India vs Australia: 2nd T20, Live: Australia will bat first at the Sydney Cricket Ground after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl. Matthew Wade is leading as Aaron Finch misses out due to injury. Three changes for India – Yuzvendra Chahal replaces Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer in for Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur gets a game ahead of Mohammed Shami. After beating Australia by 11 runs in the first game in Canberra, India registered their ninth consecutive win in T20 matches, and provided they can score their 10th today, Virat Kohli’s team would conquer the T20 leg of the tour and head into the Test series full of confidence. India start favourites for two reasons – their form in T20 cricket and the number of injury concerns that have gripped the Australian team. After Ashton Agar injured his calf, Australia captain Aaron Finch picked up a hip injury. And to make matters worse, fast bowler Mitchell Starc has pulled out of the series citing personal reasons. In the absence of such premier Australia cricketers, India would fancy their chances of a win.
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Sams gets his due
Three pretty handy ins for Australia tonight; the BBL|09 leading run-scorer Marcus Stoinis and leading wicket-taker Daniel Sams, while Andrew Tye was the world’s leading men’s T20I wicket-taker in 2018 #AUSvIND
— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) December 6, 2020
‘Someone had to step in’
“Happy to be captaining Australia. Finch, Hazlewood, Starc are out. Sams, Stoinis and Tye are in,” said stand-in captain Matthew Wade at the toss.
Australia’s Playing XI
1 D Arcy Short, 2 Marcus Stoinis, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Matthew Wade (WK/C), 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Mitchell Swepson, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Andrew Tye
What Virat Kohli had to say at the toss
“We will bowl first. Pitch looked really nice in the second half in the previous games we played. They are missing Aaron Finch today, so we want to restrict them and chase it down. Chahal replaces Jadeja. Thakur replaces Shami. Iyer in for Pandey.”
India’s Playing XI
1 KL Rahul(w), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (C), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Sanju Samson, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 T Natarajan, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli wins toss, India to bowl against Australia
Finch out, Wade to captain. Hazlewood misses out too. Sams plays his maiden game for Australia. Stoinis returns too. Three changes for India – Iyer, Thakur and Chahal in for Pandey, Shami and Jadeja.
Daniel Sams gets his maiden cap
Erin Holland has informed that Josh Hazlewood might be rested today due to a bit of a niggle in his back and Daniel Sams has earned his maiden Australia cap, which means he will be playing today. Andrew Tye also to come in for Starc. About Finch, Holland did not see him warming up which means he too is probably going to miss out.
Here are the Probable XI for both teams
India Predicted XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 KL Rahul (WK), 3 Virat Kohli (Capt), 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 T Natarajan, 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch/Matthew Wade (Capt), 2 D’Arcy Short, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Alex Carey (WK), 7 Sean Abbott, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Mitchell Swepson/Nathan Lyon, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Right then! Both of India’s T20 wins at the SCG have come while chasing. Surely, India would want to keep the pattern going. Win toss and bowl? That’s what Australia did in Canberra the other day.
Short’s left-arm woes
If we look at Short’s dismissals in T20Is, 41.18 percent of his dismissals are by Left-arm pacers (7/17). Natarajan should be smacking his lips.
Short’s strike rate a concern?
In his 38 balls inning 36.84 percent were dot balls (14/38), further once the field restriction was over Short failed to hit boundaries, all the three fours he smashed came inside the first 6 overs.
Bumrah set to return
He looked like the Bumrah of old in the final ODI in Canberra before being rested for the first T20I. Virat Kohli had hinted that Shami and Bumrah will be rotated throughout the limited-overs leg, and with Shami proving expensive the other day, ‘Boom Boom’ is a probable contender to replace him in India’s XI.
Chahal, Natarajan in focus
Having shared six wickets between them, Yuzvendra Chahal and T Natarajan emerged heroes for India wit the ball in the first T20I. Chahal finished with 3/25 and Natarajan picked 3/30. The left-arm quick is sure to hold on to his place, and with Jadeja gone, Chahal will be part of this match from the very beginning.
