After the 2021 T20 World Cup, India has played a total of 29 T20 matches in this series. Meanwhile, Australia has played just nine. Despite their preparations, Australia can turn from their usual confidence in the T20 World Cup – but this time they will have to defend the title in their own backyard. And they have a lot to figure out compared to their better-prepared opponents.
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all eyes will be Tim David, who would like to showcase his power-hitting skills this time in the colors of Australia. The Singapore-born batsman has impressed in various T20 competitions, including the recent IPL, and will look to replicate his success on the international stage. His big hitting skills on one hand, his ability to take on spinners and fast bowlers alike make him a must-have in the T20 team. He averages 32.48 in T20s with a strike rate of 164.12. In the absence of Stoinis in this series, he is likely to find a place in the middle order. But if both Stoinis and Marsh become fit at the start of the World Cup, then Australia will not be able to give them a place. It is Smith’s position that appears a bit weak so far – but he also has a reputation for being an anchor in the XI – so it remains to be seen how Australia fits David into their XI at the World Cup.
Rishabh Pant The T20 format has failed to live up to the expectations. In T20Is since 2020, he averages just 27.63 and has hit 129.95 in 32 innings. In the Asia Cup, Pant had to bring in Dinesh Karthik’s place in the XI after Ravindra Jadeja was injured as India wanted a left-handed batsman in the middle. But he could only manage 17 and 14 in Super 4 against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. With Pant and Karthik in the squad that gives them flexibility, it looks like India can currently accommodate only one of the two in the XI. Pant will have to utilize his time in the upcoming T20 Internationals to get back in form ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Umesh Yadav, who was originally to undergo rehab for a quad injury in Bengaluru, has been called into the squad after Mohammed Shami tested positive for Covid-19. But with the return of Bumrah and Harshal, India’s Umesh is unlikely to play in the XI.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (Captain), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (WK), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Deepak Chahar, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
In Marsh’s absence, Smith will bat at number three against India. David is set to make his Australian middle-order debut. Australia are also likely to play Inglis – who has played so far at No 3 and in the middle order in T20Is – as an opener and pushes Matthew Wade down the order. Cameron Green, who has been impressive with ball and bat, has been brought back into the T20I squad – after playing a lone match in April this year – and is also likely to find a place in the XI.
Australia (Probable): 1 Aaron Finch (c), 2 Josh Inglis, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Matthew Wade (wk), 6 Tim David, 7 Cameron Green, 8 Adam Zampa, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Sean Abbott
pitch and conditions
Mohali is likely to remain partly cloudy and humid tomorrow, with a chance of 25% rain in the evening. The chasing team in T20s since 2018 has won seven out of 11 matches on the field. On the eve of the match, Finch said that there was “little grass” on the wicket.
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Shruti Rabindranath is the sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo