Team India will enter the field on Friday with only one intention, to keep the series alive. The defeat in the first game is still fresh and it must be hurting Kohli and Co. as it was an agonizingly close match. Hence at Melbourne India will look to ensure they seize every opportunity they are offered. And for this, the visitors will rely on these three players.
Two big knocks in the last two innings and Shikhar Dhawan has once again stamped his importance in India’s batting line-up.
He loves the Australian surfaces and hence the Aussie bowlers need to try something out of the box to challenge the Indian opener.
Keep an eye on Dhawan’s off-side stroke-play as Melbourne has some big boundaries and hence the Indian opener will look to cash on the ground shots to minimize the risk.
India’s biggest match-winner must perform if India wants to keep the series alive. However, he first needs to fix his batting position. At number four, he might not get the time to play build his innings the way he usually does. Thus he may well return to the number three spot.
The wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav has turned numerous matches in India’s favor in recent times. In the first T20I too he bowled well but lacked the support from the other end.
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But he has a bigger challenge on hands now. Numbers suggest that his performance dips as we move ahead in a series. This may be because batsmen take some time to adjust to his bowling style.
He averages 11 in the first game of a series with a strike rate of 14 while in the remaining matches his average increases to 29 while his strike rate propels to 22.
His duel with Maxwell will be a treat for the fans and it might hold the key for the match as well.