v Australia, Guwahati
10th October, 19:00 local, 13:30 GMT
The format changed, the venue changed but Australia woes in batting haven't as they slipped to another defeat against India in the first game of the series in Ranchi during the rain-hit encounter. David Warner led the side in the absence of injured Steven Smith and will continue to do so but will have to address the top order issue, if they are to remain alive in the series. Aaron Finch continued his rich vein of form as Australia went on to post 49 for one in the powerplay but the rest of the batting failed to build on from the momentum against the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.
A total of 118 for eight was never going to be enough against a star-studded Indian line-up and the fact that the rain had revised the target to 48 in six overs meant the visitors had a daunting task ahead which they failed to conquer and will be hoping to induce a few changes including the likes of Marcus Stoinis, who looked good during the ODI series.
On the other hand, India will hope to complete another series on a high and not to forget they did whitewash Australia 0-3 down under earlier this year. They are ranked one in the other two formats and Virat Kohli has already signalled his intention of achieving a better position in the unpredictable format as well. The bowling looks fairly settled and the wrist spinners Chahal and Yadav have managed to keep Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were impressive as well. Hardik Pandya proved to be the missing link, India desperately wanted since the downslide of Irfan Pathan and he seems to repay their faith with solid performances with both bat and the ball.
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Pitch and Conditions:
This will be the first game played at the newly constructed Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati but the preparations were hampered by the rain in the city. The forecast is for wet weather on Tuesday as well but the excellent drainage facility at the venue will come handy.
1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli (captain), 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Hardik Pandya, 6. MS Dhoni (wk), 7. Kedar Jadhav, 8. Yuzvendra Chahal, 9. Kuldeep Yadav / Axar Patel, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
1. David Warner (captain), 2. Aaron Finch, 3. Travis Head, 4. Glenn Maxwell, 5. Marcus Stoinis, 6. Daniel Christian / Moises Henriques, 7. Tim Paine (wk), 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9. Kane Richardson, 10. Jason Behrendorff, 11. Andrew Tye
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