Shreyas Iyer said that experimentation is something we are looking forward to. Hopefully, we will get a good number for each batsman. This is the time we should try and experiment with things and hopefully it will work out in the future. In order to beat a side like Australia, you need to change your approach from defensive to attacking. It seems that KL Rahul will keep wickets as Rishabh Pant has been ruled out due to concussion. India may go for Manish Pandey or Kedar Jadhav in place of Rishabh Pant. Will Virat move back to the number three spot or he will still play at number four? Can India level the series after suffering a humiliating 1o wicket loss to Australia in Wankhede? It seems to be a high scoring ground as the pitch will favor the batsman.
Aussies played a dominant cricket in the first match of the series by defeating the Indian team by 10 wickets and finished the chase with 12 overs left. They would look to play like that only and would look to win this match in order to win the series. Aaron Finch and David Warner scored the centuries in the last game and would look to clinch the series. Their pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson are in good form as they bowled well in the first game by picking wickets at the crucial times and restricting them to 255 which was a below-par score on that wicket.
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, India
Date: Tuesday, 17th January, 2020
Match Result: India can win the match
Here are the probable playing XI:
India: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.