Both India and Australia had started the current three-match T20I series with the intention of finding the right combination for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. But after the first match at Mohali, the Indians reached Nagpur for the second T20 encounter with more headaches and unanswered questions rather than solutions. Going into the opening match, the Indian team management wanted some more inputs on the opening and middle order batting and the quick bowling options as senior pacer Jasprit Bumrah is still not ready to play while senior bowler Mohd Shami had to withdraw from the series due to a Covid positive test before the start of the series.
Though former India skipper Virat Kohli struck his 71st international century in the match against Afghanistan in Asia Cup Super Fours, the batting still did not have a settled look as opener K.L Rahul had just returned from a lengthy injury break. The question of the all-rounder in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja too was looking.
The first T20I match against Australia was to provide some answers to these conundrums. But that did not happen in the end as India lost the match by four wickets to concede a 0-1 lead in the three-match series. The Indian batters – especially opener Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya – played brilliantly and sensibly to help the team post 207/6 in 20 overs with K.L Rahul anchoring the innings with 55 and Hardik Pandya giving it a late impetus with a brilliant unbeaten 71, Suryakumar Yadav propelled the team ahead with a 25-ball 46 as India posted a big total for the Aussies to chase.
While the batters did well, the bowling – with the exception of Axar Patel (4-0-17-3) – was not that effective, and Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaked runs as Australia rode on a blazing 20-ball 60 by Cameron Green and a vital 21-ball 45 by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Agreed that the Mohali pitch was totally benign and did not offer the bowlers an iota of assistance, still 207 was a defendable total, as skipper Rohit Sharma said after the match.
India vs Australia 2nd T20 match
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
Date & Time: September 23 at 7 PM IST
Live Streaming and TV details: Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar website and app
IND vs AUS 2nd T20 match Dream11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Matthew Wade
Batters: KL Rahul, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Tim David
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
Vice-captain: KL Rahul
IND vs AUS 2nd T20 match Predicted 11
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel
Australia: AJ Finch (c), Steve Smith, Tim David, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mathew Wade, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Nathan Ellis