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Australia bounced back beautifully at Guwahati courtesy some brilliance from Behrendorff and composed knocks by Travis Head and Moises Henriques. Their victory was perhaps too hard to digest for some fans in the city that they pelted a rock at the Australian team bus, shattering the glass. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the incident. It is episodes like these which damage the spirit of the game of cricket, in which players are encouraged to give it their all and #PlayBold, irrespective of the teams they're playing for.
We don't look forward to miscreants attempting such things at Hyderabad. But here are 5 points that we expect to see in the 3rd T20I.
1. Chasing is the order of the day: Both teams pride themselves on big hitting batsmen & back their batsmen to counter scoreboard pressure and chase down any total. Indian pitches crumble rather rapidly, but they're expected to stay firm and remain true over the course of 40 overs. This is also the season when dew makes maximum appearances at night, making it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball. These add up & have influenced why both Virat Kohli and David Warner chose to field first in the previous two T20Is. They would look to do the same at Hyderabad.
2. Revitalised Australia: Australia were highly convincing at Guwahati, easily their best showing in the series. On a pitch which played to their strengths of pace & bounce, they fully utilised what was on offer and were perpetually at India, scarcely providing any sort of relief. With one eye on the Ashes, they'd be looking to end the series on a high note at Hyderabad which would provide much needed confidence to their preparations.
3. Visitors capitalising on IPL experience: Apart from Jason Behrendorff, whose outstanding effort last game was crucial to Australia's win, all other players have played/play in the IPL. You'd agree when we say that Travis Head & Moises Henriques' IPL exposure had given them a precise idea of how to chase down that score on a testing wicket. Moises & David Warner return to Hyderabad where they play maximum of their IPL cricket & would fancy themselves to replicate their IPL form here. Dhawan wouldn't be backing down too far as well!
4. Unpredictable Hyderabad pitch: The wicket at Uppal, traditionally, has been a high scoring one. How can we forget the master blaster's 175 when India and Australia clashed in an ODI here back in 2009 when 700 runs were scored in the game. Even in the tournament opener this year, RCB and the Sunrisers had scored around 380 runs combined. Even though the pitch is expected to be a free-flowing, high-scoring run fest, the inherently dry nature of the surface should aid the spinners and perhaps provide a different spectacle.
5. India's push for yet another series win: Virat isn't one to get complacent after a string of good displays. He knows that India were thoroughly outplayed by a spirited Aussie side which utilised the conditions on offer and acknowledged that the team had an 'off day'. He'll come out with Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal and the rest of the team all guns blazing to continue to assert their dominance over world cricket. He'll know that victory in Hyderabad would be an advance Diwali gift to the entire nation.
Catch the series decider on Friday, 13th October, 7 PM onwards from Hyderabad.