Weather could impact as Australia seeks to level series with India

Sunday, 26 November 2023 - 14:53

Following a thrilling World Cup, Australia and India are set to clash in the second T20I of a five-match series. The first T20I was marked by significant changes in line-ups and fortunes, with both teams displaying strong performances. The action now shifts to Thiruvananthapuram, where weather conditions, including overcast skies, may force teams to adjust their plans.

The potential for swing in the overcast conditions could favor technically adept batters like Australia's Steven Smith. While Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins have returned home, Australia looks to capitalize on the expertise of Smith and other hard-hitting batters like Marcus Stoinis. Australia aims to bolster their batting lineup beyond Smith and Josh Inglis, who contributed significantly in the series opener.

India, despite their success in the first T20I, faces concerns in the lower-middle order. The vulnerability of the lower order, evident when they slipped from 194 for 4 to 208 for 8 in the first match, prompts questions about potential changes in the team composition. The team management may consider bringing in all-rounders like Washington Sundar or Shivam Dube in swinging conditions to address the brittleness in the lower-middle order.

The weather forecast suggests the possibility of overcast conditions in Thiruvananthapuram, reminiscent of a T20I in September 2022, where South Africa collapsed to 9 for 5. The swing-friendly conditions may influence both teams' strategies, making the match an exciting contest.

India may maintain a similar playing XI from the first T20I, but the possibility of swing may lead to considerations for changes.
Australia has World Cup winners Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa, along with Travis Head, as potential options for selection.

India (probable): 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Ishan Kishan (wk), 4 Suryakumar Yadav (capt), 5 Tilak Varma, 6 Rinku Singh, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Mukesh Kumar

Australia (probable): 1 Steven Smith, 2 Matthew Short, 3 Josh Inglis, 4 Marcus Stoinis, 5 Tim David, 6 Aaron Hardie, 7 Matthew Wade (capt, wk), 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Tanveer Sangha

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