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Ind Vs Aus T20I: Team India Will Look To Change The Playing XI, After Suffering A Narrow Lost

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| November 22 , 2018 , 20:08 IST

Virat Kohli-led Indian team after narrowly losing the T20I series opener against Australia by four runs will look to keep themselves alive in the competition by winning the second Twenty20 international of the three-match fixture at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.

It is learnt that in the rain-hit first T20I, the team India failed to cross the line while chasing a revised target set on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Kohli would have definitely missed the services of leggie Yuzvendra Chahal as the hosts struggled against left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who scalped two Australian wickets conceding 24 runs in the previous contest at the Gabba in Brisbane.

There is a strong possibility that the Indian playing XI could possibly witness a few changes as the skipper would be desperate to bring back Chahal, while Krunal Pandya could be axed after being clobbered for 55 runs in the first T20I.

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Also, KL Rahul, who did not look comfortable after failing to cross the 30-run mark in the last six occasions, is likely to miss Friday's game and the team management would like to test Manish Pandey in his absence.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a brilliant inning of 76 off 42 balls in the last game, showed the kind of class he could create and it is expected of him to blast again.

Unlike Dhawan, his partner Rohit Sharma failed to fire, but the opener is an experienced campaigner and it is a matter of just a few deliveries for him to click.

The middle order looks settled with stumper Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik looked in good touch. The duo came all guns blazing in the previous game and their knocks had brought back the visitors back in the hunt while chasing a challenging total.

However, Pant's inexperience was clearly visible in Brisbane as the Delhi stumper played an unwanted and completely immature shot to throw his wicket.

Coming to India's bowling, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was accurate with the leather after conceding just 15 runs from his three overs. Jasprit Bumrah also bowled well after figures of 1/21 from three overs.

On the other hand, Australia would once again expect fireworks from Glenn Maxwell and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. The all-rounder first played a 19-ball unbeaten 33 before setting up the win for the home side by picking two wickets for 27 runs.

Also, Adam Zampa proved beneficial for the host with figures of 2/22 and the Australian team management will once again hope their side to replicate the Brisbane show here.

Look at the squads of both the team:

India - Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.

Australia: Aaron Finch (Captain), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (Wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.