India takes on Australia in the third T20I in Guwahati on November 28. Both teams played the second game on November 26 and thus it is a quick turnaround for both teams. The Aussies are facing a must-win situation to level the series while for India, another win will give a series win against the Aussies.
The young Indian team piled up 235/4 in the second T20I with the top-order firing and Rinku Singh finishing in style. The bowlers then did their job bowling out Australia for 191 as Team India won the match by 44 runs.
Matthew Wade won the toss and opted to bat first. However, unlike the World Cup final, this time the ploy did not work out as the conditions were very different.
India is led by Suryakumar Yadav who himself did well in the first T20I. The batting lineup has performed overall as have the bowlers in the first two games.
Ruturaj Gaikwad is the vice-captain for the first three games. Shreyas Iyer will take up that role in the last two games. There are a lot of talented players in this squad for the series and now they need to translate that potential into performance. Given how the players performed in the second T20I, the management might stick with the same XI for the third T20I.
India Playing 11 vs Australia – 3rd T20I, 2023
After being run out in the first T20I, Gaikwad scored 58 off 43 balls opening the batting. He will continue to do so in the third T20I. The right-hander is the vice-captain in the third game.
Jaiswal will open the batting along with Gaikwad. He also scored 53 off 25 balls in the second T20I scoring at a strike rate of over 200. India yet again needs a good start from their openers.
Ishan Kishan (WK)
Ishan Kishan will slot in at three and will also keep wickets. The southpaw is fresh off a fifty himself and looks in good knick heading into this game. The southpaw was a part of India’s World Cup 2023 squad.
Suryakumar Yadav (C)
SKY will slot in at four. He scored 80 in the first T20I and 19 off 10 balls in the second. Surya was praised for his captaincy in the second T20I. He is 60 short of 2000 T20I runs.
Tilak Varma / Shivam Dube
Tilak will slot in at six. He scored just 12 off 10 balls in the first T20I and scored seven in the second T20I. He took a brilliant catch to dismiss Josh Inglish in Vizag. Dube is another option if they want to replace the southpaw.
Rinku will slot in at six as the specialist finisher. He scored 22 off 14 balls in the first T20I and 31 off just nine balls in the second. People have already started comparing him to MS Dhoni.
Patel slots in at seven. He has not had much opportunities with the bat. In the second T20I, he scored just two off six balls when he had a chance to finish the match for India. He went wicketless.
The left-arm pacer will lead the bowling attack. He was expensive in the second match but is seen as someone for the long run in the Indian T20I side. He has already taken 50 wickets in less than 40 games.
Krishna will pair with Arshdeep Singh. After an expensive first game, he came back to take 3/41 in the second. He also bowled with a lot of skill in the second T20I.
Mukesh will be the third seam option. He took 1/43 in the second T20I. He bowled brilliantly at the death in the first T20I. Aveshh Khan and Washington Sundar are the other options in the bowling lineup.
Bishnoi concludes India’s likely XI. He took 3/32 in the second T20I after taking 1/54 in the first T20I. He also seems to be a long-term option on the Indian T20I side.