India are continuing to experiment with their middle order in the shortest format of the game as Manish Pandey who played the first T20I has been dropped due to an elbow niggle and the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League in Shreyas Iyer replaced Manish Pandey in the side and guess what, he made an impact right away by taking an absolute stunner of a catch at deep mid-wicket.
Australian white ball captain Aaron Finch is injured and Mathew Wade has been asked to act as a stand-in captain who also opened the innings along with D Arcy Short after Virat Kohli asked Australians to bat first.
Both the openers came out all guns blazing in the powerplay and hammered the Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground. Mathew Wade in particular smashed the filthy deliveries from Deepak Chahar in the very first over of the game.
The Indian captain ran out of options and turned towards T Natarajan who responded with a wicket in his very first of the game but the credit goes to Shreyas Iyer who pulled off a blinder at deep mid-wicket to dismiss D Arcy Short.
This wicket pulled back things to some extent for India as India managed to dismiss the dangerous looking Mathew Wade as well soon after. Though, India managed to pick wickets, Australia have continued to score runs at a quick rate and are marching towards the 200 run mark.
The scoreboard pressure is something that doesn’t have any substitute to it and India might be staring at a huge total to chase here in the 2nd T20I. Australians are playing without their first choice seamers in Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc but they have some decent options as their replacements and runs on the board will help the bowlers to bowl with more freedom as well.