India vs Australia: Predicted India XI For The Second T20I

India has faced a drastic defeat in the first T20I against Australia at Visakhapatnam on Sunday and wants to level the series by winning the second T20I. India posted 127/7 after batting first and after futile efforts of Umesh Yadav and Yuzwendra Chahal, they lost the game to the visitors. Here is an account of predictions about the team compositions for the second T20I.


Top Order

Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul

Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a poorer score and hence there will be a competition for Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for the opening position. Kohli might want to give a chance for KL Rahul in the opening position though he did not do well in the first match at Visakhapatnam. Virat Kohli might bat at No.3 or No.4 to resolve the middle-order issues in the team. Shikhar Dhawan might be rested for the second T20I. There are probabilities of sending Vijay Shankar at No.3 or No.4 in the batting line up.

Middle Order

Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, and MS Dhoni

Vijay Shankar might bat at No.3 or No.4 to replace Dinesh Karthik. He might be useful as a bowler to replace Hardik Pandya who is fighting injury woes. MS Dhoni might bat at as a tail-ender since he is facing many trolls after refusing to take singles in the first T20I that cost India a drastic defeat. Rishabh Pant will be keeper-batsman for this game if Dhoni is rested for this game. He needs to hit some big score in this game to cement his position in the batting order.

There are predictions of sending Dhoni in the fifth position and Rishabh Pant in the sixth position to maintain a balance in the team.

All-rounders and Bowlers

Krunal Pandya will be the all-rounder to replace Hardik Pandya for this game. Jasprit Bumrah will be the crucial pacer and Umesh Yadav might be rested for this match. Yuzwendra Chahal and Mayank Markande will shoulder the spin bowling department since Kuldeep Yadav might be rested keeping World cup in mind. Siddharth Kaul might play the role of the back-up pacer. Jasprit Bumrah will be crucial bowler by his exceptional performance in the first T20I.