Bengaluru T20I: Kohli, Dhoni in focus vs Australia with series on the line

November 16, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIndia will be battling to avoid a first limited-overs bilateral series defeat at home since the 2015-16 season when they face Australia in a must-win situation in the second T20I of the ongoing two-match series in Bengaluru on Wednesday.India were outclassed 2-1 in a three-match T20I series in New Zealand earlier this month but the Asian giants haven’t lost a limited-over series since losing an ODI and a T20I series to South Africa under MS Dhoni’s captaincy in 2015-16.India are in a do-or-die situation following their three-run defeat to Aaron Finch’s Australian team in the first T20I in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. After a poor batting show on a sluggish wicket at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium, India were beaten in a last-ball thriller. Virat Kohli’s men were able to manage only 126 runs from their quota of 20 overs.Comeback man KL Rahul slammed a fifty but it wasn’t enough as Australia gunned down the total despite a strong death-bowling performance from the India bowlers.Virat Kohli will be hoping to bounce back and clinch a series-levelling win in Bengaluru, which also serves as home to his Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli and Rohit Sharma suffered rare failures with the bat but all eyes will be on the middle order, which failed to get going in Visakhapatnam.With Rahul finding form, the Karnataka batsman is likely to retain his place but India may be tempted to give opener Shikhar Dhawan a go on Wednesday. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is likely to hold on to his spot in the middle order while all-rounder Vijay Shankar might get a nod in as his potential inclusion will boost the bowling line-up as well.advertisementNice and compact! Local lad @klrahul11 looks all set to fire in the 2nd T20I against Australia #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm (@BCCI) February 26, 2019Training #MenInBlue sweat it out at the training session ahead of the final T20I against Australia#INDvAUS (@BCCI) February 26, 2019All eyes will be on MS Dhoni as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman struggled to get his timing right towards the end of the Indian innings in the first T20I. Dhoni, who has lauded for his match-winning efforts in Australia earlier this year, managed only 29 from 37 balls facing seven dot balls in the last two overs.It will be interesting to see if Kohli decides to drop Umesh Yadav after one bad day in the office. Umesh had conceded 14 runs in the final over after Jasprit Bumrah came up with a tidy 19th over, in which he picked up two wickets and conceded only two runs.We have not lost momentum: Krunal PandyaSpeaking to the press on the eve of the second T20I, all-rounder Krunal Pandya insisted that India haven’t lost momentum after the defeat in Visakhapatnam.”Tomorrow is a very important game as we are 0-1 down but I would not say that we have lost momentum. We lost the other night but we are not losing consecutive games. I am sure we will do well tomorrow,” Pandya said.It will be a huge result for us: Pat CumminsOn the other Australia, who have not been travelling well ever since they lost Steve Smith and David Warner to ball-tampering bans, will be keen on sealing the series and gaining confidence in the lead-up to the World Cup.”It (leading a series) has not happened for us in a while in an overseas series. Especially in a place like India which is so foreign to Australian conditions, against one of the best sides in the world. It will be a huge result for us, yeah. But we know will have to really play well to beat them tomorrow,” Australia’s premier pacer Pat Cummins said.Meanwhile, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is expected to offer a batting-friendly wicket on Wednesday. A Karnataka State Cricket Association official on Tuesday said that 180 would be par score during the second T20I.”The surface may not be as high scoring as an IPL game but will have plenty of runs. We are using a wicket which has not been used for more than two months, it was last used in Vijay Hazare Trophy,” the official said.Teams fromIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.advertisementAustralia: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | Pakistan ready to counter India over World Cup boycott issue at ICC meetAlso Read | MS Dhoni dazzles with wife Sakshi in new TV advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat CumminsAlso See:last_img

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