After winning the series, the confident Indian team will enter the third and final T20 International against Australia on Tuesday, so it will be their intention to clear the host of fitness problems. Captain Virat Kohli and the in-form Hardik Pandya must have missed the 2016 when India beat Australia 3–0 after making a stunning return to the T20s after losing the ODI series.
After losing the first two ODIs, India achieved a rhythm by winning the third ODI in Canberra. In the absence of all-rounder like Ravindra Jadeja, India won the second T20 by six wickets on Sunday and made the series their name. The morale of the Indian team will be increased even more that by resting Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, India relied on the three fast bowlers who do not have even 40 matches total experience. T Natarajan, who handled the new ball in limited overs, made a spectacular debut in international cricket and the Australian players had a lot of problems playing him.
In the last match between India and Australia, the difference was also the batting of both the teams in the middle overs. Australia lost their rhythm after the caretaker captain Matthew Wade was dismissed. Indian captain Virat Kohli, on the other hand, took some great shots after the powerplay. It was also good for India to include Shreyas Iyer in place of injured Manish Pandey. The poor performance of Yuzvendra Chahal, a weak link for India, was a matter of concern. Chahal, who was the man of the match with three wickets in the first T20 as Ravindra Jadeja’s ‘concession’ option, proved to be quite expensive in the second match.
Australia are missing regular captain Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Three of these five, however, played the first T20 which India won by 11 runs. Darcy could not perform well in the first two games as a short opener. In such a situation, responsibility has increased on Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.
The Australian bowling attack lacks experience and it will not be easy for them to rein in the Indian batsmen. A clean sweep will act as a tonic for India in the T20 series ahead of the Test series starting on 17 December in Adelaide.
Teams: – India
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur .
Australia: – Matthew Wade (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Alex Carrey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Samms, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Darcy Short , Adam Jampa, Andrew Tye.