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Australia and India will face-off in the final Twenty20 International (T20I) of the three-match series at Sydney on Sunday. India cavorted home to another triumph in the second encounter as Australia lost the battle by 27 runs and with this also lost the series. They will now eye for a whitewash as the damage they have inflicted on the hosts is enormous and certainly demands a lot for a comeback. India can’t afford to relax as Australia will definitely look to spoil the Indian winning spree. One can expect few changes in the batting order and probably in the playing XI too. A right balance is needed to excel and conquer the third game. Suraj Choudhari throws light on the Indian squad and pens down India’s likely XI for the eventual fight of the tour.  FULL SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 3rd T20I at Sydney 

India have stunned the world with their valiant performance in the first two matches as they won it quite convincingly in the end after having an awful time in the One-Day International (ODI) series. Such comebacks demand a big heart and ability to soak in the pressure. The star-studded Indian side at present has a well-oiled side with some experienced as well as young legs in the side. All the players are hungry for success and desperate to prove their worth in the side. Such aura in the dug-out creates positive ambiance and compel players to do well.

Top-order: India’s top-order has been a sensation to watch in the entire tour, especially in the T20I series. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have provided an ideal start in both the games and the momentum for a big score was gained. Virat Kohli on the other hand has been the centre of attraction as he continues to pile up runs in his basket. It’s unlikely that, India will flirt with the top-order but if there are slight chances that Yuvraj Singh might get a nod ahead of Kohli or MS Dhoni in the final clash.  India vs Australia 2015-16, 3rd T20I at Sydney: Preview

Middle-order and lower middle-order: Indian middle-order hails of some big names of the game but they are yet to be tested. As the top-order has stepped up on both the occasions the middle-order is not yet exposed. Suresh Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni are three formidable names in such format, they all are game changers. There has been a lot of fuss regarding Yuvraj’s batting order and there is a slight chance he might get promoted in the third encounter.

Indian middle-order hails of some young and effective legs like Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya who possesses immense potential to excel in this format. Jadeja has been among the wickets and has bowled well in crunch situations. If wickets tumble, Pandya and Jadeja are well capable to bail their them out of crisis. Their presence provide solidity along with depth and variations in the line-up.  READ: Shane Watson to lead Australia in 3rd T20I vs India at Sydney

Spinners: India may opt for a change and if they do so it is likely they would rope in Harbhajan Singh and rest Ravichandran Ashwin for the final game. An off-spinner will be replaced by another further not disturbing the variations in the spin department. Jadeja has done a remarkable job with the ball as well as on the field. He has been a livewire on the field and made a difference in both the matches with his athleticism.

Pace battery: Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra have bowled well but need more match practice if India are eyeing to retain them in the World T20. The duo might one more game as they are impactful players and have made their place into the side following some consistent performances in the domestic side.

India likely XI for 1st T20I at Adelaide (in batting order): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra.

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with Criclife and CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen.)