Deadline: December 4, 1:40 PM IST
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
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The pitch at Manuka Oval had something for everyone in the final ODI: the seamers could produce enough lateral movement; the spinners got enough zip to outsmart batsmen; and the ball came nicely onto the bat. Expect an even game between the bat and ball.
Aaron Finch’s scores in the ODI series read 114, 60, and 75. In T20Is against India, he has blasted 405 runs at a staggering average of 31, including 2 fifties and 3 forties in 13 matches. What even more impressive is that he has only 3 single-digit scores and his lowest double-digit score reads 27. To put the stats into perspective, his recent form and overall figures against India make him the MVP in fantasy cricket for Friday’s game.
KL Rahul is likely to open the innings in the T20I series – a position where he knows how to score runs by hundreds. So majestic he has been in this format that his 1,461 T20I runs have come at an average of 46 and a strike rate of 146. To make matters more interesting, his last 10 T20I innings read 62, 11, 91, 45, 54, 56, 57*, 27, 39, and 45.
Given the kind of strokes he has been playing, Australia might send Glenn Maxwell at any position to dent India’s confidence. He scored 167 runs with a mind-boggling strike rate of 194 in the three-ODI series. Not to forget that he will be the sixth bowling option, scaling up the chances of him bowling his off-spinners in the powerplay.
Virat Kohli averages a whopping 65 against Australia in T20Is. He has scored 6 fifties in 16 matches against them, with the highest score of 90* at Adelaide.
In the only T20I at the venue, Steven Smith scored an unbeaten 80 in a chase of 151 runs. Him being the Player of the Series in the recently concluded ODIs makes him one of the top picks yet again.
Ravindra Jadeja may not have been threatening with the ball, but he certainly has been hitting it well. At No. 7 he is less likely to get enough deliveries, but leaving a handy all-rounder such as him is not a risk worth taking in fantasy sports.
With 7 wickets at a strike rate of 25.7, Adam Zampa was the highest wicket-taker for Australia. Although the Indians managed to score runs off the leg-spinner, they could not often survive for long.
Hardik Pandya will be India’s Maxwell in T20Is. India will use him as an aggressor, sending him to any position. With 210 runs, he was India’s highest run-scorer in ODIs.
The best bowling figures (6 for 7) in T20Is belongs to Deepak Chahar. He swings the ball both ways and has a knack for providing early breakthroughs.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis/Marnus Labuschagne, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye
India: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami/Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav