So far in nine matches against India on the current tour, Australia has won only a single match, a lone ODI. With such dismaying records Australia's morale to win against India in the next T20 will be quite far from being upbeat. A low confidence is apparent and India, with a tough form, seems ready to clinch the T20 series as well. The match at Guwahati is the second of the three-match series. As India already won the first, a victory in this fixture would take the game away from Australia.
Australia's woes are not only limited to its defeats against India, the team also must get ready for their next big games against England. The Ashes are less than a month away and with such downtrodden form, the outcomes seem apparent.
In the recent T20 fixture, the visitors have a thin advantage. The match will be played at the new stadium in Guwahati. It is the maiden international fixture in the ground. Hence, both the teams will have to face new conditions. Team India, which is dominant at home conditions would have no extra advantage, being equaled with Australia, in the aspect.
The Basapara Stadium in Guwahati has been amicable for spinners. So far, the field has produced three of the top records for spinners in first class cricket. This again made the balance heavier on India's side, given the spin prowess of the home team, and Australia's limited competence in the same. The top scorers of the team like Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell have been the victims of India's spin attack throughout the series.
In the previous match, India could not bat adequately. In this fixture, it is most likely that Virat Kohli would decide to bat first and wreak a strong score. On the other hand, the bowlers brought back from hibernation like Ashish Nehra is on spot light. Hardik Pandya being brought into the team will make it easier for Nehra to feel the pressure.
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