India v/s Australia 2nd T20: Hosts look to clinch another series with win in Guwahati – This will be the first international game to be played at the newly-constructed Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Stadium in Barsapara.
India will aim to wrap the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia by winning the second consecutive game at the ACA-Barsapara stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday.
The hosts, who clinched the ODI series against Australia 4-1, have won the first match of the T20 series by nine-wickets in Ranchi.
Meanwhile, Australia will look for a better performance from their middle order to get back to winning ways and to keep their hopes alive in the T20I series.
The newly-constructed Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Stadium in Barsapara looked like a batting belter, Australia’s stand-in captain David Warner said ahead of the second T20 International.
“The wicket looks fantastic. The first game being played here it’s going to be a special one for both teams. Hopefully, we can get across the line and get that first victory here,” Warner said.
Local curator Mukut Kalita too said it would be a typical T20 wicket, full of runs.
It rained in the afternoon on Monday forcing India to call off their practice session on the eve of their second T20I against Australia.
Only a few players with the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav had turned up for the optional session.
But before they could hit the nets, a spell of showers forced them to cancel their practice. After rain stopped few of the players including Dhoni and Kohli were seen engaged in their favourite pastime – playing football.
Even in Ranchi, their practice was hit by rains for two days as it also interrupted the match with India winning by nine wickets by D-L method on October 7.
The stadium is hosting its first match but for Guwahati an International cricket match is coming after a long gap of about seven years when India beat New Zealand in an ODI at the Nehru Stadium on November 28, 2010.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ashish Nehra, Lokesh Rahul, Axar Patel.
Australia: David Warner (captain), Moises Henriques, Aaron Finch, Tim Paine (wicket-keeper), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson.