India Vs Australia T20I Series 2nd Match – Odds and Prediction



Match result – India win

Despite boasting the highest T20 score ever against Australia, India ended up on the losing side. This was largely down to plenty of outfield mistakes. Even though Australia had an imperious performance in the first game, India could have picked up the victory if not for those mistakes. Now, the Men in Blue are likely to keen on a victory now that the series is at stake.

India top batter – KL Rahul

Rohit Sharma only come up with 11 goals in the first T20 game. Meanwhile, KL Rahul was able to put behind his mediocre form coming into the tournament to deliver a sizeable knock. After scoring his 18th half-century in the T20 games, the 30-year-old is likely to be pumped up for the upcoming game. The first game witnessed mediocre performances from the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. This will put the spotlight on KL Rahul.

Australia top bowler – Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood comes in the game after having picked up two wickets in the recent match. He has had a very good record when it comes to the T20 format with 48 wickets from the 41 matches. The pacer is likely to take advantage of the Indian top order suffering from a large amount of inconsistencies over the recent matches and months. Even though India posted the biggest T20 scored against Australia in the first game, Hazlewood is expected to be more important than in the second.

India v Australia: 2nd T20I Match Preview

India are now in a desperate comeback into the series after losing the first T20 game against Australia – even after posting a 200+ score in the first innings. Any loss in the series could be a huge blow for India ahead of the T20 World Cup. The Men in Blue get some crucial advantages like the return of Jasprit Bumrah, who was given a break from the first game. However, Bumrah will be back in time for the second game. One of the crucial players for India in the bowling department could be Axar Patel.

Australia are in a very good spot with regards to getting a series victory against India. After having done exceedingly well in T20 series since the World Cup success in 2021, there is little to fault with Australia, who were quite lucky to get the rub of the green in many of the fielding errors. The ability to chase down a 200+ score is a huge psychological bonus for Australia. Now, Tim David was also able to impress with more strength down the batting order.

Head-to-Head: India vs Australia in T20I

India and Australia have now faced each other on 24 occasions in the T20I games. India continue to hold the edge over Australia with 13 victories compared to the 10 picked up by Australia. One of the games between the two teams finished without a result.

Pitch and Weather Conditions

The pitch at the Vidarbha stadium is usually very mixed for the batting and bowling teams. It is generally preferable to go with the batting decision for the first innings, as it can become a little tough to chase high scores. The average score in the first innings – at this venue – is a very moderate 128. If the team that gets to bat first manages to come in with a score of 170+, this could make life really difficult for the chasing team. The weather conditions are not expected to be too detrimental.

Match and Venue Details

Match time: September 23, 2022 at 19:00 IST

Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur