Australia is set to take on India in a 2-match T20I series beginning on 24th February in Vizag. The second T20I will be played in Bengaluru on 27th February.
Hardik Pandya has been ruled out due to a back problem, Mitchell Starc is also out due to a pectoral injury suffered during the Test series against Sri Lanka back home.
India-Australia contests have always been compelling to watch. There is always buzz around whenever these two sides lock horns and with the sort of history, these two sides have, this T20I series also promises to be a cracker.
India and Australia have gone head to head 18 times in 20-over internationals with India emerging victorious 11 times. Australia has won 6 and one was a rain-affected game which ended in a no-result game. The last series these two sides played against each other ended in a 1-1 draw with Shikhar Dhawan emerging Player of the Series. Krunal Pandya was adjudged man of the match in the series leveler by India.
Let's have a quick look at the top 4 T20Is that India and Australia have played against each other.
#4 India vs Australia, Rajkot (2013-14)
This was a comeback match for the Indian legend, Yuvraj Singh. Australia put into bat by India, scored a mammoth 201 with Aaron Finch going berserk and scoring 89(52). It looked like an uphill task for India as they required 69 runs off the last 6 overs.
The comeback king Yuvraj was in scintillating touch. The left-hander whacked the bowlers all around the park as his trademark powerful flicks, ferocious cuts and elegantly lofted drives enthralled the packed house. India reached home with two balls to spare.
India 202 for 4 (Yuvraj 77*, Dhawan 32, Kohli 29, McKay 2-50, Doherty 1-24) beat Australia 201 for 7 (Finch 89, Maddinson 34, Maxwell 27, Vinay 3-26, Bhuvneshwar 3-35) by six wickets