Change in format to T20 should Inspire India at Adelaide.
Manish Pandey struck a brilliant unbeaten 104 as India stopped Australia’s push for a clean-sweep …
Reinforced with inclusion of Yuvraj and Suresh Raina and comeback man Nehra, India appears formidable for the T20 clash tonight. Nehra last played his international game in 2011 and Raina made to watch the One day series from the comfort of his living room will now be hungry to stamp his credentials in the T20 format.
Heading into the first game, India worries remain the same. The bowlers leaked more than 6 six runs per over in every game until Bumarh bowled that inspired spell in Sydney. It immediately rubbed in as Ishant bowled a splendid over in the death at Sydney.
Ashwin has had a long stint at the nets here in Adelaide, both with bowl and bat, an indication that he will be in playing 11 today.
The batting for India is well settled with Yuvraj at 4, Raina at 5.Raina will be hungry having just captained his state UP to its maiden Mushtaq Ali Trophy title. Yuvraj who has not played since 2014 world cup for India is back in the mix of some very strong performances in Vijay Hazare trophy
Australia on other hand head into the game with confidence on back of their result in one dayers The inclusion of Shaun Tait, who has bowled quick in BBQ is meant to intimidate the Indians but I doubt if it will impact the rocking Indian openers who are in form of their life. With Tait’s pace, ball coming on bat, the short boundary on either side of wicket will keep the fielders busy. For Tait to shine, Australia would be hoping he is able to get his Yorkers right. With Steve Smith and Warner schedule to play just the first game, in preparation for NZ tour, Aaron finch will have to rely on in in form Lynn and Travis Head, who bowls reasonably well. India’s bench provides plenty of bowling options for MSD. Yuvi and Raina will provide that extra option with their part time spinners, in addition to Ashwin. With Hardik Pandey most likely to play as the extra seamer, will be interesting combination of pace - Bumrah, Nehra and Hardik.
We good weather forecast, we are in for a cracker of a game at Adelaide.