Hyderabad: Australia are coming to the third T20 against India with a realistic chance to end their otherwise disappointing tour with a Twenty20 series win as David Warner, who captains Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, and co aim to topple Virat Kohli’s men at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
While India won the rain-curtailed Ranchi Twenty20 by nine wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series, Australia outplayed the home team in the second Twenty20 in Guwahati as they won the match by eight wickets after dismantling India for 118.
While both the teams will be gearing up for the series finale, the weather may play spoilsport.
The weather forecast for Friday is not too pleasing if you are a cricket fan as there is a possibility of thunderstorm in the city of Hyderabad. The weather also indicates rain all through the day.
While the match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. (IST), there are over 40 per cent chances of rain from 1 p.m. till 6 p.m.
While the possibility of showers goes down to 34 per cent by 7, the possibility of rain goes up to 37 per cent at 9 p.m. (IST) to 47 and 51 per cent at 10 p.m. (IST) and 11 p.m. (IST) respectively.
With the Twenty20 series all set up for a thrilling finale, the cricket lovers will hope that the raingods will change their plan and allow a 40-over contest.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Axar Patel.
Australia: David Warner (Captain), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.
The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. IST.