After Australia upset India in a thrilling contest in Vizag, the action will move to Bengaluru for the second T20I, scheduled for February 27th (Wednesday). Though the hosts entered the match as the outright favourites, a middle-order collapse saw him struggling for runs in the middle. Not only this but the way the other bowlers bowled apart from Bumrah; it showed the presence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammad Shami is necessary for the team. For Australia, they clicked the right boxes at the right time – scoring runs in the middle overs and breaking partnerships. Meanwhile, Cricket Addictor will bring the match prediction of the second T20I in Bengaluru.
|27th February 2019||M Chinnaswamy Stadium||AUS 1 – 0 IND|
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru – Venue Details
The stadium in Bengaluru is a paradise for batsmen mostly but had helped the bowlers equally in the past. Don’t remember? Ask Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up six wickets in a T20I against England a few years back. However, the pitch at M Chinnaswamy Stadium always has a true bounce. Though it could be double-paced, both the batsmen and bowlers like playing at the venue.
Speaking of the boundaries, they are not long – giving an advantage to the batters in this form of the game especially. Since the stadium is built at 3000 ft above the sea level, the ball seems to travel more here.
How’s the weather?
More than anything, weather does play a role in a game of cricket. Bengaluru, in particular, always had pleasant weather to offer. On Wednesday, the weather report says there would be no rain, and the temperature will hover around 18 degrees at night. Thus the environment will be relaxed for the players, and it will all boil down to who wins the toss.
India aims to settle scores in Bengaluru T20I
The hosts had come off a brilliant away series in Down Under. First, they beat Australia in Tests – claiming the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the first time at their home. Later, they won the three-match ODIs, 2-1. Not only this, the Men in Blue won the ODI series in New Zealand after ten years – beating them 4-1 across five ODIs. Though India would have wanted to finish the tour on high by winning the NZ T20Is; they fell short eventually, losing 1-2 to the Kiwis.
Meanwhile, in the first T20I in Vizag, the India National Cricket Team fared poorly – both with the bat and ball. Even after their core players were on the list, the hosts didn’t perform well enough to win. Come the next game, Virat Kohli-led team will want to settle the scores.
Aussies drew first blood; eyes series win against India
After a horrible start to their 2019, Australia found some reprieve – first, they beat Sri Lanka at home in Tests and later won the first T20I against India. Australia, however, will play a short limited-overs series against Pakistan in March but this is India’s last international assignment in their lead up to the 2019 World Cup.
In Vizag, they ticked all the boxes – from batting, bowling and fielding. Not only they broke partnerships, but Australia was also able to build them during their innings. Though they suffered some hiccups in the fag end of the innings; the Aussies managed to keep the foot on the paddle and win the game for their country. In the second T20I, Australia will look to strengthen their grip on the series and take it home.