Canberra: After the defeat in the ODI series, Team India can give a tough challenge to Australia in the three-match T20 series as it is not short of options.
The defeat of the first two matches in the ODI series opened up India’s weaknesses. However in the T20, India have a very balanced team.
Before the Corona epidemic, India had defeated New Zealand in a five-match series and its morale would be very high.
Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and ODI cricket debutant T Natarajan balance the bowling with a brilliant performance. Sundar performed brilliantly in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore when captain Virat Kohli used him in the Powerplay and the middle overs.
Hardik Pandya is not bowling regularly. In such a situation, the only specialist all-rounder in the ODI team was Ravindra Jadeja. In the T20, Karthik can also put small spells along with Sundar.
The discovery of IPL, Yorker specialist Natarajan can enter T20 cricket on Friday, who impressed with two wickets in the first ODI.
The pitch of Manuka Oval is expected to help both spinners and fast bowlers. In such a situation, it has to be seen who will start bowling with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami or Deepak Chahar.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who failed in ODIs, will also be trying to return.
In batting, KL Rahul can start the innings with Shikhar Dhawan after landing at number five in ODIs. He also started the innings against New Zealand. He is expected to retain the IPL form in which he scored the most runs this season.
Captain Kohli appeared in form in ODIs and would like to continue. Shreyas Iyer could not convert a good start into big innings but now would like to score big.
The victory in the third ODI has served as a tonic for the Indian team or else a clean sweep in the ODI series would have reduced the morale of the team.
Australia, on the other hand, are on a high after winning the ODI series. Star batsman David Warner, however, is out due to injury. Now it remains to be seen whether Marnus Labushen descends with Captain Aaron Finch or someone else.
Marcus Stoinis can also start the innings but he was also hurt in the ODIs and his playing right now is doubtful.
In bowling, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc may return after being out of the third ODI.
India’s likely playing eleven: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (Captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah.
India’s entire team: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan .
Australia’s possible playing XI: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carrey, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
Australia’s entire team: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Alex Carrey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Samms, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade , Darcy Short, Adam Zampa.