Thiruvananthapuram: The 2nd T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram today at 7 PM. In this match, the Indian team may go into the field with the intention of improving their bowling.
India won the first match of the 5-match T20I series in Visakhapatnam by 2 wickets. Thus, the Indian team is leading 1-0 in the series. Chasing a target of 209 runs in the first match, the Indian team came close to victory easily due to the action of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. But the Indian team lost wickets in the last 2 overs and got a bit confused. However, Ringu Singh played without tension and helped the team cross the winning line.
In this match, the bowling of the Indian team did not put pressure on the Australian team at any stage. Mukesh Kumar scored 30 runs in 4 overs in fast bowling and Axar Patel scored 32 runs in spin bowling. Apart from them all the other bowlers scored runs. Arshdeep Singh scored 41 runs and Prashit Krishna scored 50 runs. Ravi Bishnoi also contributed 54 runs.
They may try to correct their mistakes in today’s game. Despite not taking a wicket in the Visakhapatnam match, Mukesh Kumar bowled a mixture of yorkers, bouncers and off-stump to restrict the Australian batsmen from accumulating runs with his bowling. If the other fast bowlers in the team follow this formula, they can put pressure on Australia’s batting line-up in today’s game.
Ravi Bishnoi, the much-anticipated spinner, failed to perform at the highest level in the first game. Josh Inglis took a hard look at his bowling in that game. He relies only on ‘googly’ balls, which is weak. Thus it is considered necessary for Ravi Bishnoi to make changes in his bowling strategies in today’s game.
In terms of batting, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Ringu Singh, Yashshwi Jaiswal are in good form. Another great innings could emerge from them. The strength of the batting will be further boosted if Ruduraj Gaekwad, Tilak Verma and Axar Patel, who were run out without facing a single ball in the first match, also perform at a high level.
In Visakhapatnam, Ishan Kishan started with just 21 off 19 balls. A left-handed batsman, he settled into the field and then swung the bat. In this manner, he added 37 runs in the next 20 balls to help them chase down the target successfully. Ishan Kishan may focus on playing aggressively from the start in today’s game.
In the first match, the Australian team made a shocking 208 runs in the batting despite the absence of leading players Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell. Another fine performance could come from Josh Inglis who smashed 110 off 50 balls. Matthew Short may be dropped if Travis Head is fielded in today’s game. Glenn Maxwell is also likely to replace Aaron Hardy. Adam Zamba may replace Tanvir Sangha to strengthen the bowling.
So far at Greenfield Stadium.. So far the Indian team has played three T20I matches at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. In this, on November 7, 2017, the Indian team won the match against New Zealand by 6 runs. After this, on December 8, 2019, the Indian team lost by 8 wickets in the match against West Indies.
Chasing a target of 171 runs in that match, West Indies won with 9 balls to spare. The last time India won the match against South Africa was on 28th September 2022 by 8 wickets. Chasing a target of 107 runs in that game, the Indian team scored 110 runs and won. Now for the 4th time, the Indian team is going to play the T20 match at the Greenfield International Stadium.