Both teams look to give final touches to the sides before the 2019 World Cup. The recently concluded T20I series between the two teams ended in a tie at 1-1 with one match getting washed out due to rain. India suffered a defeat in the first T20I which can be attributed to their unfamiliarity to the conditions.
However, they were dominant thereafter and are the favorites to win in the T20Is.
India will field a solid top three in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. KL Rahul is expected to be given an opportunity but it would be difficult for him to topple either of these. Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant will form the middle order while MS Dhoni would be in the role of the finisher.
Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav are expected to form the pace attack while Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya will be India's spin options.
Australia would desperately want their captain and opener Aaron Finch to come back to form. His partner D'Arcy Short is coming off exceptional form in the Big Bash League. The team also has all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis who had been performing exceptionally in recent times.
Their bowling attack will comprise Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson. The team is likely to go with Adam Zampa as their only full-time spinning option.
Given the home advantage and a settled side, India are expected to win the series.
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
Australia- Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (India), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kuldeep Yadav (India), Adam Zampa (Australia)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First – India 170+, Australia 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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