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India vs Australia 3rd T20I Preview: All to play for in Hyderabad with the series at 1-1

Australia's Adam Zampa
Australia's Adam Zampa

Almost all the 3-match T20 series between India and Australia in the recent past have gone to the decider and the ongoing one is no different. 

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Closely matched teams 

The two sides, one the number one ranked T20I team and other the T20 World champions, are so closely matched that it is inevitable for a slugfest to be on display. In fact, there has been almost nothing to differentiate between the two sides in this series. 

India were brilliant with the bat in the series opener and had they won the toss and got to chase, there's a big chance that they would have ended up winning that match. On the contrary, had Australia won the toss in the second truncated T20 International, they would have had a very good chance of taking the series there and then. 

Between the two games, India certainly had a bigger advantage as it gets even more beneficial to chase in a truncated match as was the case in the second T20 at Nagpur. 

Wade shines 

Captain Aaron Finch was very good for his side once again and has shown sparks of coming back close to his best since he retired from ODI cricket. 

Matthew Wade impressed yet again with an unbeaten 43 off just 20 balls, going at a strike rate of 215 with the help of 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. He got stuck into almost all of the Indian bowlers with the exception of Axar Patel. 

Tactical error? 

I claim to be no expert but perhaps the Indian bowlers are missing a trick by bowling over the wicket to him as they are left with no wiggle room. You go slightly outside the off stump and he has the pedigree to find the gaps and just pierce the field. You try to go close to his body and the leg side opens up for him. 

That he is such a capable player of the lap shot opens a completely new dimension as well. Hence, the Indian bowlers will be better served to either bowl quick and straight into the stumps from around the wicket or short of a length into the pitch and not allow him a lot of space to swing his arms while targeting the cow corner. 

 Axar Patel stands out 

Axar Patel was the most impressive for India with the ball and picked up two wickets while giving away just 13 runs. Jasprit Bumrah also did decently well on comeback. 

Captain Rohit Sharma received the Player of thc Match award for his unbeaten 46 off just 20 balls which was as good as Matthew Wade's innings. Dinesh Kartik finished off proceedings with a 6 and a 4 of the last two deliveries. 

Adam Zampa picked up three wickets for Australia while going at an economy rate of 8.14. 

Richardson to get a game? 

As far as team changes go, India brought in speedster Bumrah in place of Umesh Yadav and played an extra batter as one bowler became surplus due to the shortened game which allowed each bowler a maximum of two overs. 

As a result, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to miss out. He is likely to be back in this match; if not Deepak Chahar is likely to be tried in place of Rishabh Pant. Australia dropped Josh Inglis and the injured Nathan Ellis, bringing in Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott. Kane Richardson is likely to play ahead of Abbott in the decider. 

Predicted Playing XIs 

India - Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal 

Australia - Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson/Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood 

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