In­dia aim to clinch T20I se­ries against Aussies

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HY­DER­ABAD: Af­ter re­ceiv­ing an eight-wicket thrash­ing in the sec­ond Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional (T20I), In­dia will aim for a bet­ter show when they take on Aus­tralia in their third and fi­nal cricket match at the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Left-arm speed­ster Ja­son Behren­dorff had wiped away In­dia’s top-four in Guwa­hati as the hosts were bun­dled out for 118 in the sec­ond match of the T20I se­ries. Leg-spin­ner Adam Zampa, too, had foxed the In­di­ans with his guile and va­ri­ety. In­dia will hope that the bat­ting fail­ure was a one-off in­ci­dent and their bats­men will come out all guns blaz­ing in the de­ci­sive tie.

Aus­tralia had lost the One­day In­ter­na­tional (ODI) se­ries 1-4 and Thurs­day’s match presents a great op­por­tu­nity for them to take a tro­phy back home. They will be full of con­fi­dence af­ter the win in the sec­ond T20I. In­dia skip­per Vi­rat Kohli will seek to con­tinue his win­ning run in terms of se­ries wins. The hosts will heav­ily rely on their hard-hit­ting bats­men Shikhar Dhawan, Ro­hit Sharma, Vi­rat Kohli, Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. Man­ish Pandey and Kedar Jad­hav will add depth to the In­dian bat­ting line-up.

On the bowl­ing front, skip­per Vi­rat Kohli might also fancy play­ing vet­eran pacer Ashish Nehra, who will re­tire from in­ter­na­tional cricket on Novem­ber 1 in a T20I against New Zealand in Delhi.

The In­dian bowl­ing will be spear­headed by pac­ers Jasprit Bum­rah and Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar. Wrist-spin­ners Yuzven­dra Cha­hal and Kuldeep Ya­dav will look to pro­vid­ing the brakes on the Aus­tralian bat­ting in the mid­dle overs.

On the other hand, the vis­i­tors will hope for a bet­ter show from their mid­dle or­der, in­clud­ing the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, who have failed to click as a unit so far. All-rounders Moises Hen­riques and Dan Chris­tian will be asked to de­liver — both with the ball and bat. Hen­riques and Chris­tian have played a lot of In­dian Premier League (IPL) matches at this venue. Vis­it­ing skip­per David Warner cap­tains the Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad — the city-based IPL fran­chise — and knows the venue in­side out. This will be cru­cial in terms of be­ing pre­pared for the cru­cial tie.

Warner will pin his hopes on pac­ers Pa­trick Cum­mins, Behren­dorff, Kane Richard­son and Nathan Coul­ter-nile to keep the In­dian bats­men un­der con­trol.

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