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IND vs AUS 2nd T20I: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Australia, T20I series (IND vs AUS)V

enue: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram

Date and time: November 26, 2023, 7 PM IST

India and Australia will square off in the second T20I in Thiruvananthapuram on November 26. India won the first T20I which went down to the wire.

Batting first, Australia posted a total of 208 runs in 20 overs. More than half of those runs were scored by Josh Inglis alone. Inglis scored 110 off just 50 balls at a strike rate of 220. His knock was laced with 11 boundaries and eight maximums. Earlier, Steve Smith scored a half century. The Indian bowlers largely put up a disappointing performance. Prasidh Krishna went for 50 runs in his four overs, while Ravi Bishnoi gave away 54. The only economical bowler was Mukesh Kumar, who conceded 29 runs in his four overs.

In the chase, India lost their openers early, before Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav stabilized the ship. Yadav scored 80 off 42 while Kishan scored 58 off 39. Down the order, Rinku Singh scored an unbeaten 22 to finish off the chase with just one ball remaining.

Although India won the opening T20I, they will be concerned about their poor bowling performance ahead of the second match in Thiruvananthapuram. However, they are unlikely to fiddle with their playing XI and would look to give their bowlers a longer rope. Ahead of the second game of the five-match T20I series, here is everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Pitch report and weather update for IND vs AUS, 2nd T20I

The Greenfield International track is renowned for its slow and challenging nature, providing significant support to bowlers. Batsmen often struggle to score runs smoothly on this pitch. Spinners, in particular, thrive in these conditions, posing difficulties for the batsmen. Across the three T20I matches held at this venue, the average first innings score stands at 114.

The weather in Thiruvananthapuram will be pleasant with a maximum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius. Rain is not forecast.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI, unless they want to bring in Avesh Khan for Prasidh Krishna, who gave away 50 runs in his four overs in Vishakapatnam.

Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Capt.), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.

Predicted XI: 1 Ishan Kishan (wk), 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Suryakumar Yadav (c), 4 Tilak Varma, 5 Shivam Dube, 6 Rinku Singh, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Mukesh Kumar

Australia team news and predicted XI

Team news: Australia, being led by Matthew Wade, are also unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.

Squad: Matthew Wade (Capt.), Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

Predicted XI: 1 Steven Smith, 2 Matthew Short, 3 Aaron Hardie, 4 Josh Inglis, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Tim David, 7 Matthew Wade (c, wk), 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Tanveer Sangha

IND vs AUS head-to-head

In the shortest format of the game, India and Australia have met a total of 27 times. India have won 16 of those matches while Australia clinched 10 wins. One match did not produce a result.

 Players to watch out for

Here we list five players you can pick in your fantasy team for IND vs AUS, 2nd T20I

Suryakumar Yadav – batsman, India

Suryakumar Yadav was the standout performer for India in the first T20I. He scored 80 off 42 balls at a strike rate of 190.47. Yadav’s form came under the scanner in the recent ODI World Cup, but he is now back to scoring runs in the format he has always excelled in. In 54 T20 internationals for India, Yadav has scored 1921 runs at an average of over 46 and a strike rate of 173.37.

Ishan Kishan – wicketkeeper batsman, India

Another Indian batsman who delivered the goods in the first T20I was Ishan Kishan. Opening the innings, Kishan scored a half century. With the T20 World Cup set to be played next year, Kishan will be looking to impress in all the matches in the build-up to the tournament. In 30 matches, he has scored 744 runs at an average of 25.65 and a strike rate of 123.38.

Rinku Singh – batsman, India

Rinku Singh did his job of finishing games to perfection in the first T20I, scoring a crucial unbeaten 22 to help India win the match with one ball to spare. Singh’s performances in IPL 2023 helped him earn an international call-up. In IPL 2023, he amassed 474 runs in 14 matches with an impressive strike rate of 149.53. Notably, his five sixes in the last over against Gujarat Titans played a crucial role in Kolkata Knight Riders securing a thrilling victory.

Josh Inglis – batsman, Australia

Batting first in the opening T20I, Australia posted a total of 208 runs in 20 overs. More than half of those runs were scored by Josh Inglis alone. Inglis scored 110 off just 50 balls at a strike rate of 220. His knock was laced with 11 boundaries and eight maximums. Inglis will now look for another big knock in the next game.

Steve Smith – batsman, Australia

Opening the batting, Steve Smith scored a half century in the first T20I. He scored 52 off 41 with the help of eight boundaries. In 64 T20Is for Australia, Smith has scored 1060 runs at an average of 25.85 and a strike rate of 125.29.

MPL XI for India vs Australia, 2nd T20I

IND vs AUS – where and what time to watch the match live in India

The India vs Australia T20I will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 7.00 PM IST on November 26.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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