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India v Australia: Second T20I preview

Australia will be looking for an immediate response to their opening T20 International defeat against India, when they play the second match on Sunday.

The Aussies could be forgiven for being a little jaded following the celebrations of their World Cup success, just a few days earlier.

But they still made a fist of it before slipping to a two-wicket defeat against a much-changed India side that was out to restore some pride.

Australia had scored 208-3 off their 20 overs, and India got there will just one ball to spare in a thrilling encounter.

We could be in for another tight one on Sunday so let’s take a look at the latest news heading into the match.

WhatIndia v Australia
WhereGreenfield International Stadium, India
When23:30 (AEST) Sunday 26th November 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
Odds India 1.72, Australia 2.10

Head in contention to return

Travis Head had a well-earned rest following his heroics in the World Cup final, and sat out the opening T20 International.

However there is a good chance he could return to the side and could open the batting with Steve Smith, who put in a solid display in the first match.

Smith failed to hit a six in the match, but still managed to score 53 runs off 41 deliveries, albeit against an inexperienced India bowling attack.

Still, Smith is likely to retain his place at the top of the order and if Head does return then Matthew Short is likely to be the player to make way.

Short failed to shine with just 13 runs and will be hoping to get another opportunity. It will come at some point, but maybe not on Sunday, with Head tipped to return.

If he does play, then Head is priced at 4.00 to be Team – Top Batter.

That is the same price as Josh Inglis, who was the star of the Aussie batting line up on Thursday when he smashed 110 runs from just 50 balls.

David Warner will miss out once again as he takes a break ahead of the forthcoming summer of Test matches back in Australia.

Behrendorff shines on return

Fast bowler Jason Behrendorff marked his return to the Australian side with an impressive performance in the opening match.

Behrendorff took just the one wicket, but it was a key one, and he was super tight when going for just 6.25 runs an over.

He was a more than adequate replace for Mitchell Starc, who was rested, and is sure to line up again in the second match.

The Perth Scorchers star can be backed at 4.00 to be the Team – Top Bowler in the second match, while Tanveer Sangha, who took two wickets, is the same price.

Ellis to keep place

Nathan Ellis is also likely to keep his place in the side despite posting disappointing figures of 0-44 of his four overs.

However the right-arm bowler showed great courage and bounced back well in his final over of the match.

With the pressure on at the death, Ellis went for just seven runs to keep Australia well in the match, and he should get another chance on Sunday.

Ellis is also 4.00 to be Team – Top Bowler.

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