Cricket World Cup

India v Australia Second T20 Tips: Hosts remain strong chance chasing

Steve Smith
Smith might get a day off with Head returning

Ed Hawkins finds bets at 4/15.00 and 8/19.00 for game two from the Greenfield International Stadium on Sunday...

  • India in-play pick in a chase

  • Head could return

  • Varma too big at 8/1

India v Australia
Sunday 26 November, 13:30
TV: Live on TNT Sports

India v Australia team news

India got their noses in front with a narrow, two-wicket win. It should never have been as close. Two inept performances from Axar Patel and Ravi Bishnoi suggest the reserves aren't quite as strong as India hoped.

Axar's six-ball three put them in the mire while Bishnoi had a memorably bad game. His economy busted 13, he dropped two catches, missed a run out and was then run out off one ball to add to the panic. Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube would be useful replacements.

Possible XI: Jaiswal, Gaikwad, Ishan, Yadav, Varma, Rinku, Dube/Sundar, Axar/Bishnoi, Arshdeep, Mukesh, Prasidh

Australia rested Travis Head. Presumably he palys here otherwise he may as well go home and rest. One of Steve Smith or Marcus Stoinis, World Cup winners both, could have a day off.

Josh Inglis took the plaudits with a fine century even though Bishnoi did give him a life. It would be a good idea for Australia to start building this T20 XI around him. It wouldn't be the worst idea to see him return to an opening role, either.

Adam Zampa may get a game on the same rationale as Head. Tanveer Sangha would make way.

Possible XI: Head, Short, Inglis, Smith/Stoinis, David, Hardie, Wade, Abbott, Behrendorff, Ellis, Zampa

India v Australia Second T20 pitch report

Like Vizag, the past scorecards in the Syed Mushtaq suggest this is a ground for the chaser. In 14 matches in the 2019 season, eight were won by the team batting second. There were two internationals in 2022 and 2019; India chasing 106 against South Africa and West Indies chasing 170 respectively.

The formbook was upset at Vizag in terms of first-innings runs so we're cautious about only seven first-innings totals out of the 16 combined above busting 150. Mind you, the par line will take little notice of that record.

India v Australia Second T20 match odds

India, as recommended, won in Vizag in the chase. They do appear to have the edge with greater batting power and death-bowling nous.

Despite Suryakumar Yadav's game-changing 80, there were big performances from Mukesh Kumar and Rinku Singh when the pressure was on with ball and bat respectively.

If the toss goes their way and they decide to bat second, they should be capable of making it 2-0.

Still, the 1.824/5 is the right price. In-play we are keeping fingers crossed that we get that 2.206/5 that was available for game one.

India v Australia Second T20 player bets

If Head returns the 5/23.50 that he top scores for the Aussies will prove popular. After a nice win on SKy in game one we'll divert our attention to Tilak Varma who has three wins in 11. He was 5/16.00 for the first match but has now been shunted out to 8/19.00 which seems a bit of an overreaction. Mukesh's death expertise was worthy of a couple of wickets and the 4/15.00 that he tops with the ball for India is of interest.

Back Tilak Varma top India bat @ 8/19.00

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