The 5-match T20 international series has taken an interesting turn as India has won two of the starting fixtures and the world champions are struggling to dominate the men in blue. The third fixture is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati.
India has come out on top in the second T20 where it was an overall performance by the team. The hosts will be eyeing a third consecutive win and a series win on Tuesday. The top bookmakers in India have great odds with them for this series.
The World Champions Australia have fallen behind in both fixtures and two different situations. They were unable to complete the chase in the previous fixture and failed to build a winning momentum.
Ishan Kishan already has two half-centuries on his name and has displayed an average of 55 in the last 2 fixtures.
The betting tip is...
Ishan Kishan to score 50
It was a comprehensive win for team India in the 2nd fixture as well. Batting first, Yashasvi Jaiswal (53 off 25) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (58 off 43) gave a solid start to the team and maintained a higher strike rate.
The momentum was continued by Ishan Kishan who scored 52 off 32 at a strike rate of 162.50. It was his second half-century in the series and that makes him the most valuable player for team India. However, the highlight of the match was Rinku Singh’s inning where he scored 31 off 9 balls at a strike rate of 344.44.
On the bowling front, Prasidh Krishna and Ravi Bishnoi came out on top by picking up 3-wickets each while maintaining an economy of 10.25 and 8 respectively. Arshdeep Singh, Axar Patel, and Mukesh Kumar picked up a single wicket each.
Skipper Suryakumar Yadav won’t be making any changes to the winning combination.
Predicted Lineup: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Prasidh Krishna
The decision to bowl first by skipper Matthew Wade worked against the team. Aussie bowlers were unable to make an impact and failed to scalp timely breakthroughs.
Nathan Ellis picked 3 wickets but displayed an economy of 11.25. Sean Abbott and Glenn Maxwell were the most expensive bowlers and they also failed to pick wickets.
On the batting front, it was a disappointing start from Steve Smith (19 off 16), Matt Short (19 off 10), and Josh Inglis (2 off 4).
The top order’s failure put immense pressure on the middle order to score runs. After Glenn Maxwell’s (12 off 8) departure, Marcus Stoinis (45 off 25) and Tim David (37 off 22) tried to make things better but it was too late.
Australian top order has shown major signs of struggle and to save the series, the top order will have to score runs.
Predicted Lineup: Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Steven Smith, Matthew Short, Josh Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Timothy David, Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha
Team India has a winning momentum with them and they are on the right track. Australia’s weaker link is their bowling which is constantly failing to pick wickets at the right time.
The pace attack needs to step up their game to make sure India’s top order fails to get a solid start. However, India looks in incredible form and we predict a win for the hosts.