After the completion of the ODI series, we move to the shortest form of the game. The Indian team was able to seize crucial moments in the ODI series and thus the result showed as 4-1. The hosts have been playing some outstanding cricket in the recent past and the Indian juggernauts have looked unstoppable.
The team is playing with all the confidence in their bag and the players are backing their capabilities as the team has savored sweet success because of the same. The most impressive thing and the biggest positive for the Indian team has been the young colts. Hardik Pandya’s evolution and wrist spinners coming to the fore has decorated India’s recent success with the garland.
The Indian team would be having a lot of confidence in their bag:
The hosts are playing with gumption and it is palpable with the way they are salvaging themselves from the tough conditions. Every player knows his role in the team and they have been playing it vehemently. There are no things taken for granted by the team and there is no mercy for the opposition. It takes time to build these good habits and the Virat Kohli led side wants to keep repeating the same process again and again.
Ajinkya Rahane has been excluded from the T20I squad and that has raised some eyebrows after the designated third opener scored four half-centuries in the ODI series. The veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra has been recalled into the side and that goes to show his desire to play for the country. Shikhar Dhawan who had to miss out on the ODI series as he had to attend to his ailing wife is also back and is expected to take his opening position with Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul didn’t get a game in 50-overs form and the right-hander should be able to make the cut into playing XI.
The visitors were not able to exploit the situations they were in and gave away the advantage to the hosts and as a result, they managed to win only one match out of the five. The tourists will look to rectify those mistakes and once again would depend on their experienced players. Glenn Maxwell who had been dropped from the last two matches of the One-Day series should be back for them. Australia will hope that change in format of the game may also bring with itself some change in their fortunes.
Match Prediction: The teams had to cancel their net session because of the rain. Hopefully, the rain will not play a spoilsport tomorrow when it matters the most. The Indian team will once again enter the contest as favorites but a shorter format will give the Australian team a better chance to challenge India more.
Toss Prediction: Australia
Match Winner Prediction: India
India’s Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra.
Australia’s Probable XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner (c), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Tim Paine (wk), Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.
Date and Time: 7th October 2017, 7:00 PM IST.
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.
Live Telecast: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, Hotstar Premium.