Team India would be delighted to see the return of their premier seam bowler, Japrit Bumrah, for Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s below-average performances have raised concerns in recent weeks. A batting-friendly wicket in Hyderabad will demand more resistance from bowlers. The Indian bowlers have relied on full-length deliveries outside off stump, although the conventional bowling technique of bowling into the block hole has been more effective. This year, in Bumrah’s absence, India have managed to bowl only 23 yorkers during the death overs.
Indian batters have not been in prime form either, although they did manage to put runs on the board during the Asia Cup. Virat Kohli’s return to form, however, has been one the most significant boosts for the side ahead of the T20I World Cup. Moreover, Kohli has fond memories of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Averaging 53.62 on this ground, he even played an unbeaten match-winning knock of 94 runs when India played here against the West Indies.
Overnight travel to play three games in six days can be overwhelming for players. Sloppy conditions in Nagpur have affected the visiting team’s playing combination. With Kane Richardson still unavailable, Australia are expected to return to a seven-batter strategy. Josh Inglis and Nathan Ellis are set to be brought back into the playing XI. It’s essential for Australia that Steven Smith finds some form ahead of the World Cup next month. He will be expected to bat at No. 3, with Josh Inglis set to follow him. Since the last World Cup, Mathew Wade has scored 228 runs in 8 innings at a Strike Rate of 178.12. He has been at his best while finishing the innings; he replicated the World Cup semi-final performance in the first game in Mohali.
Match: India vs Australia
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Date: 25 September 2022
Time: 07:00 PM IST
Where to watch: Star Sports Network | Disney+ Hotstar
Pitch report & Toss
For a change, toss might not be a critical factor on Sunday. In the last 18 games, both the batting-first and chasing sides have equally split the results between them.
The Hyderabad wicket has little grass, which will assist the seam bowlers initially. However, the wicket will turn into a batting paradise in no time. Considering recent records, the side winning the toss will opt to bat first. 190 looks an on-par score.
Probable playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Total played: 25
Australia won: 10
India won: 14
No result: 1
Home wins for India: 5
Away wins for Australia: 8
Australia: Cameron Green, Aaron Finch, Tim David
India: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya
Australia: Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Josh Hazlewood
India: Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Mathew Wade, Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, Steven Smith, Cameron Green, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nathan Ellis
Captain & Vice-captain picks
Captain: Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch
Vice-captain: Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith
A strong finish in the rain-affected game has put the Indian team in the driving seat to win the final T20I of the tour. I expect a close-fought contest. I expect the two old horses, Virat Kohli and Steven Smith, to score the most runs for their respective sides. I back India to win the final game and win the series.