Australia v India, 2nd T20I
6/12/20, 08:10am (GMT), Sydney
The T20 series got off to a good start for India, recovering to post a competitive total before their spinners choked the Australian batsmen.
There was controversy around the concussion of Ravi Jadeja but he is set to miss the rest of the series as he recovers, which poses a real problem to the balance of the India line-up after rescuing them with the bat down the order, and his absence could bring Australia back into it.
However it’s the absence of David Warner which proved to be the most significant and the Australia side still resembles something of an experimental XI despite the upcoming World Cup, with several fringe players given a chance.
India also featured some players not normally considered first choice but they looked in good touch and make India slight favourites in Sydney.
India to record the highest opening partnership – 1/1
It didn’t work out for India in the opener, when Shikhar Dhawan received a beauty from Mitchell Starc early on, but India are fielding the two highest run-scorers in the IPL at the top of the order.
If Dhawan and KL Rahul can survive the opening overs, they both have the potential to go big. They are not the quickest scorers in the opening overs – so Australia could record the highest Powerplay score – but they could put on a big opening stand.