The second match of the three T20 match series between India and Australia will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium in Nagpur today. To put it in the biggest cliche tone of cricket, it is a do or die match for Team India.
If the Indian team loses today, the series will have to be lost. If you win, then there will be an occasion for celebration. A celebration that we haven’t celebrated in five years. The last time our team achieved the feat of defeating Australia in a T20 International on Indian soil was in 2017. Since then Australia has beaten us on our own land four times in a row.
This time too, with what intentions the Australian team has come, we had seen it in the first match in Mohali. In that match, the Kangaroos made such a powerful counter attack as if they were defeating us in hockey, not in cricket. In hockey we have long become accustomed to losing against Australia, but in cricket we have become not only equal to them but also better in many ways. In Tests and ODIs, we beat Kangaroos in both Australia and India, but T20 spoils the fun. We are heavy on them in Australia, but in this format they are proving to be better than us in our own home. As if their players are telling us that by playing in the IPL, they have adopted the soil of India in this format. So much is at stake in the match. In such a situation, if our team wins today, then it is made to celebrate.
In the match starting at 7.30 pm, the Indian team can also make major changes in the playing XI. Let us give you head to head records, pitch reports, weather conditions and possible playing XI along with some facts related to the match…
Bumrah is completely fit
In a media interaction a day before the match, India’s Suryakumar Yadav said that there is nothing to worry about fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness. Bumrah is a perfect fit. After this statement, it is expected that India’s best fast bowler Bumrah can play in this match. In Bumrah’s absence, the Indian bowling has been badly exposed first in the Asia Cup and now in the first match against Australia. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has failed to handle the pressure of the 19th over in three consecutive matches. Harshal Patel’s comeback has also been a forgettable one. Matthew Wade, hitting the half-pitch, was hitting the slower ball outside the boundary as if practicing in a net session, not a match. In such a situation, the return of Jasprit Bumrah has become very important. Otherwise Australia will again try their best to take advantage of India’s weak bowling.
Let us also recall once what happened in the first match.
Australia defeated India by four wickets in the first match of the series. Team India scored the highest score of this format against Australia, scoring 208 runs for 4 wickets. In reply, Kangaroo team achieved the target in 19.2 overs by losing 6 wickets. Cameron Green top scored with 61 runs. At the same time, Hardik Pandya played a wonderful innings for Team India. He scored 71 runs in just 30 balls. During this, his bat had 7 fours and 5 sixes. Barring Axar Patel, all the Indian bowlers were flops.
Where to watch live telecast?
The live telecast of this match will be done on different channels of Star Sports Network. Along with this, live streaming of this match can be seen on Disney + Hotstar app. Also, you will get the match’s moment to moment information on the daily app.
rain can spoil the fun
India and Australia players could not practice on Thursday due to rain in Nagpur. There is a possibility of rain on today’s match as well. Groundsmen removed the cover on Thursday afternoon to see the pitch, but the cover was soon put on again due to the threat of drizzle. An international match will be played in this stadium for the first time in three years.
How will the pitch be, toss can play
The team winning the toss on this ground can choose to bat first, as the pitch is not favorable for chasing. Here bowlers as well as batsmen get help. It is a bit difficult to bat in the second innings here. The average score here in the second innings is just 128 runs. So far, a total of four T20 International matches have been played here, out of which the team has won two and lost two. Australia cricket team will land on this stadium to play T20 match for the first time.
Playing XI of both the teams
In the first T20 held in Mohali, the entire team of Australia performed brilliantly. In such a situation, his team will not make any changes. Here, two changes are being considered fixed in Team India. Jasprit Bumrah in place of Umesh Yadav and Deepak Chahar in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar can be seen in the playing-11.
India- KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Australia- Aaron Finch (c), Jos Inglis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Tim David, Cameron Green, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Ellis.
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