Deadline: October 20, 3:30 PM IST

Venue: ICC Academy Ground, Dubai

Pitch Report

The pitch is an absolute featherbed for the batters. India chased down 189 in 19 overs against England on Monday. However, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin choked the batters with tight lines and lengths and maintained an economy of under 7 RPO.


Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Varun Chakravarthy, who were rested against England, are likely to get a game.

Probable XI for India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin/Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami/Jasprit Bumrah/Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar

Glenn Maxwell is likely to replace Ashton Agar.

Probable XI for Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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Players to watch out for

In 2021, Mitchell Marsh has scored 442 runs including 7 scores above 40 runs, and taken 8 wickets in 15 games.

KL Rahul continued his blistering form with a score of 51 off 24 in the first warm-up game. Against Australia, he has an impressive average of 29.2.

In the Dubai leg of the Indian T20 League, Glenn Maxwell’s scores read 11, 56, 50*, 57, 40, 51, and 15. To add fuel to the fire, he is expected to bowl to test the bowling strengths and strategies of Australia.

Rohit Sharma either goes all guns blazing or walks back early against Australia in the shortest format. In 19 games, he has 3 fifties and 8 scores in single digits.

Aaron Finch has scored a whopping 440 runs against India – the most by an Australian in T20Is. In the warm-up game against New Zealand, he smashed 24 off 19 including two sixes and a four.

Varun Chakravarthy ended up as the highest wicket-taker for Kolkata in the Indian T20 League: he took 18 wickets and maintained an economy of 6.5.

Mitchell Starc’s bowling figures in the last 5 T20Is read 5/48, 3/26, 3/43, 2/33, and 1/28.

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Match Prediction

India have won 13 of 22 completed T20Is against Australia. In ICC T20I Rankings, India are at the second position while Australia are stuttering at the seventh spot.

The result, however, does not hold much importance in practice games. The goal will be to finalise the combinations before the flagship tournament.

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