Pitch and weather: There have only been three previous T20Is at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium with one of those being an abandoned match between India and Sri Lanka in January 2020 due to rain. The two completed matches were polar opposites. Australia won by eight wickets in 2017 after Behrendorff ripped through India’s top-order with swing bowling on a tacky pitch. Five years later, India pipped South Africa by 16 runs in a match with a combined 458 runs. There is no forecast of rain, but humid conditions are expected on Tuesday with dew likely to play a factor during the match.
India vs Australia Highlights 2023, Australia tour of India 2023 3rd T20I (N), Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, Tuesday 28-11-2023.
Sky: We’re happy to bat first because dew comes on in the first over. I told the boys to continue to believe in their process, keep doing what they’ve been doing, and express yourself. Just one change: Avesh comes in for Mukesh Kumar. Who is going to play the most important match of his left: he’s getting married so all the best from us.
Wade: Doesn’t really matter too much with the dew but we’ll bowl first. It should be settling a little more as the night goes on. We have to tidy up in a couple of areas. We think we can chase down anything here once the dew settles down. The changes: Head, Behrendorff and Kane Richardson come in for Short, Abbott and Zampa.
Toss: Australia chose to bowl first.
India team: 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Ishan Kishan (wk), 4 Suryakumar Yadav (capt), 5 Tilak Varma, 6 Rinku Singh, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Avesh Khan
Australia team: 1 Aaron Hardie, 2 Travis Head, 3 Josh Inglis, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Tim David, 7 Matthew Wade (capt, wk), 8 Kane Richardson, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Tanveer Sangha
Head to Head In T20I’s: 28
India Won: 17
Australia Won: 10
India T20I Rankings: 1st
Australia T20I Rankings: 4th
(last five completed T20I’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 1:30 AM GMT | 7:00 PM Local
Umpires – Rohan Pandit, Virender Sharma
TV Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – T20I no. 2372
Post Match Presentation
We just wanted to get Maxi out quickly (laughs), that was the plan. But when you’re defending 222 with so much dew you have to give something to the bowlers. I felt like how we played at Trivandrum. There was heavy dew, they lost wickets early but wickets in hand for them meant they were always in the game. I told the boys in the drinks break to get Maxwell out quickly.
I gave Axar the 19th over because he has bowled the 19th and 20th overs before so he’s experienced as well and I’ve always thought an experienced bowler in the end, even if a spinner, with heavy dew there’s always a chance. Fantastic knock from Gaikwad, he took the innings deep after I got out. I’ve always said in franchise cricket as well that he’s a special player and the way he batted, he showed it. I’m very proud of my boys.
You don’t get much better than that (the chase). It was hard work getting those 20 overs out and obviously getting the injury late to Kane threw a spanner in the works for the last few overs. It was always going to take our best and [Maxwell] one of the best players that’s ever played T20s for Australia played his 100th game and got a hundred, so pretty special for him.
I wouldn’t say “confident” was on my mind, but we knew here we can bat in chases. When we had five overs left but unfortunately Kane Richardson hurt himself so we were one short and had to bowl Maxi. We really needed this win and a lot of guys are heading home so a chance for the younger ones and hopefully we can take it to the decider with another win.
I wouldn’t say “confident” was my first thought (to chase 222), but I was pretty grumpy after handing Maxi the last over; before that one went for 30 I thought we were right in the game but unfortunately that one went for 30 and I was more grumpy than confident. Tim David was speaking about being three down that you can bat in chases here and it’s hard to hold the ball so we got it done today.
When we had five overs left (while bowling), but unfortunately Kane Richardson hurt himself so we were one short and I was hoping we can get a wicket at some stage in those last four overs and then Maxi could get that over out but unfortunately we didn’t get a wicket and managed to go for a few runs but all in good fun. Maxi wouldn’t have got that hundred if he hadn’t tossed those 30 anyway. We really needed this win and a lot of guys are heading home so a chance for the younger ones to learn how to play in India. Hopefully we can take it to the decider with another win in the next game.
Maxwell player of the match:
It all went by pretty quickly. The dew obviously makes it difficult to hold on to, we knew it was going to be hard work to bowl yorkers, and there probably wasn’t a number in our head at the back-end to set ourselves to. We thought if we can stay in the hunt until the last over, we can give ourselves a chance. You never know it might come off the middle and you might stay in the game.
We did really well to stay in the game until the final over. Knowing that Axar had one over left meant Wadey had to be out there to cash in and I was trying to take on all the pace bowlers and get the run rate under a little bit under control. The way Wadey controlled the other end and got me through the back-end of my innings and he was brilliant out there.