IND vs AUS: 3 Changes India can make for 2nd T20I

Australia defeated India by four wickets in the first game of the three-match T20I series on September 20.

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Australia and India locked horns in the first game of the three-match T20I series on September 20. Aaron Finch & Co. defeated the Men in the Blue by four wickets in a high-scoring affair. India posted a daunting 208 runs on the board but the Aussies chased down the total with four balls to spare.

Axar Patel was India’s lone star with the ball with stellar figures of 3/17 off his four overs. The rest of the bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the Australian batters as they gave away 194 runs in 15.2 overs. A couple of missed chances in the field did not help either. Fans might see some tactical changes for the Men in Blue as they bid to level the series in the second encounter with the Aussies on September 23.

3 Changes India might make in 2nd T20I against Australia

1. Jasprit Bumrah in for Umesh Yadav

 

Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the first clash and Rohit Sharma & Co. missed his services quite severely. The Indian pacers could not dent the opposition in the powerplay and also lacked bite at the fag end of the innings. The Men in Blue leaked 57 runs in 20 balls at the death which is quite a mediocre bowling effort.

India’s pace-spearhead has been India’s strike-force with the ball upfront and has been simply impeccable at the death overs. He is extremely likely to come in place of Umesh Yadav who is more of a powerplay bowler and does not bowl at the death. Bumrah's numbers speak for themselves. In 58 T20I matches he has taken 69 wickets at a stellar economy of 6.46.

The speedster’s inclusion would mean Bhuvneshwar Kumar can be used more with the new ball which is his primary strength. Bumrah could bowl a few overs upfront and could share the death overs responsibility with Harshal Patel giving more balance to the bowling attack.

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