The first T20I between India and Australia in Vizag turned out to be a thriller with the result of the match coming on the final ball of the game. Now, the focus shifts to the second T20I, which will be played at M Chinnaswamy stadium. It is a two-match T20I series, so the Bengaluru T20I will be a do-or-die game for India.
Here is our Predicted XI for the second T20I against Australia:
The Indian T20I vice-captain, Rohit Sharma needs to stand up and perform for the Men in Blue. He is one of the best batsmen in the T20 format. In the last seven T20Is, however, the stylish Indian opener has scored just one fifty. He is crucial to India’s hopes in the series-deciding T20I game in Bengaluru.
Rahul made a terrific comeback and was the stand-out batsman in the first T20I at Vizag against Australia. He scored a free-flowing fifty and played some classical shots. Given how good he has been in T20 internationals, and the fifty he made in Vizag, India might well play him ahead of Dhawan tomorrow as well.
Virat Kohli (C)
Kohli has scored just one fifty in last 11 T20Is and just like Rohit, needs to pull his socks up in the Bengaluru T20I. Virat looked in good touch in Vizag but he needs to play a defining knock in the series-decider against Australia.
Rishabh Pant was unlucky to get run-out in the last T20I. But, he can be very dangerous in the shortest format and would need to play a knock of repute if he has to boost his chances of inclusion in India’s World Cup squad.
MS Dhoni (WK)
MS Dhoni is a misfit in India’s T20I squad at present. With some quality youngsters making their way, even his selection in the T20I squad is surprising. It was not as if he was lacking in practice, as he would be playing all the five ODIs against Australia, so his T20I selection was baffling, to say the least. Dhoni made 29 runs off 37 deliveries in the Vizag T20I and he certainly needs to up his game, especially when it comes to power-hitting.
Dinesh Karthik has been fabulous as a finisher in T20 cricket. He failed in the first T20I but should be persisted with in the second game. If Dhawan makes a return, Rahul would bat at no.3 and that would disturb Kohli’s batting position. If Vijay Shankar replaces Karthik, he would give overs but won’t be useful lower-own the order, given he needs to work on power-hitting. That means India would be deprived of the benefit of an all-rounder. So, keeping all aspects in mind, it would be better if India plays Karthik at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Krunal Pandya was India’s second-best bowler in the Vizag T20I. He gave away just 17 runs and picked up the crucial wicket of Ashton Turner in his quota of overs. But, he is yet to show his batting prowess for India in T20Is, which he would love to, in an important game against Australia.
Wrist-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal shot to fame with his brilliant performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore. One of the great things about his IPL stint has been how well he bowls at a small ground like M Chinnaswamy stadium. Even his best figures in T20Is came in Bengaluru, so he would be India’s trump-card in the second T20I.
Bumrah ended with figures of 3/16 in the first T20I and was the force, which helped India give a tough fight in the Vizag T20I. The 25 years old will again be paramount to India’s hopes.
Umesh Yadav was poor and one of the major reasons behind India’s loss in Vizag. He clearly struggles in death overs and it would be better for India if they play Siddarth Kaul in place of Umesh Yadav.
Leg-spinner, Mayank Markande, who made a name for himself in the 2018 IPL, had an average outing in the first T20I against Australia. But, he should be given another chance. Markande is not part of India’s ODI squad against Australia, so he needs to be given another game, at least to prove himself at the highest level.