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IND vs AUS 3rd T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Australia (IND vs AUS)

Date: September 25, Sunday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

India and Australia will go head to head in the third and final T20I of the three-match series on September 25 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Both the first two matches were closely fought contests and the third game will now decide the winner of the series.

In the first T20I, Australia won by four wickets after what was a sensational run-chase. Batting first, India scored 208 for 6 in 20 overs as KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya scored half centuries. In reply, the visitors chased down the big target in 19.2 overs despite Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav picking five wickets between them. Cameron Green and Matthew Wade were the match winners for Australia – Green scored 61 off 30 while Wade scored an unbeaten 45 off 21.

The second T20I in Nagpur was reduced to an 8-over per side match due to rain. Batting first, Australia scored 90 runs for the loss of five wickets, which the hosts chased down in 7.2 overs, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s 20-ball 46 which came at a strike rate of 230.

The two teams will now meet for the final T20I in Hyderabad and look to claim the series. Ahead of the third and final match of the series, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for IND vs AUS, 3rd T20

The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is generally a good batting pitch and we are likely in for another high scoring match. The pacers fare better than the slow bowlers on this pitch. Only a single T20 international has been played at this venue in the past, which was between India and West Indies. A total of 207 was successful chased in the game. The captain winning the toss might look to bowl first on this wicket.

The weather in Hyderabad will be mostly pleasant and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 28 to 32 degrees.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India may consider bringing in Ravichandran Ashwin for Yuzvendra Chahal, but the rest of the line-up is unlikely to be changed, unless they want to bring in an extra bowler, in case of which Bhuvneshwar Kumar could make way in the XI in place of Rishabh Pant.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.

Predicted XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/R Ashwin

Australia team news and predicted XI

Team news: Australia made two changes ahead of the Nagpur game. Nathan Ellis was out injured and Josh Inglis was rested. All-rounder Sean Abbott and left-arm pace bowler Daniel Sams made way in place of them. Ellis is will not be available for the Hyderabad game as well.

Squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch (c), 2 Cameron Green, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Josh Inglis, 6 Tim David, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Nathan Ellis/Daniel Sams/Sean Abbott, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Head to head record

India and Australia have played 25 matches against each other in T20Is, of which 14 have been won by India and Australia came out on top 10 times. One match ended without a result

Total games – 25

Australia – 10

India – 14

No result – 1

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI IND vs AUS, 3rd T20I

Rohit Sharma – batsman, India

Captain of the Indian team, Rohit Sharma was named the Player of the Match in the last game played in Nagpur. The opening batsman scored 46 runs off 20 deliveries to help India chase down the target and level the series. One of the most dependable batsmen in the team, the skipper is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy or vice captaincy.

Jasprit Bumrah – bowler, India

Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the first game, but was brought into the attack in the second game when India needed to save the series. Bumrah, India’s best bowler currently, made an instant impact by picking two wickets and conceding only 23 runs in his four-over spell.

Hardik Pandya – all-rounder, India

Hardik Pandya, who has been in tremendous form over the last few months, scored 71 runs off 30 deliveries in the first T20I, which took India to a first innings total in excess of 200.  The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is expected to aid batsmen, and the in-form batsman will thus eye another match-winning knock.

Matthew Wade – wicketkeeper batsman, Australia

Wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade scored 45 runs off just 21 balls in the first game and followed that up with 43 off 20 balls in the next game. He will be looking for another good knock in the final game and help his side win the series. Wade has a strike rate of almost 134 in his 65-match T20 international career.

Cameron Green – all-rounder, Australia

Cameron Green scored 61 runs off just 30 balls in the previous game and also picked up a wicket. Subsequently, he was named the Player of the Match as well. He was also impressive in the recent series against New Zealand, in which he scored an unbeaten 89.

MPL fantasy XI – IND vs AUS, 3rd T20I

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

The India vs Australia third 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 7.30 PM IST on September 25.

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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