A last-ball thriller in Vizag has nicely set the tone for the India vs Australia series and when both teams meet again for the second T20I at Bengaluru, another cracking contest can be expected.
India will be looking forward to showcase their batting strength while Australian batsmen will be keen to decipher the Bumrah code. And these three players will probably decide the fate of the IND vs AUS 2nd T20I.
First a drought with the bat and then an appearance in the ‘Koffee with Karan’ show made it seem like nothing is going right for KL Rahul. But the right-hand batsman scored a brilliant fifty in the first game and has shown signs of regaining form.
Now he will be playing at home ground in Bengaluru and hence a lot can be expected from him. His confidence is back and he has got some runs under his belt while playing in the India A series. So, watch out for him in the series decider.
The Aussie batsman played a tough innings in the first match to laid foundation of Australia’s win and now he will be expected to do a lot more as the Bengaluru stadium features short boundaries.
One thing is for sure, Maxwell will fancy his chances against the Indian spinners so do look out for the slog sweep or the reverse-hit when Indian spinners operate against the Aussie batsman.
India is trailing behind and the series is on the line and thus this is the perfect moment for India’s number one batsman to strike. Kohli is back after a nice little break and with the World Cup approaching, he will be looking forward to have some runs under his belt.
Kohli was troubled by Kane Richardson in the tour of Australia so the Indian captain does have few scores to settle and he also needs to protect India’s fragile middle-order.