Date: 25 September 2022
Time: 07:00 PM IST
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
After levelling the three-match T20I series in Nagpur on Friday, Team India will take the field on Sunday to clinch the T20I series and show the world that they have reached that position in the world rankings because of a reason.
However, as Australia showed in the first match in Mohali that even without some of their top stars they are still capable enough to beat India in Indian conditions. All of this makes for an exciting final T20I which doubles up as the series decider with the bilateral contest currently tied at 1-1.
Get ready for what promises to be a humdinger of a match coming your way live from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
In the only T20I that has happened here at this venue, over 200 runs were scoring in both the innings of the match. While West Indies had scored 207/5, India had reached their target with 8 balls to spare. If that is anything to go by, this will be a belter of a track with plenty of runs on it. Having said that, the captain winning the toss might look to bowl first to know exactly what their target is rather than trying to get a mammoth score and ending up a few short. Expect a good contest with the bat and ball especially when the ball is new.
The hosts seem to be getting better with every passing match after their back-to-back defeats in the Asia Cup. Especially their batting has clicked with KL Rahul getting back to form, Virat Kohli getting his hundred and even Rohit Sharma getting back among runs. And with Jasprit Bumrah nailing those yorkers in the last match and Axar Patel showing how effective he can be both inside and outside of the powerplay overs, India are moving towards finding a settled combination.
SportsTiger's Predicted XI of India
Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Truth be said, Australia are still in experimentation mode which is why they won't be too worried about the result in the last match. Although the cause of concern will be the form of Pat Cummins who has leaked runs in his recent T20I matches. However, they do have their positives like the form of Matthew Wade who almost took the visitors to a winning total. Aaron Finch also looked good in the second T20I. Adam Zampa's impressive form against India continued as he scalped 3 wickets at the same time being miserly with the ball. A well-rounded effort from the team in the final T20I and even the eventual result could be different.
SportsTiger's Predicted XI of Australia
Aaron Finch (captain), Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Daniel Sams/Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Despite India's slip-up in the series opener they are expected to win the third T20I and take the series 2-1.
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