The Kangaroos shocked the hosts in a final over thriller at Vizag on Sunday. The Australian skipper was smart in his field Placements to dismiss the Indian middle order. His field placements were turned out to be the turning point of the match.
However, India managed to reach a respectable total of 120 runs with the help of great MS Dhoni who displayed a great example of calmness while batting with the lower order.
Indians made an unbelievable comeback to reach a total of 120 after an early departure of its middle order. Jasprit Bumrah’s second last over with 2 runs for 2 wickets almost seized the game for the Indian side but lack of discipline shown by Umesh Yadav in the last over left everyone stunned and cost India the match.
Now over the next venue i.e. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, new track and new challenges are waiting for both of the teams. M. Chinnaswamy’s wicket is known for its batting friendly track and high scoring runs but it can also help the fast bowlers with some swing and bounce. Indian squad expected to make a few changes for the 2nd T20I but the good news is that Indian opener KL Rahul got his lost form after scoring a fifty in the first game. Australian side will be full of spirit as they clinched a heart stopper at Vizag. We have seen a brilliant display of bowling by Pat Cummins and his fellow teammate Nathan Coulter-Nile which will make Australians go with an unchanged side for the next thriller.
Conditions of the venue favor the batsmen and we can expect a marvelous batting battle between both the rivals. Both the teams are batting powerhouses with many pinch hitters in the squad. For Australia, Finch will start the proceedings with his partner and the BBL’s top scorer D’ Arcy Short followed by Marcus Stoinis. Maxwell is also in great touch and we can expect some last over maximums from him as well. India, at the other end, got “HITMAN” and his partner, KL Rahul, to start the innings. These two will be followed by “KING” Kohli, “Mini Dynamite” Rishab Pant and The Finisher MS Dhoni. India will probably bring Vijay Shankar back into the side in place of Umesh Yadav. Vijay who was in great touch against the New Zealand in the last series can be handy with the bat which will make India a bit stronger than the opposition on the venue which favors the batsmen.
We can assume that Australians will go with an unchanged side and they will try their level best to stop India’s Furious batting line up to score big. Aaron Finch’s field placements as a captain and his batting as an opener in the power play will impersonate a huge role in this series decider.
Visitors will enter the ground with a mindset of whitewashing the series and the Indian team will play to equalize it. It will be a great game to watch and we can name it as “The battle of Bulls”.
It will be interesting to see how both the teams react to each other’s batting display. All we can expect is a high scoring match at Bangalore once again.