India’s hunt for a series whitewash in Australia
India to win
The odds were stacked up against them but the Indian team has defied them to pocket the three-match T20 series with one game to go. The side managed to chase down a huge score quite easily in the end and have now won their third consecutive T20 series outside home. It was poor bowling that cost Australians the game and they will need to come up with a better show in the last and the final game.
Indians have now won the last two T20 series they have played in Australia and this would be a huge confidence booster for the side after the kind of pounding they have received in the ODIs. For the Australians injuries to key players has come has a huge blow. They will look to come up with a better show in this game and this shall make this contest interesting.
Matthew Wade who led the side in absence of injured Aaron Finch would be upset with the performance of his bowlers. 194 was a good total on this surface and his bowlers failed to exert pressure on the Indians at the start of the game. With the series already lost, Wade and his men would be looking for a consolation win which will put them in the right frame of mind ahead of the Test series.
Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short form a good opening pair but they have big shoes to fill in the absence of Warner and Finch. Steven Smith would need to improve his scoring rate and forms a strong middle order with Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques. The presence of Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams down the order makes this batting line-up formidable and they will look to do well in this game.
Sams and Sean Abbott leaked runs with the new ball in the last game and they will have to come up with a better show in this game. Andrew Tye was also expensive and he needs to fire in this game. Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson have enjoyed a good summer against India and the side would be expecting a good show from them in this face saving game.
Matthew Wade (c & wk), D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye
Aaron Finch, Mitchell Swepson, Daniel Sams, AJ Tye, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, D'Arcy Short, Adam Zampa, Sean Abbott
Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better show from his players after the loss in the ODI series. There were many doubts raised about them but the side has put all those to rest winning the T20 series in two straight games. They still have the problem with the form of their bowlers and this is something the side would look to sort out in the next game.
KL Rahul is having a great summer and he will look to provide a perfect start with last game’s top scoring Shikhar Dhawan who hit form in the last game. The middle order is formidable with Kohli in good form and Sanju Sampson carrying great confidence after the IPL. Hardik Pandya’s brilliant form has turned the equation in India’s favour and he will look to add quick runs with Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar.
Deepak Chahar is struggling and he will need to bowl tighter lines with the new ball alongside Sundar. T Natrajan has been a find for India in this tour and he will look for another economical spell here. In Yuzvendra Chahal the side has a match winner and he would be looking to do well along with Shradul Thakur in the middle overs.
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Shikhar Dhawan, SN Thakur
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||6.84 k/h||From: S||15%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||6.58 k/h||From: SSE||14%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||6.61 k/h||From: SSE||7%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||4.78 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||3.09 k/h||From: SSE||29%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||1.33 k/h||From: SSW||94%|
|18h||14||0.11 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: W||83%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||2.63 k/h||From: WNW||11%|
The skies over Sydney would be partly cloudy on December 08 but this isn’t likely to have much of impact on the game. The pitch looked flat in the last game and we expect to see a similar track here as well. Spinners would do well and the side that bats first here would be happy with a score of 180 runs.
Sydney Cricket Ground offers good support to the batsmen and the bowlers. The pitch is good to bat on early in the innings but due to the large dimensions of the boundaries scoring batsmen have to run lots of tows and threes. Fast bowlers have enjoyed bowling here with the new ball while the spinners do enjoy bowling in the latter overs.
Win the toss and bowl first has been the mantra at Sydney for most teams and no team has won the game batting first in the last 9 games. It is a very difficult venue to set a score as there are good scoring opportunities in this large ground. The side winning the toss here would definitely opt to bowl first.
Australia has a tall mountain to climb in this game. Injury to some of their key players has hurt the balance in the side. Their bowlers aren’t bowling to the plan and allowed Indians to walk away with a win in the last game failing to defend a huge total. This would have hurt their confidence. Indians on the other hand have momentum on their side and their batsmen are in good form. This would give them slight edge going into this last game.
India to win