India continued their dominance over Australia in a rain affected opening match of the T20 series on Saturday and on Tuesday they have the chance to last that series with a match to spare like they did in the ODIs.
Australia were not at the races in the opening match of the three and they head into Tuesday’s one knowing anything but a win and they will be heading into the Ashes off the back of two limited overs defeats.
India will be very happy with their performance in the opening match. To restrict a side with the power with the bat that Australia have to a total lower than 120 is a decent achievement on any occasion. They would have won had the rain not come but once it did all it did was guarantee that the home side would be victorious.
The Indian bowling in all of these matches has been incredibly strong and the intriguing thing is it has not been resigned to the spinners to dominate. Their seamers have been strong throughout too and if that trend continues for a period of time this Indian side are going to be successful for a good while to come.
Heading into this series it looked like Australia had got to grips with the bat after three competent efforts but they went back to type on Saturday. They couldn’t get going at all and apart from Aaron Finch they looked clueless if we want to be brutally honest. This is not Australia’s greatest format and we saw why on Saturday.
To be fair given that they had no chance when the rain relented I thought Australia bowled pretty well but that will mean nothing if they can’t find some form with the bat. It could be that this is their best chance because this wicket won’t have any demons in it. The fact it is must win for the tourists could also focus their minds.
India will be unchanged unless they want to try anything out but you would expect they would want to get the series won before they do anything like that.
Australia may need to make changes to their batting line up. Whether that is the order or they need to make personnel changes remains to be seen but it would be a surprise if they are unchanged completely. Steve Smith misses the series.
Based on what we saw on Saturday the only way Australia can win this match you would think would be if they are chasing. India look a little short on the match prices though so I’ll leave the match outcome alone and head to the side markets for a bet.
I went under on the sixes on Saturday and I was denied a certain winner by the rain and I’m going full circle in this match. This is the first ever international match in Guwahati and as such that should ensure there is a decent wicket because they will want a show to be put on so that the Indian side go back there.
I’ve seen a few pictures of the ground and it looks tiny to the corners so on a good deck for batting and small boundaries I am expecting to see at least a dozen sixes in this one.
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