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Cricket news - Experiments on as Australia target maiden T20I series win in India

Even as headaches persist, Glenn Maxwell's good show in Vizag would have given Australia's team management something to cheer about

As the Australian team gathered for their practice session soon after wrapping up the photo shoot, one of their support staff brought out a big white board with plans scribbled on them. Australia have their ideas in place, the execution of the same is all that remains as they hunt a maiden T20I series win in India.

The last time India lost three consecutive T20Is was in the latter half of 2015, and they will be keen to avoid a repeat knowing winning momentum is key ahead of the World Cup. India might not be at their full strength but will also know that Australia, too, are not at theirs. They would have come in to the series confident that they can get the better of the visitors, even if results don't really count for too much in this bilateral T20I series.

Krunal Pandya confidently assured that India will come back hard and do everything to level the series and get back to winning ways. Pat Cummins reiterated the same, saying his side is aware that India's quality and knowledge of conditions will push them to ensure there's no clean sweep.

The wicket is expected to bring in a lot more runs than in Vishakapatnam, even though there is a nice green covering of grass on it. Truer bounce and short boundaries will mean more value for shots and that means there's another auction in place for both the middle orders that failed in the first T20I. India will hope the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya can give themselves some useful runs under the belt, while the same applies to Australia's troika of Peter Handscomb, Aaron Finch and Ashton Turner. The runs Rahul and Maxwell made for India and Australia respectively will give both camps great cheer, and a continuation of that will be the least the teams expect.

The bowling attacks from both sides have little to worry about. Umesh Yadav is surely an issue for India, but his last over failure could be viewed as a one-off. They will, however, ponder about the need for an extra option. For Australia, Jhye Richardson was the most disappointing, but certainly not to an extent that'll give the think tank a headache.

When: India vs Australia, 1st T20I, 7 PM Local Time

Where: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

What to expect: More runs than in Vizag if the batsmen are not too reckless. The pitch wears a nice green tinge, and should make the pacers happy. Otherwise a pleasant evening, with little chance of rain.

Team News:

India: Shikhar Dhawan batted the most during India's net session, and it looks like he could be included in place of Rohit Sharma for the game. The experiment and success with KL Rahul up the order was a good one for the hosts in Vizag, and the right-hander will hope to make the most of another chance in the familiar setting of Chinnaswamy. Rishabh Pant batted ahead of Dinesh Karthik, while Vijay Shankar bowled a decent amount too.

India could also look at dropping Mayank Markande for Siddarth Kaul if they deem the pitch to be more pacer-favourable. The lack of a sixth bowling option hurt them in the last game, and Vijay Shankar could just get a look in if India want more cushion.

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik/Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mayank Markande/Siddarth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia: Australia are unlikely to tinker with their line-up too much. One of their pacers might sit out for Kane Richardson, while it will also be interesting to see if the experiment to try out Marcus Stoinis as the opener and Finch at one-drop continues.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb (wk), Ashton Turner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson/Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa

What they said:

It's important to go out there and win every game, but eventually, we have to remember that it's cricket, it's a sport, it's an unpredictable sport. Obviously, whenever we step on to the field we want to win every game: Krunal Pandya

Playing cricket anywhere is good preparation. In some regards, the conditions are going to be different in the world cup then what will be here. There will be a lot of games at the world cup, so at the back of our minds, the wickets might be tired and it could spin like the wickets here in India. As bowlers, if we can take wickets here in the middle overs against a good batting line-up, in wickets, which is probably that are not bowler friendly, it will put us in good shape for the world cup: Pat Cummins

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