India at SCG
Their ODI record at the SCG may not be impressive, but India have a 100 percent win record at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India have played 2 T20Is at this venue and won both in 2016 and 2019. Riding on half-centuries from Kohli and Rohit, India chased down 200 in 2016 and three years later, it was another unbeaten half-century from Kohli that guided India home in a chase of 165.
Dhawan nearing 50 T20I sixes
Shikhar Dhawan is three sixes away from clearing the ropes 50 times in T20Is for India. ‘Gabbar’ turned 35 yesterday and India will be expecting an IPL kind of performance from him at the top of the order.
How will India fill the Jadeja void?
With two handy knocks in two successive games, Ravindra Jadeja was a huge factor behind India’s wins in their last two matches. But with the all-rounder being ruled out, the onus is on India’s top six to put up an improved show with the bat.
Ducks for Shaw and Gill in India A’s warm-up, Century for Rahane
India A are playing Australia A at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, where openers Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill were dismissed for ducks. However, a fifty from Cheteshwar Pujara and a century from Ajinkya Rahane have restores hope for the visitors
Andrew Tye likely to get a game today
With Starc being ruled out, Australia fast bowler Andrew Tye is likey to get a game today. Surely, he has to play because Australia have no other frontline fast bowler left. Pat Cummins has been rested for the two T20Is, while leaves Hazlewood and Tye the only two quicks.
Who will captain Australia?
In Finch sits this one out, it is likely that Matthew Wade will lead the side? Steve Smith is the option everyone can turn to, but his last memories as captain of Australia might stand in the way.
Sehwag and Kaif not a fan of Kohli’s habit of chopping and changing
Virat Kohli is known for the excessive changes he makes to his playing XI, but former India batsman Virender Sehwag and Ravi Shastri are not fans of this habit of the Indian captain. Sehwag in particular feels Kohli needs to learn from Dhoni how to give his players, especially the youngsters a longer rope. He even pointed out that had he not been given opportunities after the England debacle of 2014, Kohli might mot have become the world-class player that he is today. Click here to read more.
Kohli against leg-spin in T20Is
Overall, Virat Kohli has been dismissed seven times to leg-spinners in T20I matches. Five times an Australia spinner has taken his wicket – Zampa twice and James Muirhead, Cameron Boyce and Swepson one time each, while New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi has dismissed his twice.
Australia out to exploit Kohli’s leg-spin woes
Virat Kohli has been out to Australia leg-spin five times in T20 matches and has scored 75 runs off 66 deliveries. On Friday, it was Mitchell Swepson who got his wicket, which is why the leg-spinner will be likely to hold on to his place ahead of Nathan Lyon was drafted into the T20 squad.
India in the middle of a hot unbeaten streak
With their 11-run win in Canberra, India continued their winning streak in T20Is. Beating Australia Friday was their ninth T20I win in a row. Following their 3-0 sweep of New Zealand in February, India had stretched their winning streak to 8 matches, before the win in Canberra took it to 9. Another win here will not only give India the series, but also make it 10 wins in a row for the Indian cricket team.
Worries pile up for Australia
As if Aaron Finch’s injury worry wasn’t bad enough, Australia have been dealt another blow with fast bowler Mitchell Starc ruled out of the remainder of the T20 series. A member of his family is battling illness and Starc has left the bio bubble after being made aware of it. No replacement has been named.
India vs Australia 2nd T20I - LIVE
A very warm welcome to all our readers. Another India vs Australia game promises to highlight your Bumper Sunday. For our India viewers, we know that Netflix is free today, but how about sparing four-five hours to watch the cricket, because your beloved Indian team are a win away from capturing the T20I series. Yes, having lost the ODI series last Sunday, a week later, India are on the cusp of turning things around. They have staged a remarkable comeback to find their groove in the third ODI and the first T20I on Wednesday and Friday respectively. And with Australia battling injury concerns, India re hot favourites to register their third straight win of the tour and take the T20 leg. Brace up. Another T20 extravaganza is on the cards.