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- Hoping for another blast from Hardik, Kohli will also want to play a big innings
- India maintains record of 100% win in Sydney
- He has won all the three T20s played here (2016, 7 wickets, 2018 and 2020, 6 wickets).
- Lokesh Rahul has scored 404 runs in nine matches at an average of 50.50, which is the highest run by a batsman in T20 this year.
The Virat Aid Company will take on the ground on Tuesday with the intention of wiping out host Australia. The Indian team has captured the series by winning the first two T20s. The team will now want to finish the limited overs series with a clean sweep by winning the third and final match. A 3–0 win before the Test series would serve as a tonic for India. Captain Virat Kohli and the in-form Hardik Pandya must have missed 2016 when India beat Australia 3–0 after making a stunning return to the T20s after losing the ODI series. After losing the first two ODIs, India achieved a rhythm by winning the third ODI in Canberra.
Winning without Shami-Bumrah boosts morale: The morale of the Indian team will also be increased that by resting Mohammed Shami and Jaspreet Bumrah, the team relied on three fast bowlers who do not have even 40 matches total experience. T Natarajan, who handled the new ball in limited overs, made a spectacular debut in international cricket. Australian players had a lot of problems playing them. In the last match between India and Australia, the difference was also the batting of both the teams in the middle overs. Australia lost their rhythm after care captain Matthew Wade was out. On the other hand, Indian captain Kohli hit some great shots after the powerplay. It was also good for India to include Iyer in place of injured Manish Pandey.
Chahal is proving expensive: Weak link for India Yuzvendra Chahal’s poor performance was a matter of concern. Chahal, who was the man of the match with three wickets as Jadeja’s ‘concussion’ option in the first T20, proved to be quite expensive in the second match.
Finch-Warner lacks for Australia: Australia are missing regular captain Aaron Finch, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Three of these five, however, played the first T20 which India won by 11 runs. Diarsi could not perform well in the first two matches as a short opener. In such a situation, responsibility has increased on Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell. The Australian bowling attack lacks experience. It will not be easy for them to control the Indian batsmen.
Kohli the only batsman to score 600 plus runs
Kohli has scored 633 against Australia at an average of 57.54 in 17 innings. He is the only batsman in the world to score 600 plus against any single team in the shorter format. Aaron Finch (550 runs, against England) is second.
… then another team will be formed: If the Indian team wins the third T20, then it will be their tenth consecutive win. It would become the second team to win ten or more matches. Afghanistan holds the record for the most consecutive wins. He won 12 consecutive matches in 2018-19 and 11 consecutive matches in 2016-17. India and Pakistan have won nine consecutive matches.
Will become second captain: Virat Kohli will become the second Indian captain to achieve this feat against Australia on his home ground after winning the series by three-zero. Earlier, Dhoni-led India had eliminated Australia 3–0 in 2016.