Ind vs Aus 1st T20 2020 Preview
After their poor performance in 50-over Cricket which they lost 2-1 against Australia, India will look to pounce on the Kangaroos in the three-match T20I series starting from Friday. Well, the last time both this side met in Australia, the series was tied at 1-1. Australia will look to end their drought of winning the T20 series against India in Australia.
India failed to replicate their performance of 2018 when they beat Australia 2-1. However, Australia have taken their revenge this time around by taking the series 2-1 with T20s a Test series to follow.
India must have missed the services of their vice-captain Rohit Sharma. But it was their bowling that cost them the series.
Hardik Pandya as a pure batsman at no.6 position has shown some maturity. The kind of calmness he displayed in this series was a positive sign for the men in blue in the future. He was also the highest run-scorer for India notching up 210 runs in 3 matches – 90, 28, 92* at an average of 105 and strike rate of 114.75. India would be expecting the same from him when they will take the field on Friday.
Indian players are coming to this international series after having a good one and a half month IPL and the players will be all set to take Aussies. All eyes will be on India’s vice-captain of this series and orange cap holder KL Rahul. The KXIP captain will be looking to pair with his star partner Mayank Aggarwal who also had a good IPL season for KXIP if India doesn’t start with Shikhar Dhawan. They need to repeat their stellar show against a powerful bowling line up of Hazlewood and Starc.
India’s bench strength is also very strong. It would be interesting to see who gets the chance to feature in the playing XI. There are 3 options in form of Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Manish Pandey and any two of them will be no.4 and no.5. Hardik and Jadeja will be India’s no.6 and no.7. Shami had a good IPL but maybe Natrajan can make his debut in the T20I.
For Australia, Finch and Smith will look to carry on the momentum which they have set in the ODI series. Glenn Maxwell who had a poor IPL run has shown a bit of promise in the ODI series and would look to capitalize on the Indian bowlers.
If Australia has to beat India, they need to put a huge total on the board just like they did in the ODI. But considering that they have been hit by a string of injuries, they won’t be full-strength, like they weren’t for the third ODI.
The T20Is series looks to be more competitive than the ODI series considering the star-studded line up both sides have.
India vs Australia – 1st T20I
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
India: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mayank Agarwal, Sanju Samson, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Shami
Australia: Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, Marnus Labuschagne, D Arcy Short, Cameron Green, Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis