After having won the first match of the two-match T20I series convincingly, Australia are all set to face India in India’s home soil.
For the second time in this year, India started a T20I series with a nail-biting loss. Earlier, India lost by 80 runs against New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match T20I series. Though India bounced back in the second T20I, New Zealand won the series comfortably.
However, India will try to bounce back in the second T20I against Australia at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. For the second T20I match, both the teams might make some changes in their playing XI.
Let’s have a look:
2. Siddharth Kaul in place of Umesh Yadav
India had an overall dismal performance in the first T20I – be it batting or bowling. Apart from opener KL Rahul (50), captain Virat Kohli (24) and MS Dhoni (29*), no other batsmen were able to reach the double-digit and India managed to put up a mere total of 126 on board which is too less in this era of Twenty20s.
However, Indian bowlers tried their hearts out to restrict their opponents Australia. When 15 runs were needed in the last two overs, everyone knew that the match surely would go in Australia’s way as they were 111/5 and it’s not a hard task to score those runs in the last two overs.
But Jaspreet Bumrah changed the way of the game in the 19th over. He scalped Handscomb and Coulter-Nile in the last two balls and gave only two runs; which certainly meant that the visitors were needed 14 runs in the last over.
Umesh Yadav came in the last over but failed to control the run-flow. He made his return in the shortest format of the game after a long time. On the other hand, Siddarth Kaul has been in a good form for the last couple of years – be it IPL, India A or any other domestic matches.
He can support Bumrah pretty well with his accurate bowling which includes yorker. He has proved himself many times and he can certainly replace Umesh Yadav in the second T20I match against Australia.
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1. Nathan Lyon might replace Jhye Richardson
Australia started their two-match T20I series with a nail-biting win against India. Their bowlers did a mindblowing job by restricting their counterpart India within a below par. India could manage to score only 126 after their allotted overs.
After having won the toss, Australia elected to field first. Their in-form bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile laid the foundation for their win by taking a three-wicket haul. Jason Behrendorff handed over the first breakthrough to his team by taking Rohit Sharma for mere 5. However, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli made a 55-run partnership but Adam Zampa was successful to break that.
Their economical spells didn’t allow Indian batsmen to settle down. Along with Coulter-Nile’s 3 for 26, Pat Cummins’ 1 for 19, Jason Behrendorff’s 1 for 16 and Adam Zampa’s 1 for 22 were equally praiseworthy.
Jhye Richardson was the only bowler who was not economical at all. He gave the highest runs (31/0) among all the bowlers without taking any wickets. For the second T20I, team management might replace him with Nathan Lyon.
As Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the series due to injury and there is no news whether his replacement Andrew Tye will be available, Lyon is the only one who can replace Jhye Richardson. Though he is considered to be a Test match player, he has played nearly 100 International matches and has more than 350 scalps in his name. Although he has played only two Twenty20 matches so far, his ample experience can trouble the host.