The third and final T20 International match of the series between India and Australia is to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Virat Kohli’s captaincy team has an unassailable 2–0 lead in this 3-match series and the visiting team confidently will be intent on clearing the host of fitness problems.
After losing the first two ODIs, India achieved a rhythm by winning the third ODI in Canberra. He then won both consecutive matches in the T20 series. India also won the second T20 by six wickets on Sunday in the absence of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The morale of the Indian team will be increased even more that by resting Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, India relied on the three fast bowlers who do not have even 40 matches total experience.
Younger paceman T Natarajan, who handled the new ball in limited overs, made a brilliant debut in international cricket and the Australian players had a lot of problems playing him.
In the last match between India and Australia, the difference was also the batting of both the teams in the middle overs. Australia lost their rhythm after the caretaker captain Matthew Wade was dismissed. Indian captain Virat Kohli, on the other hand, took some great shots after the powerplay. It was also good for India to include Shreyas Iyer in place of injured Manish Pandey.
The poor performance of Yuzvendra Chahal, a weak link for India, was a matter of concern. Chahal, who was the man of the match with three wickets in the first T20 as Ravindra Jadeja’s ‘concession’ option, proved to be quite expensive in the second match.
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Australia are missing regular captain Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Three of these five, however, played the first T20 which India won by 11 runs. Opener Darcy Short could not perform well in the opening two games. In such a situation, responsibility has increased on Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.