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India v Australia: Third T20I preview

Australia face a must-win T20 international against India in Guwahati on Tuesday, with the tourists already 2-0 down in the five-match series.

With the series following quickly on the heels of the 50-over World Cup in India, a number of fringe players have been given opportunities to shine and it is the hosts who have come out on top in both Visakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram.

The high-scoring series opener was a tense affair won by India by two wickets, before they backed that up with a 44-run success on Sunday to move within one further victory of wrapping up the series.

WhatIndia v Australia
WhereBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
When23:30 (AEST) Tuesday 28th November, 2023 
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsIndia 1.66, Australia 2.20

Top order do the damage for India

Holding a 1-0 lead, India made the most of the opportunity to bat first in Thiruvananthapuram, with the top three of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan all registering half-centuries as the hosts racked up 235-4 in their 20 overs.

Rinku Singh added late fireworks by smashing 31 not out from a mere nine balls, with Australia falling well short despite decent contributions from Marcus Stoinis, Tim David and skipper Matthew Wade.

Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi and seamer Prasidh Krishna both claimed three wickets, as the Aussies were unable to recover fully from 58-4 inside the first eight overs.

However, they did welcome back World Cup winners Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa for the second match and that pair will need to make a big impact if the tourists are to turn the series around.

Baggy Greens need to halt runaway starts

Captain Wade and his bowlers somehow need to find a way to prevent the home side from getting off to a flyer when batting, with Jaiswal registering the most runs by an Indian batter in the powerplay of a T20I game in the Thiruvananthapuram clash.

Jaiswal’s fellow left-hander Kishan has also impressed hugely, making 58 from 39 balls in the series opener and backing that up with 52 from 32 deliveries on Sunday.

Kishan is 4.50 to be Team - Top Batter in Guwahati, while he can be backed at 2.10 to score 30+ Runs.

Early wickets would seem to be the only way to stop India from piling the pressure on the Australian bowlers, with only the run out of Gaikwad in Visakhapatnam handing India an early setback.

With the series now on the line, stand-in Australia coach Andre Borovec says he is content with the way his side have played in the first two matches, despite losing both.

He also said that taking a look at Steven Smith at the top of the order and playing two frontline spinners were options that had been relative successes.

However, despite that view from Borovec, there must be a temptation to draft World Cup final hero Travis Head back in for the Guwahati showdown, with the powerful left-hander 4.00 to be Team - Top Batter for Australia.

Guwahati previous very limited

Only two completed T20I matches have taken place at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, with the most recent seeing India defeat South Africa by 16 runs in October 2022.

The first saw Australia go head-to-head with India back in October 2017, when the Baggy Greens recorded a thumping eight-wicket victory after skittling the hosts out for 118.

Zampa took 2-19 from his four overs that day, while Head made a quickfire 48 not out from 34 balls to help finish the job off with 4.3 overs to spare.

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