The Final push towards the T20 World Cup begins. Most teams now only have a small handful of games left and will be looking to find stability with their line-ups. While Australia is going through a small transition with Aaron Finch retiring from ODIs, their T20I side looks very stable. Aaron Finch is still playing the format and leading the side at least up until the upcoming World Cup. They are missing some all-rounders this series though. Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis are unavailable due to injury. In their absence though, Cameron Green is likely to get an extended run while Tim David finally makes his appearance for Australia.
India too are still searching for answers. They had a dissapointing Asia Cup campaign with the middle-order looking inconsistent. The bowling attack too is struggling in the death and failing to put pressure in the form of wickets in the middle-overs. With Ravindra Jadeja injured yet again, the team balance is a growing concern. On the plus side though, Virat Kohli is back in form. He finally has a century after over 1000 days, and will be playing with a lot of freedom now.
Played- 23 | India- 13 | Australia- 9 | No Result- 1
Date: 20th September 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
The skies are clear during the IND vs AUS fixture with some clouds and a lot of dew expected.
Mohali is known for its long boundaries and grassy pitch. There will be some bounce and early swing to keep bowlers interested while long boundaries could help spinners. Dew though is very common in this time of the year, and both teams could be playing in a swimming pull very quickly, making it better to bat second.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant/ Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda/ Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin/ Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Umesh Yadav
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
After 1000+ days Virat Kohli finally has a century. With a lot of questions over his form, Virat Kohli will now be able to breathe a sigh of relief as he walks out with a lot less pressure this time around. He still has a lot of work to do though as India are struggling to produce results. India needs him to score badly, as they are failing to produce consistent wins, while the Asia Cup debacle will be fresh on their minds. Virat Kohli though, will walk into the Mohali stadium with happy memories. In 2016, against Australia in a virtual quarter-final, Virat Kohli produced one of his best innings, to prove why he is the best in the World.
There are not many debutants in the World who will will get the attention Tim David is getting. His debut was long pending, and he is finally going to turn up in an Australian jersey. After years of producing blinders around the world, Australia finally get to use him, and will hope he comes well as they look to strengthen their middle-order for the upcoming World Cup.
An interesting game ahead is very likely. India are fresh off a dissapointing Asia Cup, and will be eager to fight back. They are going to be bolstered by the return of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, which should give them a slight advantage. The current World Champions though are no pushovers. They are a very strong side, but despite winning the most recent World Cup, they remain rather questionable in T20 Cricket, especially with some key players missing.