Zampa is familiar with Kohli and hopes to bowl in the right channels to perturb the Indian batter.

India and Australia will face each other in a three-match T20I series starting September 20. One expects to see a cracking contest between the two sides as it gives a serious option of getting tuned to the preparations ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next month. 

India were ousted from the Super Four stage at the Asia Cup 2022, and the idea will be to dictate the proceedings against a tough Aussie side at home. With the World Cup squads announced, both sides will look to exercise the right balance. 

India will be ecstatic to have Jasprit Bumrah back from injury. For Australia, David Warner has been rested for the series. But both sides boast of quality figures in their squads. 

Here we look at 5 key player battles for the series.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Aaron Finch

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in top form of late in the shortest format for India. He has been among the wickets, and his presence upfront with the new ball is a real deal. Bhuvi can swing the ball and bowl in those dangerous channels enough to set Finch up. Finch has been battling poor form for a while now, and he could be shaky. As per Cricmetric, Bhuvi has bowled 36 balls to Finch in T20Is, who in turn has scored 33 runs. 19 dots have also been bowled, with Buvi dismissing Finch on two occasions.

Jasprit Bumrah vs Steve Smith

Jasprit Bumrah will be an exciting prospect, opening the bowling alongside Bhuvi. With pace and intelligence on offer, JB can be a real threat to someone like Steve Smith, Australia’s number three. Smith did well in the recently concluded ODIs versus Zimbabwe and would want to settle in. Smith, who can set the tone for Australia’s innings, will have his task cut out versus Bumrah. Having faced just five balls, Smith has scored nine runs off Bumrah’s bowling. 

Yuzvendra Chahal vs Glenn Maxwell

Chahal is a leading spinner for India in the shortest format, and his application against Glenn Maxwell will be immense. Maxi is a dangerous customer with plenty of experience and pedigree on Indian pitches. Maxwell will be crucial for Australia in those middle and death overs, trying to score the boundaries. Chahal will need to curb the flow and attack Maxi from the onset. Maxwell has enjoyed facing Chahal, piling on 98 runs from 45 balls. He has been dismissed on two counts. Maxwell has a SR of over 200 against Chahal.

Josh Hazlewood vs Rohit Sharma

Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood could be menacing with his line and length on offer. He is a thinking bowler who keeps things simple. He has an average of 18.02 in the format, besides collecting 46 scalps. Hazlewood will want to get the better of Rohit early on in India’s innings. Indian skipper Rohit is a champion performer and will look to give his side a quick start. Hazlewood will tease Rohit to play his shots. So far, Rohit hasn’t faced Hazlewood in international cricket. 

Adam Zampa vs Virat Kohli

Adam Zampa is a quality name in the Aussie ranks. With 71 scalps at 21.23, Zampa will look to be among the wickets and keep things under check. His battle against Virat Kohli will be a treat. Zampa is familiar with Kohli and hopes to bowl in the right channels to perturb the Indian batter. So far, Zampa has bowled 59 balls to Kohli, with the latter managing 68 runs. Zampa has dismissed Kohli twice so far. Kohli has managed just five boundaries versus the leg-spinner.

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