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India look to tighten a few screws in the warm-up match against Australia
Our prediction is for India to win the match
Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Mohammad Shami has replaced Bumrah in the T20 World Cup squad for India. The veteran pacer had missed a couple of home series as he was recovering from covid. This warm-up game will be crucial for India to assess Shami’s readiness for the big game against Pakistan on October 23.
Australia were already down 0-2 in the recent home series against England before finding themselves in big trouble in the last T20I. India is just the kind of team the hosts need to play a warm-up against to find some confidence before their opening game of the season.
Rishabh Pant looked out of touch in the Asia Cup and also in the last warm-up match against Western Australia. He has fond memories at this ground and will be eager to play an impactful inning for his side once again.
A great pitch and a strong opposition present a perfect opportunity for both sides to assess their players and team combinations before the Super 12 round kicks off.
Australia have suffered some major losses of late. The defending champions lost an away series against India followed by a home series against England.
This was expected of the Aussies to some extent as they had not faced strong opposition since their 2021 T20 World Cup win. Maxwell, whose form is a growing concern in the Australian camp opened the innings along with Finch in the last T20I against England.
The hosts needed to get a great start as they were chasing 113 runs in 13 overs and Maxwell could give them just that. However, Australia lost Finch, Marsh, and Maxwell in 3 overs and were 17-3.
This warm-up match will see Maxwell once again getting an opportunity in the middle order to play his strokes freely and find a rhythm. Mitchell Marsh and Stoinis are currently in good touch. While the two all-rounders are crucial in the middle order, Tim David and Matthew Wade will continue being the finishers for the hosts.
Their skills will also be tested as Australia lock horns with the world’s best T20I team. Pat Cummins and Hazlewood will lead the pace attack while batting all-rounders Stoinis and Maxwell will also be key with the ball.
Though Marsh hasn’t bowled lately, he is one impact bowler who Finch can rely on in times of need. There is great variety in the bowling attack and depth in the Aussie batting order.
Aaron Finch (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Rohit Sharma did not bat in India’s last warm-up game against Western Australia. He can be expected to put on the pads and walk on the field to open the innings along with KL Rahul at The Gabba.
While KL Rahul scored 74 off 55 balls, an innings which saw him change gears towards the end, it is just the kind of batting style which would hurt India in the big games.
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, doesn’t value his wicket as much as KL or Kohli would. The hitman goes after the bowlers from the get-go and plays his aggressive brand of cricket which has a positive impact on the innings.
Kohli recently found his form and has been impressive with the respect to the strike rates. This is one big positive for India apart from the rise of Suryakumar Yadav who’s become India’s new run-scoring machine.
The right-handed middle-order batsman is now the world’s second-best T20I batsman and the only Indian player to feature in the top 10 rankings. Mohammad Shami, who played his last T20I against Namibia in November 2021, has replaced Bumrah in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup.
Mohammad Siraj will also be travelling to Australia as a backup player. Shami hasn’t played a lot of T20 internationals. This warm-up match will allow the team management to assess how well their selection of Shami over Siraj and Chahar turns out to be.
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami
The pitch offers good bounce and carry for the fast bowlers. The consistency in the bounce also helps the batsmen to play their strokes confidently. Showers are expected on match day in Brisbane with a high of 23 degrees Celsius.
The Gabba in Brisbane will host this warm-up match between two of the toughest teams in this tournament. The average 1st innings score at this ground is 165 runs. Teams have scored over 170 runs a total of 23 times out of 50 BBL matches played here.
While only 2 of the 4 T20 internationals played had a result in favour of the team batting second, the picture looks different at the domestic level. Teams batting second have won 26 of the 50 T20 matches at The Gabba. Both India and Australia have some star match-finishers in their lineups and will be keen on batting second if they win the toss.
Both teams are strong contenders for the T20 World Cup title. While many pundits have suggested not to consider India as favourites to win the tournament, they are worthy contenders nonetheless. Considering the current form of both teams and their key players, India will start as favourites in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for India to win the match
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