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India v Australia 2nd T20 Preview and Predictions - India bid for 8th straight win over Australia

Rippa Staff 9 Oct 2017
  • Australia have lost seven straight T20s to India
  • The visitors need to win in Guwahati to keep the series alive

A slow and low surface at Ranchi and the loss of captain Steve Smith to injury before the start of the game meant that Australia tumbled to their seventh straight T20 loss against India. 

The onus is now on the visitors – as has often been on this tour – to win the second T20 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday, October 10, and stay alive in the three-match series.

Even without Smith in their ranks, Australia have enough fire power to challenge the hosts but are unable to adjust to the slow spin tracks. Unless they find a way to tackle the wrist spinners, it could be curtains for their hopes. Will the T20 specialists weave a way out of this royal mess?

Match Preview


We spoke before about how flawed this Indian T20 team selection is, but the presence of strong bowlers is offsetting all their flaws. 

Virat Kohli has two of the best T20 bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneswar Kumar while the spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal is an unsolved Rubik’s cube for the Australian batsmen.

What about the Indian batting? Well, it is as yet untested but the line-up is strong with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli – who have a penchant of scoring big when the opponent is Australia.

Stand-in Australia skipper David Warner is no stranger to captaincy in these conditions; he has successfully led his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, the lack of prowess at facing the spinners – especially with his fragile middle-order – is the worry for Warner.

Will that spark a change and will Warner push himself down the order? Not a bad option but Australia need more than one player to stand up and be counted. Bowlers too need to step up their game before it’s too late.

Line-ups


No reason why Kohli shouldn’t be fielding the same XI – especially since he ticked most of the boxes in the first match.

Marcus Stoinis could be pushing for a spot in place of Moises Henriques or Daniel Christian. In all probability, it could be Christian facing the chop.

Stats


India have now won 10 of their 14 T20s against Australia that include seven straight wins. The last time they lost was in 2012 in the ICC World Cup, thanks to a belligerent Shane Watson. At home, the Indians have a 4-0 lead over Australia.

This is a new stadium with Guwahati making its international debut.

Predictions and Tips


Can the Aussies stop the Indian juggernaut? If it had been any other era, we would have backed the Australians to find a way to fight back. This side looks bereft of any inspiration and it looks tough to back them for an upset. India to win at odds of $1.53 (William Hill) looks the wisest option.

Conditions should be batting-friendly although the visitors are expected to continue their spin-troubles. Back the teams to score over 12 sixes at odds of $1.83 (bet365).

Rohit’s ability to strike sixes nonchalantly makes him a favourite to score the maximums. Back Rohit to score at least one six at odds of $1.57 (Ladbrokes). Among the Aussies, back Finch to score over 0.5 sixes at odds of $1.72 (Ladbrokes).


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