Australia could be without their in-form skipper Aaron Finch for the do-or-die second T20I against India on Sunday. The opening batsman is in doubt for the crucial clash because of an apparent hip/glute injury that he sustained during the first T20I on Friday.
Aaron Finch is now set for scans on Saturday and will be assessed before the upcoming match. The right-handed batsman appeared to injure his glute while diving to field a ball late in India’s innings, in a similar manner to how David Warner sustained his injury in the second ODI and was soon sidelined.
He appeared to be in some discomfort as he attempted to constantly stretch out the injured muscle while batting during Australia’s chase. Aaron Finch was visibly struggling to run between the wickets during his quick-fire innings of 35 and also gave an worrying update on the same after the game, saying:
“A bit of a hip or a glute or something like that at the moment. We’ll wait and see, but it progressively got worse throughout the game. We’ll have a scan tomorrow and see how we go.”
In case Aaron Finch is sidelined, it will be yet another injury blow for Australia in recent weeks. Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar are already sidelined. The hosts will be hoping that their skipper recovers in time for the second T20I and help them keep the series alive.
India take the lead:
Talking about the first T20I, India won the game by 11 runs. Asked to bat first, the visitors posted 161 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. KL Rahul scored 51 while Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial knock of unbeaten 44 from 23 balls. In reply, Australia ended their innings on 150 for 7.
For India, Yuzvendra Chahal, who was brought in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja, starred with the ball. The leg-spinner took 3 for 25. Debutant T Natarajan also impressed and picked up three wickets.