An embarrassing 1-4 loss to India in the just concluded ODI series seems to have hurt Australia. They could hardly turn things around even in the shortest format of the game. Australia lost the opening tie of the ongoing T20I series by 9 wickets in a rain-curtailed tie at Ranchi. They may consider themselves unlucky, but there was little left in the match after they were restricted to 118. Nevertheless, the teams have moved to the second of the three-match series, slated to be held on Tuesday at the newly built Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati. With a batting track being promised, a high-scoring game can be on the cards. Therefore, let us have a look at the key battles we could witness in this tie. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2017, 2nd T20I at Guwahati
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Glenn Maxwell: Chahal has dismissed Maxwell four times in four innings in the ongoing so far. While Maxwell has earned reputation for his power-hitting, even on Indian soil, he has certainly not mastered the leg-breaks of Chahal. David Warner may want to experiment by sending Maxwell at the top to allow him to get set before Chahal comes on to bowl. IND vs AUS, 2nd T20I: Batting track expected at newly-built stadium
Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs David Warner: Bhuvneshwar has migrated from being a swing-only bowler to an intelligent seamer in limited-overs cricket, both in the early overs and at the death. Warner, on the other hand, had put a decent show in the ODIs, though he has not exactly taken the world by storm. Warner may want to hit Bhuvneshwar out of the game with his characteristic early onslaught. It will be a test of wits for the young seamer against one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket. Warner: AUS need to back themselves 100 per cent against IND
Kuldeep Yadav vs Aaron Finch: Chinaman bowlers are a novelty, and Kuldeep has made excellent use of the novelty factor to impress all and sundry. Be it any format of the game, Kuldeep keeps getting stronger with each passing game. He already has a hat-trick on this tour. The previous tie saw him claiming a couple of wickets including that of Finch. If Warner indeed experiments with Maxwell at the top, the much-feared Finch will have to come down the order and have a go at the spinners. Kuldeep: No question of replacing Ashwin, Jadeja
Virat Kohli vs Nathan Coulter-Nile: Kohli simply refuses to fail in limited-overs cricket, especially on Indian soil. However, it cannot be denied that Coulter-Nile has been the only one to force Kohli to think before launching those onslaughts. He comes hard at batsmen irrespective of their reputations; he failed to get Kohli at Ranchi but got rid of Rohit Sharma; and he will be Australia’s spearhead yet again on this tour. Can Coulter-Nile still get rid of the skipper for cheap? Let’s wait and watch.
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