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Australia Tour Of India 2022: India Playing 11 vs Australia (Predicted), 2nd T20I. India will host Australia in the second T20I of the three-match T20I series at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur on 23rd September from 7:00 PM onwards. Australia leads the series by 1-0 after successfully chasing a stiff target of 208 for the loss of 6 wickets at Mohali.

The 1st T20I came up with a stunning result. Batting first India scored 208 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Opener KL Rahul scored the 18th fifty of the format followed by 71 runs from Hardik Pandya at a strike rate of 236.67.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. Pic Credits: Twitter

Rohit Sharma’s T20I side is in big trouble especially when it comes to the death bowling. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has now conceded 16, 14, and 19 runs in the last four games including Asia Cup 2022. It was also for the first time in his career that Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded more than 50 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image-Twitter

Harshal Patel who was making his comeback went for 22 runs in the 18th over of the game which changed the momentum of the game. India played 6 bowlers including Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder, yet couldn’t manage to defend a total of more than 200.

Axar Patel was the only positive from the 1st T20I. He took 3 wickets for just 17 runs in his 4 overs. He broke the opening partnership of Finch and Green and then also sent Cameron Green to the pavilion. Fielding-wise, India’s performance was poor too. They dropped three catches and two of them were Cameroon Green’s. Yuzvendra Chahal’s form is also concerning.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

After having lost three big games while defending an above-par total, the Indian bowling attack is surely looking as a serious concern. The Indian team suffered disappointing back-to-back defeats at the hands of Pakistan and Sri Lanka during Asia Cup 2022 and then things once again crumbled for the hosts as they conceded another poor 4-wicket loss against Australia even after setting a big target of 208 runs in the first T20I. The India vs Australia 2nd T20I encounter will be taking place at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on 23 September, 2022.

Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav. (Photo: Twitter)

Without much of a doubt, India have certainly missed the services of right-arm speedster Jasprit Bumrah during the last few T20I games. While returning from a long injury lay-off, the Indian team management decided to rest Jasprit Bumrah in the first T20I against Australia. In case Jasprit Bumrah is completely fit, senior pacer Umesh Yadav is likely to make a way in the playing 11 for the second T20I encounter against Australia.

India vs Australia
India vs Australia (Credits: Twitter)
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Ravichandran Ashwin can complement Axar Patel and can also add depth to the batting line-up. He may replace Yuzvendra Chahal. Deepak Chahar is a more disciplined bowler than Umesh Yadav and can get the new ball to move even when the conditions don’t help. He may replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Harshal Patel. Rishabh Pant may also replace Dinesh Karthik. Australia will go unchanged probably.

Australia Tour Of India 2022: India Playing 11 vs Australia (Predicted), 2nd T20I

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of India in the ongoing T20I series against Australia and will lead the team in the 2nd T20I as well. He will be an opener for the team in the match. The right-handed batter failed to score a good knock in the 1st T20I as he got out for just 11 runs. He started well with a six and a four but got out soon. In the next game, Rohit Sharma will look to give a good start to the team.

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