Indian Squad Is All Set to Return the Favor, Kohli’s Brigade Will Face the Host Team in the First T20 Match today in Canberra
The victory in the last ODI match gave a boost to the Indian cricket team’s confidence, and this victory indicates that the path to winning this series is not going to easy for the host team. Team India can give a tough challenge to hosts Australia in the three-match T20 series starting on Friday as it has a very balanced team for the T20 format. The first match of three T20 series will be played in Canberra from 1.40 pm Indian time.
IPL Discovery Yorker Specialist Natarajan May Make His Debut in T20 Cricket
T Natarajan, who performed brilliantly in IPL with debutant Washington Sundar, may make his debut in international T20 cricket in the first match with Australia. Sundar also performed superbly in the IPL, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Captain Kohli used him as a game-changer bowler in the power play and in the middle overs.
T Natarajan impressed the selectors with his brilliant two wickets in the first ODI. The pitch of Manuka Oval is expected to help both spinners and fast bowlers. In such a situation, it has to be seen who will start bowling with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, or Deepak Chahar. Yuzvendra Chahal, who failed in ODIs, may also return in T20.
Australia Is in High Spirit after winning the ODI series
The Australian team is in high spirit after winning the ODI series. However, the team may have some disappointment due to the injured star batsman David Warner. He won’t be playing due to his injury. Now it has to be seen whether Marnus Labuschagne descends with Captain Aaron Finch or someone else.
Marcus Stoinis was also injured in the ODIs. So, it is doubtful whether he will play in T20 or not. In bowling, Mitchell Starc may comeback after being left out of the third ODI, while Pat Cummins has been rested for T20.
The teams are as follows –
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T. Natarajan.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Alex Carrie, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Symes, Ken Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Darcy Short, Adam Zampa.