Team India will take on Australia in the second T20I fixture to be played at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur on September 23 (Friday). The Men in Blue had a disappointing start to the series as they received a beating at the hands of Australian batters and conceded 200+ runs in the second innings.
Opening the innings for its team, all-rounder Cameron Green was simply excellent with the bat as he scored a well-compiled fifty. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, the wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade ensured that his side chase down the total very easily in the end.
For team India, batters KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya stroke excellent half-centuries. With the ball, all-rounder Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three crucial wickets and bowled at an economy of 4.2. Express pacer Umesh Yadav also scalped two crucial wickets.
Pitch and conditions
Talking about the pitch and conditions at the VCA stadium, the wicket at the stadium is expected to provide assistance to the slow bowlers. A score of above 160 runs can be expected as par. The skipper winning the toss might want to have a bowl first and chase the total later on.
Venue details: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
Last match at the venue: IND: 174/5 in 20 overs | BAN: 144/10 in 19.2 overs.
Here’s the probable playing XI for India vs Australia clash:
Express pacer Jasprit Bumrah is expected to make his return to the Indian squad after missing the first encounter. The right-arm pacer is expected to replace Umesh Yadav.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Team Australia is expected to field the same playing XI after winning the first match.
Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa