The whole picture
India joins this tour. The victory in the last ODI and the initial T20I means that it is a bit spring in their step when they return to Sydney for the last two white ball matches before the focus shifts to the test series, but even if these matches take place Test preparations will increase for others against Australia A over the city at Drummoyne Oval.
It was a huge match from India in the opening match. From a position where they seemed to be fighting to post 140 before the late attack by Ravindra Jadeja, who has since been ruled out of the concussion series that brought in Yuzvendra Chahal to play his crucial role with the ball.
In the hunt, Australia were placed well at 72 for 1 but Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell fell in subsequent overs and not for the first time was the lack of punch in the order exposed, although the Indian bowlers took advantage of a pitch that began to hold more as the game continued.
Given this contraction of this tour, there will be further juggling of players. Australia have released Cameron Green to join Australia’s squad, but Mitchell Swepson will remain in the T20I squad following his quick appeal following Ashton Agar’s injury. With Australia potentially missing up to six players, who would likely be the first choice in their T20 XI – captain Aaron Finch was waiting for results on scans on Saturday after picking up a hip or glut injury in Canberra – it feels like a good chance for India to claim the series.
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Last five matches
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In the spotlight
After two ODIs below par, Mitchell Starc looked much more like his regular self in his first two overs in the first T20I, finding late swing including the sharp outsinger that Shikhar Dhawan came nowhere near. His last two overs went in 23, but it was his short ball of 144 km / h that Jadeja topped on his helmet to suffer a concussion. Now that he’s out of the remaining T20I *, Australia’s number 8 place is about to win for whom they could take in Andrew Tye, who has not played international cricket for over two years, or the unlimited Daniel Sams, who was BBL’s leading wicket-taker last season and will be a more equal -for -like replacement with his left arm.
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Considering how he came in on the side and dominated, it was all about Chahal, but Washington SundarBall performance was also crucial to India’s victory. He threw his four overs for 16, including 13 points, drove the ball to the surface with Australia’s batsmen struggling to make contact with either straight strokes or crossbows.
Finch are still hesitant, and if he misses it, it will require a change of captain with Matthew Wade who will probably come in. It would also need reinforcements from the strike and would probably see Wade open with D’Arcy Short, which could create a vacancy for Alex Carey returning in the midfield. Nathan Lyon has been named to the squad and may challenge Swepson’s place to offer a counterweight to Adam Zampa’s leg spin. Josh Hazlewood has so far played all the matches with white balls so he can rest. With Starc out of the remaining T20Is, Australia could choose one of Andrew Tye or Daniel Sams.
Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch / D’Arcy Short, 2 Matthew Wade, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Sean Abbott, 8 Andrew Tye / Daniel Sams, 9 Mitchell Swepson / Nathan Lyon, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Jadeja needs to be replaced from the start this time and Chahal’s performance makes him the natural alternative even if it significantly weakens batting. Manish Pandey did not have his best day out at No. 5 with 2 of 8 balls in Canberra. India may decide to rotate Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
India (probably) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Manish Pandey / Shreyas Iyer, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 T Natarajan, 10 Jasprit Bumrah / Mohammed Shami, 11 Yuzvendra chahal
Location and conditions
The surfaces were flat, very flat for the two ODIs, although some of India’s bowlers have found their rhythm since those games. The forecast is for a dry, mild evening.
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Statistics and trivia
In the series’ opening match, Moises Henriques beat his full quota of four in a T20 for the first time since February 2017
India are undefeated in their last ten T20Is, a run that includes a result without two and two bands, which they then won at the Super Overs against New Zealand
Two years ago at SCG, India chased 165 to even out the series.
“I think two leg spinners are good. You have seen the impact leg spin has had on the T20 format in almost all competitions. BBL, IPL, international cricket. There are many leg spinners that have a big impact. The ability to spin the ball both ways puts that’s where I think bone spinners have that advantage in the T20 format. “
“The pitch (in the first T20I) gripped so I decided not to fly it for them and toast the quick bone fractures that the Australian spinners had in ODI.”
*The preview was updated after Mitchell Starc was pulled from the squad