India look to continue their winning momentum, which has seen success in their last 10 completed T20Is abroad. Incidentally, India has another record to defend: they have never lost a T20I in Sydney, beating Australia in all three matches. There is so much danger in a match that is purely of academic interest, that India will surely put it all out. On the field, Kohli does not believe even one inch of his opponent agrees and Tuesday is unlikely to be any different.
India’s dominance in the T20, without Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, is good for the team ahead of the Test series.
In keeping with the T20 World Cup, the team management will definitely try different combinations, not burnout, and list their hits and misses.
Speaking of hits, there are so many benefits to India on this trip. The most notable of them is Hardik Pandya with his bat. There is a sense of assurance by Pandya in this series.
On Sunday, India needed 14 runs in the last over, and Pandya was in the crease and was confident the team would work. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is at his peak in the death overs. The Aussies have not lost sight of this fact. Coach Justin Langer admits that Dhoni’s got the desks at Pandya.
Men in Blue gave two fantastic performances to beat Australia on their home turf and take the T20 series. But with next year’s World Cup, today’s game is an ideal time to test the team’s bench strength by rotation.
Then there’s a new kid on the block: T Natarajan. Tamil Nadu boy has transitioned from IPL to international cricket. So far, the team has seen Jasprit Bumrah miss more. Shirdul Thakur is another proof that India’s bench strength is tight.
One area where India is looking to improve is their catch. They have allowed numerous opportunities to be implemented. Although Kohli had the last laugh on Sunday’s comedy bugs, it lost Dolly first and then saw Matthew Wade run out, but the Indian captain wants to pull his and his team’s socks off in terms of catching.
For Australia, the boot is on the other foot after hitting the visitors in the first two ODIs. The Aussies are looking to maintain some pride in the T20I series, given the power they have been charging for whitewash in ODIs.
It shows Australia’s dependence on David Warner and Steve Smith. The hosts were looking for an opener to replace him with Warner’s freak injury.