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India v Australia: Fifth T20I preview

After losing the fourth T20I by 20 runs and therefore losing the series, Australia will be playing for pride when they take on India a last time late on Sunday.

Despite Matthew Wade’s late heroics to try and win the fourth encounter in Raipur, the Aussies fell short of India’s 174-9.

Now attentions turn to the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the final encounter between these great sides.

WhatIndia v Australia
WhereRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
When23:30 (AEDT), Sunday 3rd December 2023 
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsIndia 1.50, Australia 2.62

Wade’s late flurry not enough

Before focusing on the fifth and final clash between these sides, it’s important to look at how these sides faired on Friday.

Australia’s Ben Dwarshuis ended with strong bowling figures of 3-40 but India still managed to post a total of 174-9.

Rinku Singh enjoyed a career-best 46 to help the hosts, who would have been somewhat concerned by Australia's solid start in their response.

In-form Travis Head managed to smash 31 runs from just 16 deliveries but he was then caught by Mukesh Kumar from the bowling of Axar Patel.

A much-changed Australia side failed to kick on from that positive start and, despite Wade’s 36 runs from 23 balls, the tourists fell to a 20-run defeat at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur.

After the loss Wade admitted that the Aussie order could have done better handling India’s spin bowling but it’s all a learning experience ahead of the T20 World Cup in 2024.

“We just didn't play spin very well in the middle and lost a few too many wickets so that left Tim David with too much to do,” Wade said. “The bowlers coming in did a very good job, Dwarshuis did a very good job, they did really stand up. 

“We want to continue to learn about the players under the established players since the World Cup is around the corner, so depth around the squad will be key.” 

Australia looking to finish on a high note

With Australia now trailing by an insurmountable series scoreline of 3-1 with one game to play, head coach Andrew McDonald might look at changes to his starting lineup.

The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of the smaller grounds in India and has a habit of offering up some big scores.

In fact the average first innings total at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is 265, so expect plenty of runs in this one.

Head will fancy his chances of posting a big score on this smaller field and is 3.75 to finish Australia’s Top Batter.  

Having won the third game of the series by an impressive five wickets, Australia know what they are capable of in Indian conditions.

The tourists will look to the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Head to put on some big scores to try and end a losing series on a positive note ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

India are available at 3.75 to win the next T20 World Cup, while Australia are 5.00 to get their hands on the trophy. 

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