India’s tour of Australia is all set to commence in few days interval, leaving the fans and the media men in a state of frenzy even prior to its commencement. The buzz surrounding their much-anticipated encounters have been raking in tremendous attention from the time the schedules were announced by the BCCI officials. Whether it would be an Indian decimation or an Aussie retreat isn’t something that could be predicted at the moment, but what could be outlined are the predicted happenings of the second duel in the form of India vs Australia 1st T20I Preview featuring the Team News, Probable XI & Head to Heads Heads for both the units.
India vs Australia 1st T20I Preview
Match Venue: Gabba, Brisbane.
Match Date: 21st November.
Match Time: 7:50 AM GMT, 5:50 PM LOCAL,1:20 PM IST.
Head to Heads in T20Is
In 15 T20I encounters held to date, India has managed to squander the Australian victory on 10 occasions, whilst conceding defeat on merely 5 occasions.
India’s batting lineup is pretty safe and sound at the moment, potent enough to handle the likes of Finch’s XI without much duress. The top-order comprising of Dhawan, Rohit, and Kohli, is enjoying a terrific run in the limited-overs at the moment, and some mega-innings from either of the trio could be termed plausible in the inaugural match of the 3-match series.
Another cricketer who’d have the spotlights onto himself would be wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh pant, whose inclusion in place of MS Dhoni fired up few Indian sentiments. Hopefully, he would be able to do justice to his insertion into the unit.
The Indian pace batteries would play a major role in the forthcoming game against the Aussies. Considering the fact that the pitches offer an immense degree of favoritism to the pace bowlers, it becomes all the more certain that the likes of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar would render a plethora of tricks and variations, if not scalp a bucketload of dismissals onto their name.
Spinner Kuldeep Yadav who has had some enthralling performances in 14 T20Is played so far would be a key player for India, if they are to draw the first blood in the 3-match series. His unplayable spin deliveries managed to get on the English nerves on numerous occasions in the series back in England, and a similar could be expected out of him in the forthcoming game at Brisbane.
India’s predicted XI for 1st T20I
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Khaleel Ahmed.
Australia’s dwindling batting lineup has been the potential reason behind their successive failures in each format of the game. The home series against India could help the Kangaroos in gaining back their lost momentum preferably before the World Cup commences in the English conditions, especially to players of the likes of Chris Lynn, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, who haven’t been fructifying for their presence in the unit.
D’Arcy Short, who was roped in for his carnage laying abilities in Big Bash 2017-18, has been more of a dull sport in the games played so far, and if he’s eyeing for a spot till the 2019 World Cup games then this might be the perfect time for the southpaw to exercise his potency to the fullest.
Australia’s hopes would be majorly dependent on the bowling duo of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye, owing to thier experience in the T20 format of the game. They both have been active participants in various T20 competitions held across the World, and sure-shot contributors in the forthcoming duels versus the Indian unit.
In case the duo fails to affect any dismissals, the task of assuring the same would automatically pass onto the shoulders on Billy Stanlake and Marcus Stoinis, especially on the latter, who was the leading wicket-taker for Australia in the recently concluded series versus the Proteas.
Australia’s predicted XI for 1st T20I
Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey (wk), Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, D’Arcy Short, Jason Behrendorff.
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