2nd T20 Cricket Preview – India v Australia
Wednesday October 11, 12:30am AEDT – Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
|Top Batsman India||Hardik Pandya ($9.00)|
|Top Batsman Australia||Marcus Stoinis ($8.00)|
|Top Bowler India||Jasprit Bumrah ($3.70)|
|Top Bowler Australia||Andrew Tye ($4.40)|
A comprehensive loss in the 1st T20 international has meant that Australia’s torrid tour of India continues. The visitors must raise their game and win this second international to stay in the T20 series but stopping this rampant Indian cricket team is not going to be easy.
India seemed to just continue from where they left the ODI series. The exact same team with only Shikhar Dhawan swapping in for Ajinkya Rahane took the field and never looked in trouble. Winning the toss was a big advantage but it looked like Australia wanted to bat first anyway so maybe it would have made no difference.
With this win, India has now extended its streak of T20 dominance over Australia to 7 wins. India has also never lost a T20 international to Australia in India.
The base of this win was laid by the Indian bowling which has been excellent all throughout in this series. Kuldeep Yadav made excellent use of the conditions and took 2 wickets for 16 runs in 4 overs. The other stand out for India was Jasprit Bumrah with 2 wickets for 17 runs from 3 overs.
The Wolf is extremely impressed by Bumrah’s ability to bowl the yorkers and reckons he could be the best death bowler in the world at the moment.
While the Indian batting did not get much of a workout in this match, it was Virat Kohli who was not out at the end improving his awesome T20 average further still. He is the most prolific T20 batsman in the world, has the most T20 runs against Australia of any batsman and is in excellent touch.
He would be an easy choice for the Top T20 batsman. The Wolf also like Hardik Pandya as a dark horse, considering he has been promoted up the order in the ODI’s and could get a similar opportunity in the T20 matches.
David Warner has an awesome record in the IPL where he captains his side. It looked for a flash of a moment that the same could be true for him and Australia in this match before he was out a little unluckily.
He is the one batsman that must score runs for Australia if they are to have a shot at winning. Aaron Finch currently has the most runs against India from the Australian side and he continued his good form from the ODI’s to score an aggressive 42 once again.
Picking between these two batsmen to be the most successful for Australia would be the safe choice. The Wolf also feels that it is time to give Maxwell a rest and bring in someone like Stoinis at the top of the order or maybe move Henriques in at 3.
Take a punt on Stoinis as the top batsman if he makes the playing eleven.
The left armer Behrendorff started off very well in the only over he got to bowl, while Coulter-Nile continued to pick early wickets. For this match though the Wolf likes Andrew Tye, Australia’s death over specialist to be the top bowler.
He took a hat-trick in the IPL and has a wonderful slower ball to mix things up at the death.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Guwahati is expected to be a bit better for batting but would still be considered low and slow. Australia may have a tough time negotiating these conditions as they did in Ranchi. The weather will once again be an issue as rain is predicted on match day.
India to win.