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India vs Australia 2nd T20I – This is what India can do to reverse its fortunes in the next match

On September 20, Australia and India faced off in the opening game of a three-match T20I series. Aaron Finch and company overcame the Men in Blue by four wickets in a high-scoring match. India posed a challenging 208-run total, but Australia knocked it down with four balls to spare.

Axar Patel was India’s lone shining light with the ball, taking 3/17 from four overs. The remainder of the bowlers were brought to task by the Australian hitters, who scored 194 runs in 15.2 overs. A pair of missed field goals didn’t help either. Fans may see some tactical tweaks for the Men in Blue as they attempt to even the series against the Aussies in the second match on September 23.

Here’s what we think, India can do, to reverse its fortunes in the next match.

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Number 1. Back Dinesh Karthik and send him in to bat ahead of Axar Patel

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In the previous encounter, India started Axar Patel at number six instead of Dinesh Karthik, which did not pay off. The southpaw had little effect with the bat, scoring six runs on five balls. In his brief appearance at the crease, the wicketkeeper-batter failed to impress as well.

Karthik gets selected into the batting order as a designated finisher and has better hitting skills than Axar. The 37-year-old has been in excellent form recently and has shown his finishing abilities on the T20 circuit. The bowling all-rounder, on the other hand, is more of a lower-order hitter who fills in as needed.

After losing their fourth wicket in the 14th over, the Indian team management might have slid in the Tamil Nadu batter, and the wicketkeeper-batter could have unleashed in the last few overs after settling in. The Indian camp seemed to have missed a trick in the last game and may switch Karthik and Axar’s batting positions in the decider on Friday, September 23.

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Number 2. Rest Yuzvendra Chahal and bring in Ravichandran Ashwin

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Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s finest short-form spinner, is entrusted with generating breakthroughs in the middle stages of the innings. However, the 32-year-old has not been at his best recently.

Chahal was taken to the cleaners by the Australian batsmen in the game, conceding 42 runs in 3.2 overs. Apart from the game against Sri Lanka, the Haryana-born spinner was unable to make a meaningful impression at the recently concluded Asia Cup. For the second T20I, Ravichandran Ashwin might be chosen in lieu of the out-of-form leg-spinner.

Since his return to the Indian T20I system, Ashwin has been fairly good. He has five wickets in his previous five T20Is and has kept the run pace under control. The seasoned player spins the ball in the opposite direction as Axar, and the spin-duo works well together. Furthermore, the 36-year-old is more than effective with the bat and adds to the batting depth.

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Number 3. Time to bring in Jasprit Bumrah

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Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the opening match, and Rohit Sharma and co. missed him much. The Indian pacers were unable to impact the opposition in the powerplay and lacked bite towards the conclusion of the innings. The Men in Blue let up 57 runs in 20 balls at the death, which is a poor bowling performance.

India’s pace-spearhead has been the country’s strike force with the ball upfront and has been flawless in the death overs. He is quite likely to replace Umesh Yadav, who is a powerplay bowler who does not bowl at the end. Bumrah’s statistics speak for themselves. He has 69 wickets in 58 T20Is with an economy rate of 6.46.

The presence of the speedster would allow Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be employed more with the new ball, which is his major strength. Bumrah may bowl a few overs early and split the death overs with Harshal Patel, giving the bowling attack greater balance.