Take a screamer on the boundary with T20I cricket tips as Australia look to back up Sunday’s upset and wrap up the series against India.
00:30 (AEDT), Thu 28th Feb @ M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Karnataka
History: Played 19: India 11 V Australia 7 (1 No Result)
Last meeting: February 24, 2019: Australia d India by 3 wickets at ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium
Final Thoughts: A momentous T20I series win in Inida is within Australia’s grasp after a thrilling win in Sunday night’s opener.
The Aussies snatched a last-ball, three-wicket victory in a low-scorer in Visakhapatnam.
India made just 7/126 batting first in the face of a superb collective Australian bowling effort. Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/26) and Pat Cummins (1/19) were particularly impressive in their four overs. KL Rahul (50 off 36) was the only Indian batsman to shine.
The tourists were in early trouble by D’Arcy Short (37 off 37) and Glenn Maxwell (56 off 43) rescued the run-chase. Jhye Richardson and Cummins managed the required 14 off the last over, with Cummins hitting two off the last ball.
Jasprit Bumrah (3/16) looked to have put India on course for victory with a spell-binding bowling display.
India have won eight of their last 11 completed T20Is against Australia. India also boast a 4-2 home record against the Aussies in the format.
But each of the last two series – late-2017 in India and late-2018 in Australia – finished 1-1.
Australia head into game two a juicy $2.47 to wrap up the series. India, and especially the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, will surely put in a better batting display. But the Aussies showed enough resolve and composure to suggest they are a huge chance of a repeat result.