#IndiaInAustralia: Preview, TV listing and Dream XI of third T20I
The Virat Kohli-led Team India will be keen to make amends against Australia in the third and final T20I, to be held on Sunday. India lost the first match narrowly by 4 runs and the second encounter was washed away by rain, robbing India of a great opportunity. Kohli and Co. know they need a victory to salvage the series. Here's the pre-match report.
India need a positive show
Kohli would have wanted to start the tour with a victory, but things didn't go according to the plan. They were skinned by rain in their pursuit to level the series at the MCG. India have another shot at victory now and they must come all guns blazing in a must-win battle. India will want to improve their fielding, while the bowling looks strong.
India to go in with same XI
One would have expected to see Yuzvendra Chahal bowl alongside Kuldeep Yadav on Friday. But the hosts went with the same line-up, used in Brisbane. Kuldeep has been terrific in both the matches. India will field the same XI and eyes will be on Rahul.
Aussie batting needs work atop
Australia will be concerned about the way they have batted in the power-play. They were all over the place at the MCG. In Brisbane as well, it was the heroics of Maxwell and Stoinis that changed the momentum for the hosts. Aussies need their top order to fire and rotate the strike well. This has been missing from their game.
Numbers game: Australia vs India
In 18 T20Is played between the two nations, India have managed to clinch 10 victories to Australia's 6. In 18 T20Is this year, Aussies have won 10 and lost 7. India have won 13 out of the 18 T20Is in 2018. Shikhar Dhawan is the leading T20I run-scorer in 2018 (648). Andrew Tye is the leading T20I wicket-taker in 2018 (30).
When and where to watch the match?
The match is scheduled for a 1:20 PM start IST. The match can be watched live on the Sony Ten Network. It can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.
Here is our Dream XI pick
Dhawan, who has been in superb form with the bat, gets the leadership role. Kuldeep Yadav can sparkle with the ball and is the vice-captain of this XI. Lynn, Kohli and DK and McDermott form the batting line-up. Pant is our pick as the wicket-keeper batsman. One all-rounder in Maxwell seals the spot. Tye adds support to JB and Bhuvi in the bowling attack.