Australia and India are ready to lock horns in the second T20I of the three-match series in Melbourne on Friday. The home side will go into the contest with a 1-0 lead after registering a nail-biting four-run win in the first T20I on Wednesday in Brisbane.
In the batting department, the Baggy Greens will be one again relying on the explosive trio of captain Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the team will be banking on the pace attack to deliver the knockout punch. There are no major changes expected in the final eleven.
On the other hand, the visitors will be bitterly disappointed after falling short in the previous game and will be eager to improve their performance this time around. In the batting department, the Men in Blue will be relying on top three of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on spinners to do bulk of the damage. There are chances of at least one change expected in the final eleven as leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is likely to replace left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed.
The venue which will be used for the tie is Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). There've been 10 T20Is played at the venue, where the team's highest score of 184-3 was registered by India in the match against Australia in 2016.
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