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Nov 29: Australia vs India, 2nd ODI, Sydney

Pro Tip: Since the game is happening at the same venue as the first ODI, we can expect a similar trend – team batting first having an advantage, top three batters scoring majority of runs and spinners getting wickets, especially while defending scores.

Our XI: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Shami, Adam Zampa

Substitutes: Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya

Player availability: Marcus Stoinis might not be available after picking up an injury in the last game. Australia have options in Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott to replace him. We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Steve Smith

The last four times he has batted against India in ODIs, Smith has recorded scores of 69, 98, 131 and 105. He has the best average (63.25), best strike rate (102.22) and most runs (1012 in 16 innings) against India among players from the top-ten ODI teams. In the last game, he scored his fastest ODI century, also the third fastest by an Australian, in 62 balls.

Vice-captain: Virat Kohli

Kohli didn’t get a lot of runs in the first ODI, but looked good. Against Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in ODIs, Kohli has scored 202 runs from 201 balls and has been dismissed only once. He has an impressive strike rate of 117.56 against Adam Zampa too.

Hot Picks

Shikhar Dhawan: India’s second-most prolific left-handed opener after Sourav Ganguly, Dhawan scored a solid 74 from 86 balls in the last game. His last six innings against Australia have been 143, 12, 117, 74, 96 and 74.

David Warner: Another prolific left-handed opener, Warner looked great in his 76-ball 69 in the last game. He hardly fails to score runs at the SCG – he has 870 in 15 innings. Warner has played three bilateral ODI series against India so far and has scored a century in each of them.

Mohammed Shami: No ODI bowler has taken more wickets than Shami since 2019: 53 in 26 matches, averaging two wickets per game. In the last three games against Australia, he has taken ten wickets, including Warner thrice and Smith twice.

Differential Picks

Adam Zampa: Zampa was among the wickets in the last game. If India are chasing again, expect the same kind of performance. He has taken Kohli’s wicket five times in nine innings, Hardik Pandya’s thrice in four innings and KL Rahul’s twice in four innings. He is also the leading wicket-taker in 2020, with 24 wickets in 11 ODIs.

Mayank Agarwal: With Zampa troubling the Indian batters in the last game, Agarwal might be the key, as he is one of the best players against spin in the Indian team. Though he has played just four ODIs, Agarwal has 13 List A hundreds at an average of 47.72 and a strike rate of 100.94.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Jasprit Bumrah can replace the spinner who bowls first – Yuzvendra Chahal or Zampa.

  • Agarwal and Marnus Labuschagne are possible swaps.

  • Similarly, Glenn Maxwell and Pandya can be swapped, depending on which team bats first.



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The Australia captain said that performances on the upcoming tours will count for a lot in final selection

Australia’s planning for the 2021 T20 World Cup has been significantly disrupted by tour pullouts but captain Aaron Finch is maintaining his focus – in more ways than one.
Finch underwent surgery on his left eye after the tour of New Zealand in March – which was the last time he played – and is hopeful of seeing a positive impact on the upcoming trip to the West Indies and yet-to-be-confirmed assignment against Bangladesh.
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“I’m seeing them pretty good,” he said in Brisbane ahead of the squad’s chartered flight to the Caribbean on Monday. “I’ve only been hitting indoors on hard wickets, so [I] think the big test will come in night matches, that’s when I noticed the biggest difference in my eyesight.



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NZ wicketkeeper-bat required just 41 balls to take game away from visitors

Gloucestershire 216 for 2 (Phillips 94*, Howell 53*) beat Glamorgan 182 for 8 (Lloyd 44, Higgins 2-27) by 34 runs

Glenn Phillips slammed an unbeaten 94 from just 41 balls to power Gloucestershire to victory by 34 runs over Glamorgan at Bristol, sending them top of the South Group.

Phillips’ fifth-highest score of his career, and first half-century in the Vitality Blast, powered Gloucestershire to 216 for 2 – their own fifth-highest T20 total. He struck nine fours and six sixes to overwhelm Glamorgan, who gave game chase for a while but could only reply with 182 for 8.

Phillips and Benny Howell, promoted to No. 3 in place of the injured Ian Cockbain, shared 130 for the third wicket in 64 balls – a record T20 partnership for Gloucestershire’s third wicket.

Phillips arrived after Miles Hammond and Chris Dent had given the innings a lively start after losing the toss, making 60 without loss. He cut Marnus Labuschagne through extra cover before lifting Dan Douthwaite over the sight screen. He blasted Prem Sisodiya twice straight back past his for four and swept him fine for another boundary in going to fifty in 26 balls.

He took 14 from the 17th over, clubbing Timm van der Gugten over long-off, before uppercutting Douthwaite for a third six. An extraordinary reverse-scoop flew over third man for six as 23 came from the 18th. In the final over, he launched van der Gugten over the longest boundary at midwicket, crashed him wide of deep cover for four and swung the final ball of the innings over deep-square.

Howell took his chance up at three to make an unbeaten 53 in 33 balls. He struck Callum Taylor for four through extra cover and wide of midwicket before a slug down the ground cleared long-off for six. He drove Weighell for four to raise a fifth T20 half-century.

Glamorgan needed their third-highest T20 total to win and stayed in the game for the first half of the chase. David Lloyd gave them a rattling start with 44 in 22 balls, striking four sixes, three of them short-arm jabs over midwicket and Glamorgan reached 101 for 4 at halfway. But Tom Smith then bowled an over for 9 followed by a wicket maiden to leave 15-an-over for the final five.

Labuschagne was, as ever, a crucial wicket and David Payne yorked him walking across his stumps. His 33 in 21 balls was well light of what Glamorgan needed.



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