Even though the Australians have been bullied in this ODI series, they can be unpredictable. On the other hand, the Indians have been dominating the visitors since Day 1.
Virat & Co. are enjoying their success and the new format will not affect their performance. The new addition to the squad is Ashish Nehra, who last played against England in February this year.
The 38-year-old’s ability to notch up pace and his death bowling ability will be a key factor for India as the left-arm pacer would add variety to the pace attack of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
Nehra has played 26 T20Is and took 34 wickets and still has the world batsmen in awe, something that was seen during the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s campaign in IPL.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been able to establish himself as a key player in the side. He is seen as a vital cog in the wheel for India’s road to 2019 World Cup.
India has a fragile batting lineup, one that has been firing so far, yet retains an air of unreliability as a unit.
Shikhar Dhawan, who had opted out of the five-match ODI series, is back after attending to his ill wife, while there’s also KL Rahul who has been chosen ahead of Ajinkya Rahane despite the latter’s four successive fifties in the ODIs.
Rahul has happy memories of Ranchi as the last time India played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in a Test versus Australia, he scored a 67 in a drawn affair.
His return from a shoulder injury has not been up to the mark as he did not get a chance in the ODI series but Rahul has been retained for the T20I series and he would look to make it count.
For Australia, it’s paramount to get back to winning rhythm with the Ashes series beckoning in a month’s time. Their over reliance on Steve Smith and David Warner and the middle order’s failure to capitalise was the reason behind Australia’s failure in the ongoing series.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.
Australia: Steve Smith (C), David Warner (VC), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa. Match Starts: 1900 IST.