Australia Vs India second T20 2018 highlights:
- India and Australia will take on each other in the second T20 on November 23
- The match will begin at 1:20 pm IST with the toss at 1:00 pm
- Australia lead the three-match series 1-0
There is no time to breathe with India and Australia set to clash it out once again come 23 November, Friday at the MCG for Australia Vs India second T20 2018, of the three-match series. After a last over thriller that left us right on the edge of our seats, the two sides will be back at it come tomorrow with India looking to bounce back and level the series. For Australia, the match will come as an opportunity to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series ahead of the test and ODI series.
Despite coming so close to a win at the Gabba, there are many areas that India will need to address before the second T20 international with the bowling and fielding department by far the most crucial. Two dropped catches, one of Finch and one of Stoinis by Kohli and Ahmed respectively proved costly in what was an uncanny performance by the Indians on the field.
More importantly for the visitors are the bashing Khaleel and Krunal Pandya was at the end of. Conceding a combined 97 runs in 7 overs, the duo was taken to the cleaners by Australian’s batters in an uninspired spell of bowling. While Khaleel failed to improvise, Pandya’s spell was the worse of the two. On Australian wickets where the spinners will find it a task to grip the ball and turn it, either way, Pandya kept bowling a nonchalant line, throwing up freebies for the Australians to get after.
Pandya’s role in the team in under question not just for his bowling. With the bat, he cost India the match, wasting three balls off the crucial final over to get just two runs on the board. Despite being just one match into the tour it is clear the Pandya has no real talent as a cricketer and playing him in the all-rounder’s role is going to be a waste for the Indians, an area they need to find an able replacement for at the earliest.
A positive to take away though was the performance of India’s middle-order. Pant and Karthik’s whirlwind innings that almost took India over the finishing line were a pleasant sight to witness, giving the much-needed solidity to the Indian batting order.
Kohli: A lot of Indians came in to support us, great atmosphere as usual in Brisbane. The game was exciting, it was a see-saw battle. We started well but then Maxwell changed the game, then we started well before Australia fought back. Then, Karthik and Pant got going and looked like we would win. Kohli: A lot of Indians came in to support us, great atmosphere as usual in Brisbane. The game was exciting, it was a see-saw battle. We started well but then Maxwell changed the game, then we started well before Australia fought back. Then, Karthik and Pant got going and looked like we would win.
For the Australians, the form of their pacers will be a worrisome issue. The ease with which Tye and Behrendorff were ripped into on home conditions doesn’t bode well for them. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are seldom kept quiet and once they get going, India could make merry at the expense of Australia’s fast bowlers.
Despite the win, the hosts were once again caught in a controversy with their inherit cheating coming to the fore once again after wicket-keeper Alex Carey was caught appealing after removing the bails with his gloves. Already reeling under a ball-tampering saga, such incidents need to be done away for a side who boats of one of the worst reputations in the game.
With everything to play for, the second T20 promises to be an enthralling one. Follow us at tentaran.com and our Twitter and Facebook feed for a ball by ball updates of the match starting 1:00 pm. The match will be telecasted live on Sony Ten 3, Sony Six/HD.
India 12-man squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
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