India will face off against Australia in their second warm-up match of the T20 World Cup. Both teams won their first game and are full of confidence. Neither will want to lose this match and build momentum heading into the main fixtures of the competition. They will want to play some good live cricket in this fixture.
Having won their first warm up game against England in a convincing manner, India will want to experiment against Australia. Rohit Sharma might get some match time as the likes of Shardul Thakur and Varun Chakravarthy are expected to be included in the playing 11. However, it will be interesting to see where and how Virat Kohli plays in form Ishan Kishan. For Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, this match could mean make or break. The players will want to have a good cricket match for sure.
Against England, half centuries by Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul powered a 189-run chase with one over to spare. Rishabh Pant looked in fine touch during his 14-ball 29. Other major gains were Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s intent to deliver with precision. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, however, had a bad day.
India Squad: KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja
The Australian team is set to test their combinations for the T20 World Cup against a rampant India. A hurt and rusty David Warner will have a point to prove when he opens alongside skipper Aaron Finch. The likes of Steve Smith, Mitchell and Matthew Wade are expected to play key cogs in the batting line-up.
Bowling wise, Australia’s arsenal has premier pace in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. Kane Richardson can swing the ball as the team is expected to choose one between Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar. Glenn Maxwell’s recent form is the biggest boost for Australia.
Australia Squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Inglis, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins
India and Australia have faced each other 24 times in T20Is. India have won 13 matches while Australia have won on 9 occasions.
India and Australia, even in warm up game, is a rivalry to watch. The players are fired up and ready to deliver.
India have won the first warm up and will look to continue the roll. Virat
Kohli and company are favourites.
Date and Time:
October 20, 2021 (Wednesday), 3:30 PM IST
ICC academy ground, Dubai