Audience Gets Ready to Witness Great Contest between India and Australia in Melbourne

January 29 14:49 2016

t20indNew Delhi, Friday, January 29 – The weekend is believed to be hiding a bag full of surprises for the cricket fans who were keenly been waiting for the remaining T20 matches between India and Australia to start.

In view of the fact that the two strong teams are all set to meet at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on Friday, January 29, viewers can’t afford to miss the action at any cost for the reason that motto will be to win. India eye lead while Aussies look for leveling the series.

Confidence of the Men In Blue is sky high as of now given that they lately logged a thumping win over the Aussies by 37 runs in the first T20I played on January 26, giving Indian viewers a perfect reason to celebrate and jump in joy on the Republic Day. The high-voltage match is anticipated to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people live in the stadium, at the same time as many are all set to enjoy every bit of the competition sitting at home.

In view of the fact that it is the second big game for both the Indian camp and Aussies, a defeat is what none wants to experience against each other. Here is to mention that pressure is on the squad led by Aaron Finch given that Aussies have lost first match to the side guided by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Since the time for World Cup is near, Australia wish to mark a comeback in the game and not to repeat mistakes done earlier. No wonder if the story changes this time only if they put best foot forward and participate as a unit as similar to the kind of play exhibited by them against India in one-dayers.

The visiting squad certainly has big batting lineup. Rohit Sharma has got the potential to hold the fort and speed up the pace of scoring runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina are back in form. Virat Kohli pulled off impressively by striking a number of  boundaries and hitting a few biggies. The conditions of the ground were well utilized by the Indian team. Since most of the stadiums in Australia are big, the guests made sure to place the ball well and run for singles, twos and threes. Right placement of the ball made them be on a bit stronger side as compared to Australia, who seemed much inclined towards hitting big shots. More to the point, it appeared that the stress to go for a six or boundary was higher on the host that made batting order to collapse regardless of a good start.

If truth be told then any target is less against Australia keeping in mind balanced performance in previous contests. Expectations of the cricket fans are always soaring. The efforts were poured by each Indian player in the lately played match at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, and this is the reason why they tasted victory and gave Indian fans an opportunity to jump in joy and remember the triumph for at least few years to come. But they would certainly wish Dhoni and Company to end the tour with a series win, something that will help the group stay confident before the real show kicks off in early March.

If truth be told then the job is not going to be easy this time as Aussies have big list of bowlers. Usually the skipper capitalizes six bowling options in the hunt for quick wickets.  It would be a challenge for Indian batsmen to read different moods of bowling by Travis Head, Cameron Boyce, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson and Shaun Tait. It will be interesting to notice whether the team comes with any changes or not. Indian bowling attack was not too sharp but things changed post beginning the tournament with a victory. Spinners did job for India. Some good catches were caught. Highlights were the catches pouched by Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh. It is going to be exciting to notice what combination Dhoni picks against Australia today to continue building pressure on the opponents and have advantage of recent triumph in 20-20 over game.

Hardik Pandya may bat but expecting him to deliver the ball in right line and length doesn’t seem getting fulfilled in the near term. However, hopes are up with Jasprit Bumrah, the youngster, who took two wickets in 3.3 overs. The right-arm fast-medium bowler had shown his skills to go far and India can take advantage of his potential to carry on winning streak. Suresh Raina is a big player and so is Yuvraj Singh. On the other hand, Ashish Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rishi Dhawan and Harbhajan Singh must be keen to perform to the best of their abilities. The audience is ready to witness an exciting contest between the powerhouses that is to start after a few hours.

The habit of quick batting collapse of Indian players in the overseas could be strength of the Aussies. Dhoni’s squad at this point in time must be desperate to write a fresh story on Australian pitches but that will be possible only when entire team plays as a unit. Whether they win or lose the toss, focus should be on benefiting from the strengths they have. Performances are important not only to rank up in ICC ODI rankings but also be a threat for the opponents. What all Australian supporters want is Australia should make the most of the toss if win and get the chance to make a decision over batting or fielding first. No surprises if sea of blue is seen in the stadium as chances of Indian fans backing the tourists is high. Dhoni-led side by and large don’t feel like playing in the overseas as cricket fans come with Indian flag and give the loudest cheer whenever crucial wickets are taken and ball is made to touch the fences or cross it. Preparations related to successfully host the match are done. Everyone is curious to notice which team is a smash hit in the end.  It will be pretty much exciting to observe who all outshine the competitors to grab eyeballs.

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