Tue, Oct 10, 1:23pm by Staff Writer
Australia faces a must-win game in the second T20 game of this three match series when they face India in Guwahati on Wednesday morning.
After a rain affected game one, where an Australian batting collapse saw the team 7/69, before finishing 8/118 and clawing back some respectability.
Under the Duckworth-Lewis system, and following a length rain delay, India chased down a total of 48 runs, will eight balls remaining.
In game one, it was spinner Kuldeep Yadav and seamer Jasprit Bumrah who took two wickets each, with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan doing the damage with the bat to seal victory.
This match will be played at the new Basapara Cricket Stadium, with this T20 fixture the inaugural event on the ground.
The pitch is expected to be an improvement upon the low and slow, rough and tumble pitch seen in Ranchi in game one.
This will improve Australia’s batting output enormously, as they look to atone for their embarrassing effort in game one.
The Indian side have developed chemistry and momentum after their ODI series win against Australia, only replacing Ajinkya Rahane for Shikhar Dhawan in their T20 side.
India now has a seven match winning streak over Australia and are undefeated against them in India.
Despite the Indian batsman not getting a workout in game one, Virat Kohli is a star of the international T20 scene.
He has the best T20 average in the world at the moment, of 54.5 runs, with a strike rate of 136.45.
For Australia, much of their batting prowess hinges on stand-in captain David Warner and Melbourne Renegades gun Aaron Finch.
It is essential that these two batsmen fire at the top of the Australian order for them to stand any chance of upsetting India.
With Australia having one eye on the upcoming Ashes series in Australia and after a number of internationals against Bangladesh and India recently, Australia will be wanting this match to be as painless as possible.
India are a side with tremendous momentum and a dominant recent record against Australia, winning their T20 series in early 2016 3-0, in Australia.
Australia’s only saving grace may be batting second in another rain-affected match, with India expected to dominate this clash.
India is $1.52 to win at Sportsbet, with Australia outsiders at $2.53.
India represents tremendous value, particularly with their dominance in this form of the game.
Suggested Bet: India to win at $1.52 (Sportsbet)
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