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India v Australia: Fourth T20I preview

Victory in the third T20 international in Guwahati kept Australia in the hunt to win the T20I series in India, with the fourth match coming up in Raipur on Saturday.

Glenn Maxwell was the hero of the hour as he smashed 18 runs from the final four balls of the showdown in Guwahati to snatch an amazing victory for the Baggy Greens, with the hosts having previously taken the honours in both Visakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram.

However, it will be all change for the action in Raipur, with Maxwell one of six Aussies heading home and missing the final two matches of the series.

WhatIndia v Australia
WhereSVNS International Cricket Stadium, Raipur
When00:30 (AEDT), Saturday 2nd December 2023 
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsIndia 1.61, Australia 2.30

Maxwell exits with a bang

Maxwell finished unbeaten on 104 in Guwahati, but that will be his last act of the series, as he heads home along with Steven Smith, Josh Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott and Adam Zampa,

Stand-in coach Andre Borovec will instead have Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Chris Green and Ben Dwarshuis at his disposal as he plots to try and level the series and set up a decider in Bengaluru.

World Cup final centurion Travis Head has remained with the squad in India, having missed the first two T20 internationals before making 35 in Guwahati, and plenty of responsibility is sure to fall on the left-hander’s shoulders.

He can be backed at 4.00 to be Team - Top Batter on Saturday, with the freshly called-up McDermott also available at 4.00, while skipper Matthew Wade is an interesting proposition at 8.50.

Wade made an unbeaten 28 from just 16 balls as he helped Maxwell forge an unlikely win in match three and, should he move up the batting order from seven, he could be in line for a major contribution.

While batters dominated in Guwahati, left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff played a crucial role in Australia claiming the win, as he returned outstanding figures of 1-12 from four overs in a high-scoring contest.

He also conceded just 25 from four overs in the opening match of the series, before being surprisingly left out for the loss in Thiruvananthapuram.

Behrendorff is available at 4.50 to be Team - Top Bowler on Saturday, with fellow leftie Dwarshuis 5.50 if he is given the nod to feature.

India openers continue to shine

Both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad scored half-centuries in the India victory in the second match of the series, and then must have thought they would be on the winning side again in Guwahati after smashing 123 not out from just 57 balls faced.

Ultimately that superb innings counted for little, with Gaikwad admitting to reporters that knock meant "nothing really" after his side failed to close out what would have been a series-clinching victory.

Gaikwad is priced at 4.00 to be Team - Top Batter on Saturday, with opening partner Jaiswal also available at 4.00.

The hosts may well make changes to their bowling line-up, with Prasidh Krishna the most likely to step aside after being thumped for 25 from the decisive final opener in Guwahati.

Deepak Chahar has been added to the India squad for the final two matches of the series and he would also add some valuable lower-order batting prowess for the hosts.

Chahar has played in 24 T20 internationals to date, taking 29 wickets at an average of 24.24, although his career economy rate of 8.17 is a little high.

His career-best figures are the outstanding 6-7 he took against Bangladesh just over four years ago, and he is a 5.50 shot to be Team - Top Bowler on Saturday.

With so many changes expected to both line-ups and with Raipur having never staged a T20I before, this match is a hard one to call, but you can certainly expect another run-fest between two teams packed with talent.

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