The abandonment of the second T20I at Melbourne has automatically resulted in the home team being termed as the favorites to the clinch the 3-match series. India, on the other hand, is the ones in pressure at the moment as they would be venturing into the final T20I with the intent of leveling the series, a feat that would require a tremendous effort from their end. Here’s a pre-match writeup in the form of India vs Australia 3rd T20I Preview featuring the match details, team reports, head to heads and expected XI for both the units.
India vs Australia 3rd T20I Preview
Date: November 25, Sunday.
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
Time: 6:50 PM Local, 1:20 PM IST, 7:50 AM GMT.
Head to Heads in T20Is
India and Australia have locked battled it out on almost 17 occasions in T20Is, with the former acquiring victory in 10 such occasions, the latter on 6 occasions, with the remaining game ending as a no result for both the units.
India didn’t get a chance to showcase their batting prowess which puts the performance essayed by the batsmen in the first T20I as the base for the predictions pertaining to the final game that would unravel at Sydney. The likes of Dhawan, Kohli, and Rohit would hold the key for an Indian victory if that has to happen in the first place. Among the trio, the former exhibited a stupendous inning in the first T20I at Brisbane, and more or less, a similar would be anticipated out of him in the third T20I.
The second T20I witnessed some splendid performances from the bowling department which led the Aussie total to curb down to 132 before rain stopped their play. Khaleel and Bhuvneshwar bagged couple wickets each whilst conceding 39 and 20 runs respectively. The trio of Krunal, Kuldeep and Bumrah affected a solitary scalping each and helped the Indian side lay a major dominance at MCG.
India’s expected XI
Apart from Ben McDermott (32), no other player could crawl past the tally of 20 runs in their individual total. Skipper Aaron Finch departed on a golden duck, Chris Lynn could amass merely 13 and the dangerous hard-hitting Maxwell also accounted for a petty 19 runs. It all zeroes down on the performances of the aforementioned trio if Austrailia are to bulge victorious in the win-o-win game at Sydney.
Marcus Stoinis was pretty phenomenal with the ball at Brisbane, and although he didn’t receive an opportunity to ditto the same at Melbourne, one could strikingly expect the 29-year-old to amaze the audience with a similar breathtaking performance in the supposedly must-win duel in Syndey. Andrew Tye and Nathon Coulter-Nile are experienced T20 campaigners who could come of highly lethal onto the Indian unit if they converge their experience all at one place in the third T20I at SCG.