INDIA vs AUSTRALIA – 3rd T20i Preview and Fantasy Tips

A must win game for India to level the series 1-1 while Australia won’t be in pressure of losing the series as the series will either belong to Australia by 2-0 if Aussies win the last encounter or will draw the series 1-1 if India wins.

The best positive sign for India is that India have never lost a T20i Series Decider till now. They have won all the 3rd and Final games of the T20i series. It would have been 1-1 or even 2-0 to India if the Rain Gods hadn’t spoilt the contests. The Duckworth Lewis Method was the key to success for Australia in the 1st T20i as India scored more than Australia in the same number of overs but luckily D/L added few extra runs to the Australian total. The 2nd T20i totally belonged to India. The Indian bowlers restricted Australia to a cheap total but Rain Gods had other ideas as the game got abandoned.

Good news for Australia is Mitchell Starc has been called up to play the 3rd T20i replacing injured Billy Stanlake. So, he will enter the team straight away in place of Nathan Coulter Nile or Jason Behendroff.

Expected Playing XIs :

India : Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishab Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya / Yuzi Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed.

Australia : Aaron Finch (C), D Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (WK), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Jason Behendroff.

India will play the third and final T20 game in Sydney Cricket Ground and hope the weather doesn’t play a spoilsport on Sunday. Incidentally, a dust storm hit Sydney on Thursday and heavy wind flowing across the city over the last couple of days. The weather forecast is partly cloudy for Sunday and no rain expected during the match time.

Players to Watch out for : Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav.

The pitch will help the pacers magnificently.

Form Guide:

India: W-W-W-L-N

Australia: L-L-L-W-N

Head-to-Head in T20I (last five matches)

India: 1

Australia: 2

No result: 2


Seeing the form of the Australian Batsmen, they have been reasonably too poor. Both the openers Aaron Finch, D’ Arcy Short have been failing. Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are the only players of Australia who have been playing at par. Andrew Tye, Jason Behendroff have been very expensive and mostly are wicketless. Adam Zampa was good in the 1st T20i but he is inconsistent. Alex Carey is the safest option for your fantasy team as the Indian bowlers might just take 3-4 wickets of Australia quickly and bring him in. So there are high chances that he will bat as compared to Rishab Pant who might not bat seeing the form of the Indian Batsmen in the recent months.


Batsman : Chris Lynn

All Rounders : Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell

Wicket-Keeper : Alex Carey

Bowlers : Mitchell Starc

Talking about India, I would suggest you not to pick Virat Kohli as he bats at No.4 and seeing the T20i form of Top 3 i.e. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, Captain Kohli may just not bat or even if bats then he may face very few balls. Also his credits is very high. So Rohit, Shikhar and Rahul should be clear cut picks in your fantasy team. Krunal Pandya has been poor and we may expect that Chahal replaces him in the 3rd T20i so he will be very risky pick so don’t pick him. Karthik although was exceptional in the 1st T20i scoring 30 off just 13 balls but its highly unlikely that he will bat in the 3rd T20i as he bats at No.6.

All the 4 Indian Bowlers i.e. Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should make a place in your fantasy team as all these 4 have been good and are taking wickets consistently. It will be risky for you if you drop one of those and he takes 3-4 wickets. So have these 4 in your team.

Captain / Vice Captain Options :

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, Marcus Stoinis and Jasprit Bumrah. I would have Rohit and Shikhar as captain and vice captain respectively.

Article By- Harsh Jain


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