2nd T20I: India chase series-levelling win against Australia
Virat Kohli's team is down 0-1 with no option but to win. © AFP

Not for the first time in recent times does Virat Kohli‘s Indian cricket team face the prospect of needing to win a T20I match against Australia to avoid a series defeat.

In November, India began their tour of Australia with a loss a four-run loss in Brisbane and then, after a wash-out at the MCG, found themselves in a must-win situation in Sydney. They duly won that match to tie the series 1-1, which put in motion a landmark tour. (READ: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah on cusp of history)

This is a two-match series, however, and defeat off the last ball in Visakhapatnam has left India no option but to win the second T20I in Bangalore on Wednesday. If they lose to Australia, it will be India’s second successive T20I series loss following defeat in New Zealand 1-2 recently.

Australia last won a T20I series – not including one-offs such as against UAE in October – a year ago when they lifted the Trans-Trasman Twenty20 Tri-Series. The Visakhapatnam win came off the last ball, and Aaron Finch‘s team, though buoyant, will be ready for a stronger Indian performance.

Match details:

What: India vs Australia, 2nd T20I

Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

When: Wednesday, February 28

Time: 19:00 IST

Team news

India

India missed a batsman in the first ODI, with Umesh Yadav batting at No 8 raising eyebrows. The approach in New Zealand, where they packed the batting, could be reverted to in Bangalore with Umesh, who conceded 14 runs on Sunday, making way for Vijay Shankar. The other scenario is that Siddarth Kaul takes Umesh’s place and India drop Dinesh Karthik for Vijay Shankar.

Will Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja return to India's XI?
Will Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja return to India’s XI?

Mayank Markande, on debut, conceded 31 runs in four wicketless overs. He could make way for Ravindra Jadeja.

Likely XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rishabh Pant, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Siddarth Kaul, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia

Given how well the bowlers did, no changes to personnel are expected. Alex Carey could come back in for Ashton Turner, who made 0 on Sunday, and slot back in as opener. That could push Marcus Stoinis back into the middle order.

Likely XI: 1 D’Arcy Short, 2 Alex Carey, 3 Aaron Finch (capt), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Peter Handscomb (wk), 7 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Jhye Richardson, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Adam Zampa

Pitch and conditions

Despite having a reputation in the IPL of being a high-scoring venue, what with its small square boundaries, in T20Is the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has produced just one total in excess of 200 – and that is 202/6 scored by India against England. Overall in T20Is, 150 has been crossed in just one other game. In the other games there, teams have made 146/7, 145/9, 134/5, 133/9, 122/9 and 127/3.

The weather forecast is for a clear evening.

Stats

Rohit Sharma will play his 300th T20 match, making him the third Indian to do so.

Rohit needs two sixes to become the leading six-hitter in T20I cricket.

Jasprit Bumrah is two wickets from becoming India’s most successful bowler in T20Is.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is three wickets from levelling James Faulkner as Australia’s fourth-highest wicket-taker.

Quotes

“I just need to make sure I’m fit enough and strong enough that if we keep first in a 50-over game I can still go out there and bat at four or five and make sure I’m still running hard between the wickets and doing everything right by the team.” – Handscomb on keeping wickets

“The last two balls were there, so obviously it is very important to close off the over. I was just talking to the captain: what should I do, what do you [Kohli] think, what do I think. We were just discussing. Peter Handscomb was on strike. I knew he was going to take a chance off this ball, because obviously then it will be easier for them in the last over.” – Bumrah on the 19th over in Visakhapatnam